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 […]

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 […]

Discovering Armando’s 1951 Tipo Roma Simplex Model

Each week I enjoy receiving queries from readers around the world as to how old or what model is my Legnano.  Please keep these emails coming (info@condorino.com) as I enjoy the opportunity to share what I know and also to add new knowledge for the benefit of all Legnano aficionados.  Many of your requests are […]

Where are all the NOS Legnano bikes coming from? Are they for real or fake?

I have had many inquiries from readers about the large number of new-old-stock (nos) Legnano bikes that have been turning up for sale in recent years.  The question is, “Are they real or are they reproductions”?  Although I have hesitated to offer a definitive answer, I have generally believed them to be the real thing […]

1960 Mod.50 T.S. joins the collection

This very special and rare Mod.50 T.S. joins the Legnano Collection with my special thanks to Mario Erlotti of Albignano, Italy.  Mario was also responsible for the very fine 1950 Frejus Superleggera that joined the collection in June of 2016.  Mille grazie Mario! The Mod.50 was Legnano’s top-of-the-line ‘Sportivo’ model and there are several fine […]

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 […]