Tuesday, April 14, 2015

FrameBlock - Theft-proof bike by MilanoBike

FrameBlock is the first bicycle with the lock directly integrated into the frame. Prevent bike theft, with Italian style!

FrameBlock, which is patented by MilanoBike, uses steel cables and a burglarproof lock which are integrated into the design of the bike; the cables extend from the seatstays to a locking mechanism, both shown in red in the Kickstarter edition bike. Each FrameBlock also has a digital code on the frame which can be scanned to determine ownership.

MilanoBike has started a Kickstarter page to get the production of the bikes started. More photos, videos pricing, shipping (available worldwide), and details can be found on Kickstarter here.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Stelbel Returns

The Stelbel brand, founded in Rodano back in the 1973 by Stelio Belletti, has returned. Belletti, a passionate cyclist and a fabricator with exceptional talent and knowledge, was an early expert in the TIG welding technique. Personal problems forced Belletti to close the doors on Stelbel in 1990, and nothing more was heard from the famous framebuilder until 2013. In September of that year, there was talk of a return. The foundations were laid, and work began on returning one of Italy’s finest framebuilding brands to its former glory. Now, thanks to a collaboration between Cicli Corsa and Stelio Belletti a new generation of cyclists can purchase a Stelbel frameset.

The website is www.stelbel.it. Note that a registry of classic Stelbel bikes has been created for owners.

The currently available models can be seen here; they range from the classic "Integrale" to the modern "SB/03":


The "Ortica" track frame dropouts:



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98th Giro d'Italia Starts in One Month





We are only a month away from the official start of 98th Giro d’Italia – organized by RCS Sport / La Gazzetta dello Sport and held from 9 to 31 May – with the new spectacular Team Time Trial stage being held, for the first time in Grand Tours history, on a cycling path: along the Italian Riviera dei Fiori from San Lorenzo a Mare to Sanremo. Edition 98 of the Corsa Rosa will finish in Milan during Expo 2015. 22 teams, each with nine riders, will start the race.

THE 98TH GIRO D’ITALIA IN NUMBERS
4 – Giro d'Italia race starts in Liguria (Genoa 1980, 1992, 2004; Sanremo 1987)
5 – Mountain stages (Fiuggi-Campitello Matese, Marostica-Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo-Aprica, Gravellona Toce-Cervinia, Saint Vincent-Sestriere)
7 – Sprint stages (Albenga-Genova, Montecatini Terme-Castiglione della Pescaia, Grosseto-Fiuggi, Civitanova Marche-Forlì, Montecchio Maggiore-Jesolo, Tirano-Lugano, Turin-Milan);
7 – Medium mountain stages (Rapallo-Sestri Levante, Chiavari-La Spezia, La Spezia-Abetone, Benevento-San Giorgio del Sannio, Forlì-Imola (Enzo & Dino Ferrari Autodrome), Imola-Vicenza (Monte Berico), Melide-Verbania)
7 – Uphill finishes (Abetone, Campitello Matese, Vicenza (Monte Berico), Madonna di Campiglio, Aprica, Cervinia, Sestriere)
29 – Overall Giro d’Italia wins by non-Italians
68 – Overall Giro d’Italia wins by Italians
77 – Kilometers of time trials (17.6km “Riviera dei Fiori” team time trial, 59.4km individual time trial Treviso - Valdobbiadene)
2,178 – altitude, in meters, of the Colle delle Finestre, the Cima Coppi in the 2015 Giro
3,489.0 – the total length of the Giro d'Italia, in kilometers
43,000 – vertical meters climbed during the 2015 Giro d'Italia

JERSEYS
Balocco will sponsor the Maglia Rosa, worn by the General Classification leader.
Banca Mediolanum will sponsor the Maglia Azzurra, dedicated to the King of the Mountains classification leader.
Algida will sponsor the Maglia Rossa, worn by the Points Classification leader.
Eurospin will sponsor the Maglia Bianca, which goes to the Young Riders classification leader.

Photo Credit:  LAPRESSE AND GRUBER

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bixxis, Doriano De Rosa Follows His Own Road


Doriano De Rosa, son of Ugo De Rosa, has decided to go on his own and is creating his own brand: Bixxis. Doriano will be building only in steel and titanium (as he was at De Rosa) at a new workplace in Seregno, just outside of Milano, at Viale Edison 26.

The meaning of Bixxis: Biciclette Italiane per il XXI Secolo; Italian Bicycles for the XXI Century.

Website: www.bixxis.com  You can register your email address here for future communications.

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Bixxis




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Friday, April 3, 2015

MCipollini RB1000 Luxury Edition

MCipollini wanted to create something new and without precedent for the “Like Bike” in Monte Carlo (3rd to the 5th of April 2015) producing this RB1000 Luxury Edition in carbon, platinum, gold and diamonds.
Gold 40 grams / 18 carats
Platinum 12 grams
Diamonds 17 carats

"decals' in Platinum

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Pinarello Announces Rear Suspension Road Bike, Ready for Cobbles



On www.pinarello.com here.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Auction "Bicycles from the Embacher Collection" on 19th May 2015

Bianchi C4 1988 Project


PRESS RELEASE:

CHAIN REACTION
Auction "Bicycles from the Embacher Collection" on 19th May 2015 at Dorotheum



"The Embacher Collection" is unparalleled anywhere in the world and has previously been exhibited at Portland (Oregon/USA), Tel Aviv and in Vienna. It also attracted attention through a special iPad app „Cyclepedia – Iconic Bicycle Designs“ and the books „Smart Move“ and „Cyclepedia“ (2011), self-published or published by Thames & Hudson. Among the prominent fans of Michael Embacher’s collection are fashion designer Sir Paul Smith as well as industrial designers Sir James Dyson, Richard Sapper, and Valentino Campagnolo.

From the Funiculo bicycle, constructed in 1937 by Jacques Schulz, to the Italian ‘Skoot’ suitcase bicycle, the German Köthke tandem of 1948, or Alex Moulton’s titanium collapsible bike ONE OFF of 1991: The range of the Embacher Collection extends from 1930s bicycles to modern day examples. All of them are ready to be used. Initial bids range from 100 to 7,000 Euro.

The passionate collector selected individual bicycles that stood out for their exceptional or special design. His collection, in Michael Embacher’s words, may have originated in an attempt: “to use a particular object to demonstrate: What is design? How far can it be reduced? And how many variations does it nevertheless generate?”

Arranged in eleven colours, the fanned catalogue reflects the auctions extraordinary quality. The bicycles are arranged as a fan of colours, reflecting the storage system the collector himself used to store his collection in an attic.

Website embacher-collection.com


Article from DOROTHEUM myART MAGAZINE No. 5 "Passion in the attic": pdf here

Auction Date
Tuesday 19 May 2015, 5 pm
Viewing from
9 May 2015
Venue
Palais Dorotheum, Vienna 1, Dorotheergasse 17
Online-Catalogue from End of April
 

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