The bicycle brand Gloria was founded in the year 1921 in Milan,, Italy by Alfredo Focesi. Focesi worked for Giovanni Gerbi at Cicli Gerbi in Milan before starting his own business. Focesi’s wife, Artemisia Gerbi (Giovanni’s Gerbi sister), Francesco Galmozzi and Focesi himself, had a mission to build finest bikes and they were very good at their work. In 1926 Galmozzi left Gloria and founded his own company.
Until the end of World War II Gloria is considered one of the best known brands in Italian cycling. Since the 1920s Gloria bicycles are recognized by the highest level of finish and their particular lugs.The pride of the company is the “Garibaldina” model, considered one of the finest bicycles in the world. The sportive success was just one of the reasons, why Gloria bikes were always admired. The other side was their intricate design. The top class frames received an extensive nickel coating and the most beautiful floral lugwork. There is a story that this lugs have inspired Ernesto Colnago when he designed Arabesque model. This is not completely unlikely since Colnago has started to work at Gloria at age 13 and his first bike was a Gloria Garibaldina. Also Faliero Masi and other artisians learned their first skills at Gloria facilities in Milan.
The racing history of Gloria started very well: after only one year of production Gloria already add rainbow colors to their name based upon victory of Libero Ferrario who won 1923 World championship in Zurich. In 1931, Francesco Camusso won the 1931 Giro d’Italia with Gloria-Hutchinson Team. Gloria bikes were the finest racing machines you could get back in 1920s-1930s and by no surprise theu were ridden by famous champions Learco Guerra and Constante Girardengo.
With this extremelly rare masterpiece of the cycling history, Premium Cycling reached the top of what can be offered to the vintage bike collectors worldwide. Here we are proudly presenting GLORIA Garibaldina Extra Corsa, (No.69053), dates back to 1943, thanks to special vintage bike register. Extraordinary details of the lugs, fork crowns, bottom bracket shell makes you staring at them for hours. Equiped with original Simplex Campione del Mondo gearing system, original Gloria cranks, headset among others. If you wish to go 1920s/30s style, just flipp the rear wheel and go fixed gear.
With this milestone you can get an incredible experience how cycling heroes rode back in the golden era of the cycling history or just to get a lot of attention at any historic cycling events. A museum piece.
Frame & Fork: Gloria Garibaldina Corsa Extra (No.69053)
– seat tube (c-t): 56 cm
– top tube (c-c): 57 cm
– headset tube: 14.2 cm
– standover: 79.5 cm
Gearing system: Simplex Campione del Mondo
Crankset: Magistroni Gloria
Bottom bracket : Gloria
Brake Levers: Bowden
Brakes: Universal 361666
Freewheel: Regina Gran Sport Corse (3s)
Rims: Ghisallo, wodden
Butterfly nut: vintage
Stem: Ambrosio Champion, steel
Toe cage: Ballila
Handlebar Tape: Blue, cloth
Condition: The frame has been completely restored and refubrished by professional guys. All parts are working fine.