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 frame builder in Belgium before immigrating to the USA and opening a small shop in 1910 on Hoyne street before moving to Fullerton Avenue. The business is now in the hands of his son Oscar Jr. and his son Scott. So very few of these early shops in America have stayed in operation and let alone ‘in the family’ as this one has. How wonderful is that?
1970-1971 Emilio Bozzi catalog for Legnano, Frejus and Wolsit. With the exception of the paint scheme and decals, the Frejus Professional and the Legnano Roma shared the identical frame construction and components including the unique position of the seat post binder bolt that was always unique to Legnano. This shared construction of the Frejus Professional with the Legnano Roma may well reflect the closure of the massive Legnano factory on the Strada Statale 527 in 1971 with all production moved to the Legnano factory at 1 Piazza Emilio Bozzi.
Craig tells me he purchased the Frejus prior to heading off for a tour of northern Europe. I am looking forward to Craig sharing a little more of the history and hoping he may have kept a few photos of that early bike tour, recalling many of my own treks to Europe about the same time. The bike is still in it’s original condition and well looked after as is typical of a respectful owner. Craig is packing up the bike and we will let Bikeflights handle the transport as I am very pleased over the years with their diligent and careful service. Until the delivery man arrives, here are a few quick pics of the bike that Craig shared with me.
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