Tolmino Gios was born in 1916, ex-professional cyclist, member of the Italian National Team for the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. In 1948 he established Cicli Gios Torino, when he built his first bike in a small workshop in Torino, Italy. Soon after, Tolmino’s son Alfredo began working for the family company and took it to another level.
In 1972, BROOKLYN (chewing gum manufacturer) entered in a pro-cycling as a main sponsor of the Dreher Team (1970-1972), which quit their sponsorship. The new team was managed Giorgio Perfetti and headed by two of the biggest stars of the era, the Paris Roubaix specialist Roger De Vlaeminck and great sprinter Patrick Sercu. From 1973-1977 the BROOKLYN team amassed an enviable list of results including classics such as Paris-Roubaix, Milan-Sanremo, Tour of Flanders and the 1974 Tour de France green jersey. Famous ‘GIOS BLUE’ colour was developed by Alfredo Gios to match stars and stripes on the jersey of the BROOKLYN team. This unique and recognisable colour combined with the success became an iconic part of a rich Italian cycling history…. and to this day enjoys an almost cult among cycling enthusiasts worldwide.
In early 1970s the Italian master framebuilder Gilardi was engaged from Bianchi’s Reparto corse to build bikes for Dreher Team. After a successful job with Dreher he was choosen to build the GIOS BROOKLYN bikes as well. For early 1973 racing season, Brooklyn riders used 1972 Dreher bikes, made by Gilardi, repainted to Brooklyn winning blue colors. All team bikes for pro riders made by Gilardi has a significant ”star” drilled under the bottom bracket shell and this make us underdstand we are talking about a piece of the cycling history here.
Proudly presenting this steel icon – the GIOS Torino Record by BROOKLYN Team 1973. The superb frameset is made of Columbus SL, with signicant ”star” under the bb shell, built with Campagnolo Nuovo Record groupset with 175mm cranks, Cinelli cockpit and saddle. The GIOS family confirmed this bike belongs to a 1973 BROOKLYN Team. Still waiting for a confirmation, but very likely it’s a Patrick Sercu‘s bike. Unfortunately the sticker with a rider’s name on the a top tube almost disapper, but we can see it’s a short last name with 5 maybe 6 letters. We can find a Patrick Sercu‘s bike at GIOS historical register and this one has the exact same frame measurments. No much words needed.
A real jewel! L’Eroica ready.
Frame & Fork: GIOS Torino Record for Brooklyn Team, frame no.272 / Columbus SL tubing
-seat tube (c-t): 59 cm
-top tube (c-c): 57 cm
-headset tube: 15,3 cm
-standover: 82,5 cm
Crankset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record 175mm (No PAT)
Bottom bracket : Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Nuovo Record (PAT.72)
Headset: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Shifters: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Brake Levers: Campagnnolo Nuovo Record
Brakes: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Handlebar: Cinelli 65
Stem: Cinelli (115 mm)
Hubs: Campagnolo Record
Cassette: Regina S.C.
Chain: Regina S.C.
Seatpost: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Gios pantograph(27,2mm)
Saddle: Cinelli Unicanitor
Pedals: Campagnolo Nuovo Record
Toe cage: Christophe (orignal)
Leather straps: R.E.G. red (original)
Tubulars: Continental Giro (new)
Handlebar Tape: cotton, biege
Condition: Used, but very good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents, not bent. Original paint and decals. Some signs of normal use. All parts are working fine.