[CR]Coppi bike - is it real?

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Date: Fri, 17 Nov 2006 08:30:15 -0800
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "Jan Heine" <heine94@earthlink.net>
Subject: [CR]Coppi bike - is it real?

Sifting through the various Coppi bikes - the one in the Milan Technological Museum appears to be too small for the Campionissimo, the one at the Madonna del Ghisallo has a later Simplex derailleur - I wonder about Alex Clarke's machine, visible at


Are those card symbols really evidence for a Coppi provenance? Or were they used on a) top-of-the-line bikes for sale or b) on all team bikes at the time? What about the "FC" in the lugs? A true sign of a "Fausto" bike, or just a "commemorative" series?

The bike does appear to be Coppi's size, and the thinned BB shell appears to indicate a top-of-the-line Bianchi of the time. I have not yet asked Alex about the history to see whether there is more to its provenance...

Opinions appreciated.
Jan Heine
Bicycle Quarterly
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Seattle WA 98122