Bianchi Tour de France Collectible Road Bike 1953

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ID: 8354
Brand: Bianchi
Size: 58 cm
Condition: The bike is fully restored and in very good condition. The frame has no cracks, no dents and is not bent. All parts are working fine.
Era: 1950s
Product ID: 8354
After a personally difficult time in the aftermath of his brother's death, in 1952, the Heron unfolded his wings again and soared to timeless victories. In this year, Fausto Coppi achieved his second double of winning the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France in his own matchless style. And of course on a celeste coloured Bianchi machine!
In 1952-53, to celebrate the victory in the French race, Bianchi produced a top model called Bianchi Tour de France. It was a prestigious model that, however, did not stay long in the catalog of the Milanese house (it only appears in the 1953 catalog). Coppi's Victories overcame all doubts and the model and its name was changed to an even more prestigious sounding one. In 1953 Fausto won the World Championships in Lugano and Bianchi's top of the range model for the next years was accordingly named the "Campione del Mondo".

The Tour de France is a key model in the history of Bianchi but also, more generally, in the history of racing bikes. It is one of the first bikes that were built to fit the standard chainset and the first cable operated Campagnolo derailleur, which from then on became the norm. Before the Tour de France model, many racing bikes were operated by stick-like levers and a quick release.
Some main characters, which identify the Bianchi Tour de France, are:
- The shifting cables run inside sheaths, attached on the frame with clamps. In later models, the cables are bare, without sheaths.
- Campagnolo Gran Sport derailleurs and shifters.
- Bianchi chainset with two chainrings, usually 49/46 or 50/47 teeth models. Bianchi's previous model was a single chainring one.
- Hubs with a Bianchi branding.
- Universal mod.51 Brakes.
- Nisi rims with 32 holes in the front and 40 holes in the back.

All these characteristics form a highly collectible super bike of its time. A model that is extremely rare because it was only produced for one year and a milestone because it changed the way we thought about shifting.
There sure are not many chances to get hold of one of these beauties. So far we only managed to acquire one single model before.
This opportunity is yours.
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