Category Archives: Italy
L’Eroica with a Pro and an Amateur

I’ve always wanted to do the L’Eroica in Italy!

“The first weekend in October, now for the fifth consecutive year, le coq sportif is partnering with L’Eroica, one of the greatest cycling tours held in the Italian countryside. The event will give the French brand the chance to share its passion for cycling with the international community, in the enchanting, picturesque landscape of Tuscany.”

Oct 26, 2014 No comments yet
Lino Messori

This is a great video profile on a frame builder many of us have never even heard of. Myself included…

“Lino Messori said of himself “I am nobody, but I did a bit of everything”.
Born in 1926, in Modena, Italy, Lino quickly became a local fixture both for his incomparable skills and his personality.

A master frame builder who also followed a myriad of different passions, spanning from singing with opera legend Luciano Pavarotti to never losing a single boxing match.
Lino Messori made 150 bespoke bikes over the span of his career, many of which were very special for the time and still today.”

Oct 21, 2014 1 comment
DeMarchi’s Heritage Cycling Jerseys
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As interesting as retro-inspired jerseys are, there’s very little quality to the run-of-the-mill reproductions you’ll find online. Unless you’re looking at DeMarchi’s offerings. These 100% made in Italy jerseys are either full merino, or a merino blend. They won’t itch or pill like other repro jerseys and some even have a unique story behind them. Take, for example that Cinelli jersey… It’s an exact replica of Doug Dale’s own:

“Doug Dale, a well-known American racer in the 1960’s and ’70’s lent us his original cycling jersey for the replica, one that he obtained from the legendary Kopp’s Cycles in Princeton, New Jersey USA.”

Such craftsmanship and heritage isn’t cheap, but then again, at least you know where it’s made!

See more at DeMarchi!

Oct 14, 2014 2 comments
PEdAL ED Cycling Garments: Made in Japan and Italy
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I feel like I haven’t had time to do much riding here in Austin this summer, but I did manage to get in a few rides in the new PEdAL ED garments I picked up in the UK while I was visiting during the L’Eroica Britannia.

PEdAL ED makes their wool cycling wear in Japan and their race-fit attire in Italy. Their look is quite unique, with some clever detailing, akin to Japanese clothing design and yet, it’s highly functional.

I’ll be putting some more miles into their Raku bibs before doing a proper review, but so far so good! Don’t miss that Okabe jersey or Kaidu jersey either – I wear my Kaidu on the cross or MTB. It’s one of the nicest jerseys I’ve worn…

At the end of the day, it’s not easy to make products domestically, yet PEdAL ED really nailed it. Check out more products at PEdAL ED!

Jul 8, 2014 2 comments
The Mountain Plays Burzum – Cani Sciolti Valtellina
The Mountain Plays Burzum – Cani Sciolti Valtellina

The Mountain Plays Burzum
Words and Photos by Cani Sciolti Valtellina

“Hey, whenever I look at your Tumblr or Flickr I envy you so much…”

This is the same old sentence that comes out from the mouth of my Tuscany friend Fano every time we meet. That’s because we can easily open the door and ride on the Alps, where we live, and where the history (and the present) of cycling has been written in sweat, tears, pain, joy and suffering. To ride the Alps are probably one of any cyclists’ biggest dream. Or at least it was Fano’s…

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Jun 9, 2014 4 comments