Way-Assauto or Magistroni: Who produced the cranksets for Legnano? Part 1

Throughout the various posts and pages of this website, I have taken the position that the cranksets fitted to the Legnano corsa models and some of the top sportivo models were produced by Way-Assauto.  The conclusion thus far has been based primarily on the chainring design and what would appear to have been a well […]

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’ […]

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 […]

Flashback moment to a young Gino Bartali and his brother Giulio

Updated: April 30, 2020 The Legnano brand and the great Gino Bartali are synonymous, with two Tour de France and three Giro d’Italia victories that included a victory in the mountain classification on all three of his Giro wins, and seven mountain victories in all. And all of this was achieved around a five to […]

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 […]

Serial Number Update: The two numbers stamped on the seat lug are not serial numbers.

  Please see the most recent update here on the two-digit production numbers: The two numbers stamped on the back or right side of the seat lug on Legnano frames produced after 1966 were not serial numbers and by no means should they be confused with ‘team bikes’ or representative of the year the frame […]

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 […]