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Old 12-16-11, 10:41 PM
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Some old Tommasini love...

... over on my blog. My 1992 trip to Tommasini's factory in Grosseto!

http://rorymasini.blogspot.com/2011/...tommasini.html
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And a little extra bonus... here are some brochure scans straight from Italy (although 20 years ago).

http://rorymasini.blogspot.com/2011/...sini-love.html
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MmMmMmMmMmmM.....

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He was by far the sexiest brand of my youth. Only Ciöcc matched him in the mystique of that unknown Italian rarity... you looked forward to the next sighting, maybe on RAGBRAI or in a magazine that (rarely) 'went there'.
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Very interesting stuff and how I would love to travel to Italy, with my Tommasini Prestige, and ride from here to there, then onto someplace else. I always wanted, and still do, to ride through Tuscany. Anyway...

Thanks for the information and entertainment. I would like to find a catalog or brochure for my early eighties Tommasini...
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Must have been the trip of a lifetime for you!

Great story. Italy can be romantic in so many different ways. There is nothing like meeting your idols, and then having them be as nice as they could be. Was this something they did especially for you, or could anyone bring their Tommasini in for a re-paint?
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MmMmMmMmMmmM.....

WOW! Where is this? Looks like a heaven!
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Originally Posted by Giacomo 1 View Post
Must have been the trip of a lifetime for you!

Great story. Italy can be romantic in so many different ways. There is nothing like meeting your idols, and then having them be as nice as they could be. Was this something they did especially for you, or could anyone bring their Tommasini in for a re-paint?
It was actually the first trip in a lifetime of trips to Italy! That study abroad has shaped my career path for twenty years, taken me around the world and allowed me to meet the most intriguing people you can ever imagine, including builders like Tommasini, Ciöcc, Masi and Galmozzi. It also eventually brought me to my obsession with Italian cycling history and vintage bikes!

At that time, it seemed quite easy to stop by and spend the day with them. I saved and scrimped and, being so young, they must've given me quite a deal on the repaint. I don't remember what it was, but it must have been cheap enough for a traveling college student!
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How good is that?

A trip of a lifetime, no matter how many other trips.
For a bike lover to meet the person who made it, and then have him respray it.

Yea I say it's pretty darn SWEET!
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Thanks for posting this, what eye candy!
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He was by far the sexiest brand of my youth. Only Ciöcc matched him in the mystique of that unknown Italian rarity... you looked forward to the next sighting, maybe on RAGBRAI or in a magazine that (rarely) 'went there'.
i debated taking my tommasini tecno on RAGBRAI (i live in iowa) but i will probably stick to the modern aluminum bike
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i debated taking my tommasini tecno on RAGBRAI (i live in iowa) but i will probably stick to the modern aluminum bike
Hi Casey,

Last time I did RAGBRAI was on a gorgeous, yet ill-fitting Sintesi.

I had several offers for the bicycle along the trip and promptly sold it to a fellow from northern Missouri.

Sometimes we make an effort to ride a bicycle that doesn't quite fit us, but after hundreds of miles, an ill-fitting steed is reduced to a literal pain in the rear.

The Sintesi I have atm is a gem however that deserves a new Campy gruppo and some serious love.

They are a delight to own and ride.
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We stayed in an agriturismo near Volterra on our last visit to Italy.

An unbelievable trip, and highly recommended.

We did day trips around the hill cities, and one of our longer jaunts brought us to Grosseto.

When we stopped at the Tommasini shop/facility, it was near 12:30, and they were closing for the day.

I think the women's name was Barb and she insisted on showing my wife and I around.

She was a delight!

Ended up purchasing water bottles and a jersey.

There was a blue early 1980s Tommasini on the wall that wouldn't fit into my suitcase, so I had to leave it behind.

We are currently planning a return trip for the summer of 2013, and I can't wait for another visit.
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