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 […]

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 […]

Feature of the week: 1967 Roma Olimpiade

We are into the winter months now and I have just finished a light restoration of my 1967 Roma Olimpiade that began earlier in the year. This bike came to me fromĀ Peter Rossbaum and it is listed in the menu on the right for more of the background. And IĀ have already written about the Columbus […]