maanantai 26. maaliskuuta 2012

De Rosa Neo Primato, original color themes from the 80es.

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De Rosa is synonymous with everything cyclists know and love about Italian bikes: passion, master craftsmanship, skill and precision. Whether it's the hand-finished steel Neo Primato frameset which catches your eye or the Merak Carbon, all bikes are created with the same close attention to detail by the family-run De Rosa company, which is based in Milan.

These are the bikes which Ugo de Rosa dreamt of building as a teenager back in 1947. More than half a century later, his dreams are reality and countless champions have ridden – and still ride – his prestigious bikes. His love and enthusiasm for cycling is reflected in every single bike made. A De Rosa bike is the kind of bike you buy and keep forever...

maanantai 9. tammikuuta 2012

Solo-Superia. Bought jersey. What is the history?

This is the jersey I just got from Wiggle.  
And here is some historic facts and pictures.

51e Tour de France (1964), De Solo-Superia ploeg. Van Looy (in trui Belgisch Kam…

Eddy Merckx rode a Superia for the fabulous 'Dream Team', Solo-Superia team in 1965; his first year as a professional. The team list for that year contained many riders who would find their places in Belgiums Cycling Hall of Fame. Notable Superia riders included Rik van Steenbergen, Rik van Looy and Patrick Sercu.

Superi was made in Zedelgem, Northern Belgium. The lion of Flanders is prominently displayed.
Superia was founded by Remi Claeys. His father and grandfather had produced bicycles in their Belgian workshop as far back as 1846, In 1926, Remi and his three brothers formed Claeys Brothers, which produced Flandria bicycles. Differences of opinion caused Remi to seperately produce Superia bicycles with his name on the headbadge. The date of the split is probably between 1949-56. Superia and Flandria bicycles were made under the same roof, with a dividing wall between the two companies. Remi passed away in 1974.
Rik van Looy (midden) ziet af in de Tour van 1965 (Foto: archief Wim van Eyle)

Paul Smith interview by Rapha