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Short info about Tommasini

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  • Country: Italy
  • Founder: Irio Tommasini
  • Foundation Year: 1957
  • Website: www.tommasini.it

Information about Tommasini

Tommasini is an Italian company founded by Irio Tommasini in 1957. He was a master craftsman with a long-standing experience as cyclist too. Tommasini bikes belong the well-known Italian heritage, a mixture of craftsmanship skills and deep passion about cycling. Therefore Tommasini bikes are esteemed both in Italy and worldwide, nowadays as in the past. The most famous Tommasini classic bicycles are Super Prestige (Columbus SL tubings and Campagnolo C-Record group set) and Prestige (Columbus SL and Campagnolo Super Record group set). Tommasini classic and vintage bicycles remain very rare and because of this are highly evaluated.


Short info about Peugeot

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  • 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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  • Country: Italy
  • Founder: Teodoro Carnielli
  • Founding Year: 1930s
  • Website: www.bottecchia.com

A History of Bottecchia

Bottecchia is an Italian bicycle manufacturer founded in 1926, after Teodoro Carnielli began working with the great racing cyclist Ottavio Bottecchia (the first Italian winner of the Tour de France). Carnielli was already an experienced frame-builder, who supplied bicycles to racers from the 1900s. He believed, however, that Bottecchia’s knowledge of racing bicycles would improve the pedigree of his craftsmanship.


Following Bottecchia’s untimely death in 1927, Carnielli kept Ottavio’s legacy alive; by the 1940s, Bottecchia were renowned for producing some of the finest racing bicycles in Europe. The Bottecchia legend was still going strong in the late 1980s, as Greg LeMond won the closest ever Tour de France on a radical Bottecchia time-trial bicycle.


Bottecchia continue to make a variety of bicycles to this day, with their lower-end models being manufactured in the far-east and assembled in Italy. Only the highest quality frames of Bottecchia’s current range are still made from scratch in Italy.


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