Re: [CR]1930s racers

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Date: Sun, 16 May 2004 10:15:34 -0700
From: Jan Heine <>
Subject: Re: [CR]1930s racers


Thanks for the references. I believe some of them were not racing in the 1930s, though.

Back to Olmo - do you (or anybody else) have a reference for the fact that his brother was involved in the company (companies, in fact, there seems to have been an entire industrial empire of which bicycles only were a small part)? The next VBQ will feature a wonderful 1961 Olmo... and any author has to adhere to VBQ's standards, including myself.

Also, does anybody know whether Learco Guerra built frames or was otherwise involved in the daily running of the company, or did he just "rent" his name? -- Jan Heine, Seattle Editor/Publisher Vintage Bicycle Quarterly
>Jan asked:
>> Looking for names of 1930s races who started making bicycles after
>> they retired - or better, whose names graced bicycles.
>> I have Giuseppe Olmo, Cino Cinelli, Learco Guerra. Any others?
>There are too many to name them all. Here is a very small sampling.
>All of these predate those that you mentioned:
>Luigi Ganna (founded 1910), Casati (1920), Gerbi (1920's),
>Bottecchia (1925), Rossignoli (late 1920's), Benotto (1931), Cimatti
>You should however realize that you are wrong on the account of two
>of the three that you already 'have'. Olmo was actually jointly
>founded by Giuseppe and his brothers and not by Giuseppe alone.
>Cinelli was actually initially founded by Cino's older brother
>Giotto alone and the bikes were first labelled Giotto Cinelli. Only
>later did Cino join in and the name then got switched to Cinelli.
>Giotto too was an ex-pro himself.
>Giving a quick look through Lou Deeter's wonderful buyer's guide, I
>also came across the following:
>Barale brothers, Bartali, Basso, Battaglin, Bevilacqua, Chiorda,
>Coppi, Faggin, Fondriest, Girardengo, Guerciotti brothers, Moser,
>Motta, Nencini, Ottusi and Pinarello (actually founded by Nanni's
>uncle). Not to forget an unknown framebuilder by the name of Faliero




>Steven Maasland

>Moorestown, NJ