Wolsit: the Bozzi orphan

On or about 1907, Emilio Bozzi at the age of 34 entered into a business relationship to distribute bicycles with the Milan entrepreneur and industrialist Franco Tosi. Reports suggest that Tosi had acquired some patents from the British automotive company Wolseley and the new venture was named Wolsit, a contraction of the words Wolseley and […]

The first days of Legnano and Frejus in America: Tommy Avenia, Gene Portuesi, Ben Lawee, Paul and Peter Kent

In putting this collection of bikes together, there are several names that continue to resurface with the Legnano and Frejus brands. These were the guys that first brought these wonderful Italian ‘superbikes’ as they were called to America. Most of this history and what I am about to post pre-dates my beginnings as a cyclist […]

1961 Legnano Gran Premio joins the collection

This 1961 Gran Premio is just in the process of getting packed up by its current owner in Wilsonville, Oregon before making its way to Toronto via Bikeflights. I haven’t mentioned Bikeflights before on this site as I do not generally make endorsements however they offer a great service that simplifies the shipping process, taking […]

Serial Number Update: Legnano and Frejus 5-digit numbers in the early 1970’s. Were they a shared sequence?

A lot was changing at Emilio Bozzi S.p.A. along with many of the other traditional Italian brands in the early 1970’s as the Japanese invasion hit full stride in response to a burgeoning North American ‘bike boom’ that exceeded the production capacity of European manufacturers.  Along with Cinelli, Bottechia, Olmo and Bianchi, the top models […]