Hey! I just noticed in that pic that part of Coppi's rear tire is painted to match his bike!
> Rob Vermeer wrote:
> > For those wondering if Masi built for Fausto Coppi and he rode Masi instead of Bianchi, this might be the partial answer.
> > Take a look at:
> > http://albums.photopoint.com/
> > Notice no typical Bianchi integrated headset and no Bianchi badge.
> > Experts can probably see other details.
> > Regards,
> > Rob Vermeer
> I wish it was an answer. I have a 22" Sony Trinitron monitor and can't
> see the upper lug because the water bottle is in the way. The lower lug
> is not clear enough to tell. Head badge, head decal, no decal, no
> headbadge doesn't tell me anything either.
> Even if it didn't have the integrated headset lugs that wouldn't mean
> that Bianchi didn't build it. Same thing for the lack of a headbadge.
> Masi or Bianchi? This will probably never be know for sure. It all
> comes down to who you want to believe. Would the point be that Bianchi
> wasn't capable of building a bike for Coppi that would be the equal of a
> Masi. I don't think so. I own a 1954 Bianchi Campione del Mondo and it
> looks just like the bikes I have seen that are bonafide ex-Fausto Coppi
> bikes. No better and no worse.
> Chuck Schmidt
> South Pasadena, California
> http://www.velo-retro.com (vintage reprints and T-shirts)