Roma Olimpiade and the Gran Premio: What were the differences between the first and second tier road bikes?

I often receive inquiries regarding factory-correct components for both the Roma and Gran Premio road bikes that sat one-two respectively in the Legnano model hierarchy. I wasn’t far into this collection before I also became interested in what differentiated the two frames given that most of the detailing between the two is pretty much the […]

S.A. Fiamme of Milano

Update January 10, 2018 A fellow Legnano enthusiast in the Netherlands is in the process of restoring an early Tipo Roma cambio corso model and the online conversation turned to the period-correct rims for his project. And with that an interest on my part to update the site with some additional background on one of […]

1980 Olmo completed

It was August of 2016 that I acquired this original Olmo Super Gentlemen from Italy, and like most of the restoration projects I have undertaken a year passes quickly. The frame refinishing was undertaken by Noah Rosen at Velocolour in a stunning, deep metallic red and as always the workmanship is flawless. More of the […]

1958 Gran Premio joins the collection

This one-owner 1958-1959 Gran Premio (ser.no. EH2957) is on it’s way to Toronto from New Jersey in the coming days. As I have mentioned before, true one-owner bikes are becoming increasingly harder to find as time goes on and particularly bikes that have not been modified or upgraded over the years as this one. The […]

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 […]