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A History of Masi

Masi, or Masi cicli, was founded by Faliero Masi in 1949. Faliero Masi had been a professional cyclist since the 1930s and throughout his competitive career he had accumulated an array of knowledge about steel bicycles and their properties as racing machines.

 

Faliero had his own way of fitting racing bikes to their riders, becoming known as 'the tailor'. He built bikes for both Jacques Anquetil and Fausto Coppi, but as the popularity of the Masi brand grew, many professional racers had already signed contracts with other companies. This, unfortunately, meant that Masi bicycles were not in as much demand as Faliero had initially hoped for.


Short info about Olmo

Olmo Logo

  • Country: Italy
  • Founder: Giuseppe Olmo
  • Foundation Year: 1939
  • Website: www.olmo.it

Information about Olmo

Before introducing Olmo vintage bicycles it is interesting to find out about how this brand was founded and how it became so successful. Giuseppe Olmo was one of Italy's most famous cyclists in the 1930s. With a Italian amateur team called Azzurri he achieved second place in the World Cup in Denmark in 1931. At the Los Angeles Olympics in the following year he was awarded a gold medal in the team time races. He became then a professional cyclist, signed with Bianchi and this partnership was very successful. Between 1932 and 1938 Olmo won the Milan-Sanremo twice and many stages in the Giro d'Italia and the Italian National Road Race Championships. Olmo additionally beat the world one hour record in 1935.

Olmo's classic bicycle venture

When Olmo retired in 1938 he went back to his hometown of Celle Ligure, which is where he founded the classic bicycle brand Olmo Biciclette.These high quality steel bicycles can be compared to the well-known classic bikes of Colnago. Olmo used his experience as an athlete in the development of new bicycles. Olmo's vintage bicycles became very popular and the brand grew to produce not only racing bicycles, but also city bikes and mountain bikes. The production of Olmo bicycles is still located in Italy. The brand remains a very popular choice today, for both the range of vintage bicycles built in the 70s and 80s and the range of new designs which are being developed for the future.


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.