[CR] Coppi - Fiorelli bikes

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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2009 22:28:37 -0400
From: "David G. White" <whiteknight@burlingtontelecom.net>
To: <FujiFish1@aol.com>
References: <c34.60feb9c2.37f661fa@aol.com>
Cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR] Coppi - Fiorelli bikes

Hi Mark,

I'm excited to see these photos because I've been trying to date my Coppi (Fiorelli made) frame. Mine looks similar to what's in the photos.

http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/David-G-Whites-Bikes/Coppi/ (mapped)

The date on the magazine suggests the era of my frame may be mid to late 1950s. Hugh Thornton has a frame similar to mine.

I wish the photos were a bit clearer as to equipment: brakes, derailleurs, crank, headset, etc. I'd love to build mine up with the gear Coppi used on his own machine. If anyone can interpret the photos and tell me what the equipment is, I'd appreciate it!



David G. White Burlington, VT

FujiFish1@aol.com wrote:
> Hi Mordecai,
> Those are my scans, as evidenced by the identical fold line through SPORT
> on the front page image, taken from the front and rear covers of Lo Sport
> Illustrato, volume #29, July 19th, 1956. Here are links to much larger
> versions, that have been posted on Wool Jersey for a couple of years:
> <http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/fujifish1/OtherVintage/CatlgsMagsScans/
> Coppi/SI56_29Luglio19PgRrA.jpg.html?g2_imageViewsIndex=1>
> Or: http://tinyurl.com/yazjhdz
> <http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/fujifish1/OtherVintage/CatlgsMagsScans/
> Coppi/SI56_29Luglio19PgRrB2.jpg.html?g2_imageViewsIndex=1>
> Or: http://tinyurl.com/ybwro9o
> With the enlargements, it is easy to see that he is on a Fiorelli built
> bike. Note also that the brake levers are turned sideways, thus requiring
> thumb muscles to actuate, instead of squeezing forward in the "DUI" style.
> The later method, as Sheldon Brown always pointed out, is very dangerous
> since braking will cause your body weight to surge forward with palms bracing
> upon the levers, thus increasing the brake pressure and creating a
> potential flip-over situation. Enjoy safely!
> Ciao,
> Mark Agree
> Southfield MI USA
> ~ ~ ~
> Date: Thu, 1 Oct 2009 12:30:52 -0400
> From: "Silver, Mordecai" <MSilver@iso.com>
> Subject: [CR] Coppi with reversed handlebars
> To: Classic Rendezvous _classicrendezvous@bikelist.org_
> (mailto:classicrendezvous@bikelist.org)
> Coppi shown in Lo Sport Illustrato in a more relaxed moment:
> http://i36.tinypic.com/2d9p4yd.jpg
> http://i38.tinypic.com/2q0pt78.jpg
> Thanks to Carl Fogel who posted these on r.b.t. As someone pointed out
> there, these aren't technically DUI handlebars, because they were
> actually removed from the stem and flipped, not just rotated backwards.
> Mordecai Silver
> New York, NY, USA
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