Bianchi Branded Vittoria Margherita Bicycle 1940s

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ID: 19454
Brand: Bianchi
Size: 56 cm
Condition: The bike is in good condition. The paintjob has been redone at some point. The decals are not original. The frame has no dents, cracks and it is not bent. All parts have been checked and they are working.
Era: 1940s
Available in store: Wilhelmstr. 91, 10117 Berlin (BMB 02-19)
Product ID: 19454

1930s and 1940s were interesting times when it goes to cycling equipment. Even though derailing systems have been around for a while, Italian companies have gone their own way. One of the most dominant was the design invented by Tommaso and Amedeo Nieddu. It was first introduced in 1932 and called Vittoria Margherita. The first version was basically a very robust chain tensioner operated by hand. It didn't have any derailing mechanism and a rider had to push the chain from one sprocket to another simply by his fingers or foot. Obviously, this wasn't just dangerous, but very very difficult to do as well. This didn't stop Alfredo Binda winning the World Championship Road Race though.

The design we show you here was introduced in 1935 and it has been improved by adding a clever set of metal flippers on top of the chinstay to shift the chain. They could be operated using a flexible rod and a handle, which, as you can imagine, saved many fingers from being seriously hurt for sure. It became so successful, that five consecutive Giro d'Italia victories were achieved using this derailleur.

And here were present you a classic road bicycle which sports this piece of cycling history. Looking at the frame, it is clear that it is very nicely made. Altough it is Bianchi branded and Some parts are Bianchi too, we struggle to assign it to any particular model of this ancient brand. Not that there were no similarities. The seat lug with a bolt in front of the seatpost, the headset is integrated in a similar way, as on Bianchi bikes of that era and it is painted in iconic celeste color.

Regarding the equipment, it is not all about the shifting. It has other nice parts like Bianchi crankset, steel stem and bars with a bottle holder, F.N.I. leather saddle or a beautiful pair of M.Brruzzo profiled wooden rims.

Classic Italian bicycle with nice parts, which will be just perfect for tackling the Eroica routes.


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Frame & Fork Steel lugged frame
Rear Derailleur Vittoria Margherita
Headset integrated
Crankset Bianchi; 170 mm; 48 ratio
Bottom Bracket Cottered
Stem steel; 65 mm
Stem bar steel; 40 cm
Shifters Vittoria Margherita
Brakes aluminium calipers (brand unknown)
Brake levers aluminium levers (brand unknown)
Hubs F&S rear - 4-speed; 22/18 ratio
Rims M.Brruzzo wooden; 700C tubulars
Tires Pirelli Specialissimo Corsa Leggero (rear); Vittoria Mondiale (front)
Seat post Slassic steel pin
Seat F.N.I.
Handlebar tape cotton tape
Pedal Lyotard
Chain Velo
Seat Tube (c-t): 56 cm
Top Tube (c-c): 57 cm
Head Tube: 13 cm
Standover: 79 cm
Calculate my size Recommended inseam length: 82.5 cm - 85.5 cm
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