When I come across a bicycle in it’s original condition and well preserved after 50 or 60 years it brings a huge smile to my face. And I think to myself, whoever owns this bicycle is a respectful person. He or she cares about their life and that makes me think they also care about the people around them. In my mind’s eye I see someone who enjoys the quiet routines of life, someone who is well settled in their own skin, and someone that I would like to meet.
This spectacular 1956 Mod.38 Sportivo was recently acquired by Alessandro Alex of Bologna, IT. The original condition of this bike is quite remarkable for the 64 years that have passed since it first rolled out of the factory. Obviously this bike was well loved, well maintained and most likely had the good fortune to reside indoors when it wasn’t being ridden.
The dedication of the original owner is fully expressed in the Legnano branded saddle that was carefully re-upholstered some years back by a skilled craftsman to the original format. Many people would find it much more convenient to simply replace the saddle with a new one. Properly repairing the saddle takes time, you have to find the right person to do the work and the cost of repair may well be greater than a new one.
As the new owner of this wonderful Legnano, Alessandro also becomes the custodian of the legacy and respect this Mod.38 has received over the years. I am confident this treasure of the past has found the right owner for the road ahead and many years to come. Now let’s enjoy some photos of this beautiful Legnano. Grazie mille Alessandro.
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