There are bicycles. And then there are Italian bicycles. Italian Racing Bicycles traces the rich history of 40 landmark brands intimately connected with racing. Enjoy this brief selection from Guido P. Rubino’s celebration of the heritage of Italian cycling brands.

In the beginning, Pinarello built sporting bikes and city bikes for men and women. The racing bikes were only for a few passionate enthusiasts or for the professional cyclists of the area. The frames for touring bikes were made directly in Pinarello’s workshop, whereas the racing frames were made by expert outside frame builders, a common setup.

Pinarello, as featured in Italian Racing Bicycles by Guido Rubino

The blue Pinarello with which Fausto Bertoglio won the Giro d’Italia in 1975.

Enjoy more of cycling’s treasured manufacturers in The Elite Bicycle: Portraits of Great Marques, Makers, and Designers.

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