Re: [CR] pogliaghi at cicli berlinetta / Nick March french bike collection

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Date: Sun, 17 May 2009 16:28:12 -0400
From: "Greg Arnold" <>
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Thread-topic: [CR] pogliaghi at cicli berlinetta / Nick March french bike collection
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Regarding the Pogliaghi at Cicli Berlinetta -I suspect it is not the original headtube decal. The serial number dates this as an early 70s Pog. I chased down - successfully - a similar frame (with original paint and decals) and must say it is one of the tightest, quickest handling steel bikes I've ever ridden (and at 6'3", I ride large 62+cm frames so 'quick' and 'tight' are not often part of the lexicon). Low bottom bracket setup and whatever special sauce angles seems to account for it. And its very pretty. aghi/

I mention this because 1) I think the Pog at Cicli Berlinetta is not getting its due - decals and paint don't necessarily mean it isn't well built or will not ride superbly! Just shows neglect and lack of respect over the years. SIMILARLY!! - and I must add for our french contingent, Italian builders built bikes that rode wonderfully, won lots of races, and garnered the respect and adoration of many many champion riders from all countries for HOW THEY RIDE! That's not mythology - its documented history.

Nick - thank you for the look at your Meral and other French bikes.

Its a real education for any CR listers who don't know these great bikes. but your captions are a bit rough on the Italians!

Viva La France to be sure! Singer was an amazing builder. So was Francis Quillon (is your bike a Quillon frame?) But Masi, Cinelli, Pogliaghi, Bianchi all deserve the same respect!

Ta petite collection de vélos est vraiment mignon et merveilleuse - Je te prie d'accepter, l'assurance de mes sentiments les meilleurs!;

Kind regards all

Greg Arnold NYC