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Old 08-05-12, 10:20 AM
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Coppi's 1949 TdF Bianchi

Too cool not to post. Original write-up here, http://biciclettedecadence.blogspot....sto-coppi.html






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Old 08-05-12, 10:35 AM
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I like the derailleur hanger, very cool bike. It's refinished right?
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That's pretty spiff, iab.

I've been waiting for one just like that to pop on Craigslist here, but I may as well faghedda bout it.
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Originally Posted by elguicho View Post
I like the derailleur hanger, very cool bike. It's refinished right?
Second paragraph, "la bici è stata restaurata completamente," translates to "the bike was completely restored".
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Thanks iab. Great photos. First time I have seen photos of that bike in the sunlight.
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Super sexy....
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BEAUTIFUL! thanks for posting.
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Is that black tape where the brake cable clips would be?
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Is that black tape where the brake cable clips would be?
Cloth bar-tape, which was a typical use for the era.
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Originally Posted by iab View Post
Second paragraph, "la bici è stata restaurata completamente," translates to "the bike was completely restored".
I was too lazy to attempt reading Italian. Would anyone say it is less valuable because it was repainted? Just wondering.
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Cloth bar-tape, which was a typical use for the era.
Interesting.
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That is beyond cool. Is the drive a 1x5?
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Originally Posted by elguicho View Post
I was too lazy to attempt reading Italian. Would anyone say it is less valuable because it was repainted? Just wondering.
Coppi's 1949 TdF bike? With that provenance, it probably doesn't matter.
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That is beyond cool. Is the drive a 1x5?
There are 2 up front.
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There are 2 up front.
Geez. Not sure how I missed the derailleur. [runs off and hides in corner of shame]
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Can't see the details on this one too well, but the Coppi bike in "The Competition Bicycle" book seems beautifully made (unrestored). Must have been something when new.
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Can't see the details on this one too well, but the Coppi bike in "The Competition Bicycle" book seems beautifully made (unrestored). Must have been something when new.
Hit the link for detail photos.
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Really cool pics!!!

Here is the VERY literal translation (just ran it through an Italian translation thingy): Good read though...

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The Bianchi of 1949 Fausto Coppi

Many have already seen the cicloappassionati live in any event, where Gianfranco Trevisan is inevitable protagonist, but for all the fans who have not had the luck to touch the "myth" with hand are very happy to publish for the first time ever Web Bianchi of 1949 belonged to Fausto Coppi Campionissimo, and now owned by friend and collector Trevisan.
This was with great probability is one of the bikes (if not only) used by Coppi during the 1949 Tour victory, the bike was completely restored, but some signs point to a fall, that's probably the famous fall in stage 5 , Rouen, Saint-Malo.
Noted the story that revolves around this famous fall, and fell heavily demoralized Coppi was about to abandon the continuation of the race, defeating the potential to move up the overall standings, Bartali, his companion of adventure tour to the strappazzò well and put it back in the saddle ... the rest is legend: Coppi arrives in Paris with a 7'02 "lead over the second, his teammate Bartali.
Returning to the bike is curious to note that the number is a number larger than the bikes on display at the Museo del Ghisallo Coppi!
The frame is in classic measures used by Coppi perfectionist, with the seat tube from 61.3 cf, the pipe is 11 cm Cinelli iron marked Bianchi, Ambrosio aluminum handlebars, Brooks B17 saddle inevitable, Universal brakes brev. 361666, Campagnolo hubs FB-labeled Bianchi, aluminum pedals and crankset FOM Magistroni double plateau to work in conjunction with the Simplex derailleur lever manual. The great feature of this bike is designed for the dropout rate Simplex, Bianchi (unlike almost all other brands) never adopted the change in its Simplex bike series ... brackets with the Simplex was very short, only in 1949 and partially in 1950, but only for bike racing department, the change in mass production the French remained a taboo. Origin of the choice of the racing department using the Simplex in 49-50 season probably lies in the grounds of sponsors.
Like all Bianchi racing department of the late 40's the "I empty" in the crown and the ribs on the bottom carriage is painted red, unlike the classic blue that characterize the entire production (including industrial) of the 50 White / 60.
After the feast of photographs of this legendary bike you just have to come and see live with his sister the 1954 (also owned by Gianfranco Trevisan) in the various event and ciclostoriche held through 2012!
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That is awfully cool!
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Cool indeed. Perhaps one of the most historically significant bikes in existence.
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I wonder, is this the last set of cottered cranks to win the Tour? If it wasn't, it couldn't be far from it.
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