Cinelli

Cinelli
The Cinelli story begins in the mid Seventies, when Antonio Colombo joins his father’s company A.L. Colombo, a giant involved in producing steel tubes for bicycles, cars (like Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, etc.), motorbikes (Moto Guzzi, etc.), aeroplanes (like Caproni, the very first plane to fly over Atlantic Ocean). Moreover, in the Thirties, the Columbus division manufactures high end steel tubes furniture, designed with the most influent designers as Breuer, Terragni, Bottoni, Figini, Pollini, etc. In 1977 he resigns as A.L. Columbus president and separates Columbus from the rest to develop bicycle tubing production, giving birth to one of the most famous brand in cycling history. In the Eighties Colombo takes over Cinelli, a small high end bicycle and components factory founded by Cino Cinelli, a former pro rider between Thirties and Forties, winner of three Giro d’Italia stages (1938, 1939), a Giro di Lombardia (1939) a Milano-Sanremo (1943) and many other races. In 1948 Cino decides to retire from pro cycling to found his own factory that will become a benchmark in the bicycle world. Someone may remember him as a rider, many others remember him as the father the first aluminium handlebars, the first seat with a plastic core, the first pedal straps, the first quick release pedals.
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