Way-Assauto or Magistroni: Who produced the cranksets for Legnano? Part 2

Updated July 11, 2020 The first part of this article relied primarily on the 335 page parts catalog published by Emilio Bozzi SpA in 1950.  As discussed, there was a remarkable similarity in the overall design of steel cranksets for several decades and most people would require a brand engraving to tell one from the […]

Way-Assauto or Magistroni: Who produced the cranksets for Legnano? Part 1

Throughout the various posts and pages of this website, I have taken the position that the cranksets fitted to the Legnano corsa models and some of the top sportivo models were produced by Way-Assauto.  The conclusion thus far has been based primarily on the chainring design and what would appear to have been a well […]

Cerchi Nisi

There is a section of Legnano Component Suppliers in the main site index (to the right) that includes some information on the rim manufacturer ‘Cerchi Nisi’.  I included this manufacturer because I have come across several Legnano road models fitted with Nisi rims. Some Legnano bikes with Nisi rims are said to be unmodified examples […]

A 1963 Gran Premio frame is found in the basement of a bike shop in Uruguay

A writer in Montevideo sent me these photos of a Gran Premio frame that he discovered in the basement of a local bike shop.  Still wrapped in the original protective paper, this Legnano was resting for more than 50 years before it saw the light in 2016.  Great to see the original ‘verniciatura trasparente verde’ […]

1972 Frejus Professional ‘Corsa Speciale’ joins the collection

This well maintained Frejus Professional has joined the collection with my thanks to Craig Smith of Casper, Wyoming.  Craig is the original owner of this bike and he told me it was purchased from Oscar Waystyn Cycles in Chicago that remains in operation on Fullerton Avenue after four generations.  Oscar Sr. was the son of Emil, a […]

Flashback moment to a young Gino Bartali and his brother Giulio

Updated: April 30, 2020 The Legnano brand and the great Gino Bartali are synonymous, with two Tour de France and three Giro d’Italia victories that included a victory in the mountain classification on all three of his Giro wins, and seven mountain victories in all. And all of this was achieved around a five to […]

Federico Brozzi’s 1946 Tipo Roma in sheep’s clothing

Another interesting Legnano courtesy of Federico Brozzi from the city of Parma in Italy. It is sometimes the case that Legnano city bikes or Sportivo models have been refinished and refitted as road bikes.  Many times this is to the preference of the owner and regrettably at other times it is for the purpose of […]