A 1963 Gran Premio frame is found in the basement of a bike shop in Uruguay

A writer in Montevideo sent me these photos of a Gran Premio frame that he discovered in the basement of a local bike shop.  Still wrapped in the original protective paper, this Legnano was resting for more than 50 years before it saw the light in 2016.  Great to see the original ‘verniciatura trasparente verde’ […]

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 […]

1948-1949 Tipo Roma Decals

I have been back and forth these past few weeks with a fellow enthusiast discussing the correct decals for a 1949 Tipo Roma.  As we are making some headway on that topic I thought it worth sharing what has been learned.  The query began with this rather unique seat tube decal that by all accounts […]

Regina freewheels

Something that I haven’t written about are freewheels, and specifically Regina freewheels that were the factory fitting on the Gran Premio, Roma Olimpiade and most other Legnano models with multiple gearing. And unlike the history of many other components, Mr. Google hasn’t been able to come up with much in the way of a definitive […]

1952 Frejus Sport Lusso joins the collection

This original and ‘unmolested’ Frejus ‘Sport Lusso’ model (luxury sport in English) has just recently arrived courtesy of her former owner Mario Erlotti of Milan. The production year of this Frejus has been dated to 1951/52 and is fitted with all of its original components with the exception perhaps of the saddle and the tires […]