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Did Michelin make hubs? (many photos)


Old 07-27-08, 07:18 AM
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Did Michelin make hubs? (many photos)

I saw a bike at the sunday morning sale and the guy was asking for a high price for a bike with one tyre. After going home and doing some reseach I could not find any michelin hubs on the internet (velo base etc), so I went back and did a deal

The bike is a mix of good and bad, (nice seat haha)

front hub

dated as 78

very clean for a 30 year old bike

are these new hubs built onto his old wheels?


Are these Michelin hubs another brand with Michelin put on them?
Did Michelin make hubs in the 80's?
Or are these new hubs from a lbs built onto the old tubular rims? (but why would the back tubular be dead and the front tyre non existant after changing the hubs?)
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Try this

That will give you some info. Do a search at the CR archives for Miche and Michelin and you will find more.

For those not inclined to follow the link or do the search. This is not the Michelin family of tire fame. The name in this case is pronounced Mee-kay-leen. Two companies have sprouted from this family. Miche and Ciclo Piave.
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Following Lynn's (CV-6) lead I found this...
Ciclo Piave

Ciclo Piave continues to build bikes in the 21st century. They are located in Santa Lucia di Piave in the province of Treviso. The Michelin family founded both the Miche bicycle component brand as well as Ciclo Piave and are related in a distant way to the Italo-French family of tire fame. From Miche company brochures:

“It wasn't common to document inaugurations or the setting up of businesses during the period of economic development. Hence, this picture, showing Ferdinando Michelin along with three collaborators who work with equipment invented by Michelin, is the first to illustrate our company's history. It was 1936 and already Michelin's bicycles had been circulating on the roads for seventeen years. Since than a lot has changed: everything except for the entrepreneurial idea originally launched that has continued and remained to be the key element in guaranteeing Michelin first place in the production of bicycle components. You will now find our present products enriched by various proposals. Our goal continues to be that of elaborating new projects for our products in order to broaden.”

Prior to the arrival of Pinarello, Ciclo Piave, together with the Tarvisium and Bottecchia, were the best selling bike brands in the provinces of Treviso and Belluno. The frame shop, in 2003, employed two builders and two part-timers. One of the builders is the nephew of one of the Ciclo Piave builders from the 50's.

Ciclo Piave dates from the inter-war years when Italian nationalism was at its peak. It came to be after an apparent schism in the Michelin family. One branch of the family continued with the original company, Miche, moving from bicycles and frames into production of bicycle components. The other branch set up shop in the neighboring village and began producing Ciclo Piave branded bikes and frames. The name “Piave” was selected due to the close geographic location of the Piave river as well as the fact that it had become a symbol of national pride in Italy. The “piave” had indeed been the front line for almost the whole of WWI and was the subject of the most famous of all WWI victory hymns in Italy: “La Leggenda del Piave” written by E.A. Mario.

Like most regional builders, Ciclo Piave saw their decline in the late 50's and early 60's as motorbikes and cars became more commonplace, with large scale distribution and marketing heavily favoring the larger national brands. It is therefore a statement of their relative good reputation in the years leading up to the decline that they are still around today. They never sponsored any big-league pro team, nor did they ever market their bikes outside of their immediate area. It is likely that the Ciclo Piave bikes would only have been sold in the provinces of Treviso, Belluno, Venice, Pordenone and perhaps Padova
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