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Alan Logo

  • Country: Italy
  • Founder: Falconi Lodovico
  • Founding Year: 1972
  • Website: www.alanbike.it

A History of ALAN

ALAN was founded in 1972 by Falconi Lodovico, naming the brand after the names of his sons; Alberto (AL) and Annamaria (AN). Falconi wanted to create something new amongst the wave of Italian frame-builders who used steel to construct their bicycles. After much research, Lodovico discovered the possibilities of aluminium and created a new patent for his construction methods, one that revolutionised the industry.


Instead of simply welding tubes together like traditional steel frames, he created threaded tube junctions, where various elements of the frame would screw into each other before being bonded together. This unique method also used a special glue from the aeronautical industry, and ALAN frames quickly became known for their structural integrity and quality of construction.


ALAN bicycles dominated the cyclocross scene for the following 20 years, and many professional riders on the road also used ALAN frames. The sporting successes of Lodovico's brand are astounding - 20 World Cyclocross Championships, 5 World Track Championships, wins of the Spring Classics and stage victories in the Grand Tours.


Such was the prestige and respect for the brand, many bigger companies sought help in designing their products from ALAN (Guerciotti and Colnago to name but a few). ALAN were also the first pioneers of carbon fibre technology in cycling, constructing frames that combined carbon and aluminium as early as 1976. Professional cycling only saw carbon fibre bicycles take off in the 21st Century, thus the forward thinking approach of Falconi appears to be particularly special.


Short info about Peugeot

Peugeot Logo

  • Country: France
  • Founder: Jean Pequignot Peugeot
  • Foundation Year: 1882
  • Website: www.peugeot.com

Information about Peugeot

Peugeot is one of the big veterans when it comes to vintage bicycles. Jean Pequignot Peugeot was a Frenchman who built watermills. He also made steel works and in 1882 he made the first bicycle, a handmade high-wheeler. The Peugeot steel work became very useful. During the first world war they produced 63 000 bicycles per year and 10 000 plane engines! Peugeot was keen to draw attention to their classic racing bicycles and as a result they started to sponsor riders. In 1896 Paul Bourillon became world sprint champion in Copenhagen on a Peugeot bike. In 1905 Peugeot got their first Tour de France winner: Louis Trousselier.

Peugeot's cycling success

In the following years Peugeot won the Tour de France a total of ten times, a record no other team has beaten. Peugeot and their rival Mercier wanted to stay in the Tour game, but in the mid 1980s it became very expensive. Pascal Simon and the Peugeot factory team's hunt for the yellow shirt was over. The Peugeot classic racing bicycles were not solely Peugeot manufacture. The frames often came from small, independent craftsmen. But whilst most other teams used the popular and well-known Campagnolo series from Italy, Peugeot preferred classic French parts. The standard were Stronglight crank sets, Simplex dérailleurs, and Mafac brakes.

Peugeot's vintage bicycles

Peugeot made many lines of vintage bicycles, but one of the most popular ones is the PX-10. It was ridden by Tom Simpson, Eddy Merkx and Bernard Thevent. The PX-10 was in production from 1953 to 1990, but when the PX-10 was introduced in 1975, it took over for the PX as the most popular racing bicycle from Peugeot. 

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