1961 Bianchi Competizione
A Bianchi. Coppi’s bike. Gimondi’s bike. Argentin’s bike. Pantani’s bike. A lot of racing heritage over the decades with Bianchi, and a lot of magical properties associated with bicycles that are, after all, just bikes.
If you have checked out the other Bianchis in this section you know that we’re repeating ourselves. That’s okay, because reproducing great (or at least pretty good) work over and over again was how Bianchi did things in the 1960′s too.
This is the mid-level Competizione model. A popular bike for it’s sporty handling, good looks and solid components, Bianchi produced the Competizione virtually unchanged throughout the mid 1960′s. It featured Campagnolo’s Gran Sport components along with Universal brakes, 27″ touring wheels and a Cinelli Unicanitor saddle.
The thing with Bianchi was that even if you couldn’t afford the team replica bike or the higher-end Specialissima, you still got great styling and that Bianchi heritage. Looking at this Competizione, you can almost feel the epic rides that were undertaken and the great stories that were told after the fact.
This particular bike came out of Desimone’s Cycle and Toy shop in San Jose.