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 […]

1980 Olmo completed

It was August of 2016 that I acquired this original Olmo Super Gentlemen from Italy, and like most of the restoration projects I have undertaken a year passes quickly. The frame refinishing was undertaken by Noah Rosen at Velocolour in a stunning, deep metallic red and as always the workmanship is flawless. More of the […]

1958 Gran Premio joins the collection

This one-owner 1958-1959 Gran Premio (ser.no. EH2957) is on it’s way to Toronto from New Jersey in the coming days. As I have mentioned before, true one-owner bikes are becoming increasingly harder to find as time goes on and particularly bikes that have not been modified or upgraded over the years as this one. The […]