A pair of delightful classic Italian road bikes

A pair of delightful classic Italian road bikes

After having thoroughly enjoyed refurbishing these two pedigree Italian road racing bicycles we were happy that they both swiftly sold, but also just a little bit sad to see them go! Every bike we build at Cicli Berlinetta is imbued with a bit of our love, so when their new owners pedal out of the store we are filled with a mixture of pride, satisfaction and a twist of regret. The only way to beat the bike sellers blues is of course to put the next worthy candidate up on the workshop stand, and set about building up another beauty. Not that it is always easy to choose which of our wide selection of great bikes from yesteryear will be the next to get the special Cicli Berlinetta treatment!

Time to clear up a commonly made mistake in cycling jargon

Time to clear up a commonly made mistake in cycling jargon

Cicli Berlinetta has quite the reputation for being vendors of some of the choicest items from cycling yesteryear. We often describe unused items that are sometimes still in their original if sometimes shop worn packaging as being NOS. By which many think we mean New Old Stock. Well, yes, but in the specific instance of choice Italian footwear, the acronym stands in fact for

Nice Old Shoes

People keep asking “How do we get all our NOS (New Old Stock) goodies?”

People keep asking “How do we get all our NOS (New Old Stock) goodies?”

Seen here is a rare photographic image of the incredible ‘Way-back-when-omatic’ Time Machine which we at Cicli Berlinetta use to locate the cool unused bicycle components we all covet, and bring them safely into the present day for sale at tomorrow’s prices, right here on our incredible new webstore. As you can clearly see the list of customers whose bike related wants we have been able to meet, on the left, is somewhat meagre in comparison with all the handwritten dockets on the right, which represent rare and valuable bits’n’pieces that we haven’t yet successfully located in the past and brought to the present. We’re always working on better calibrating this marvellous old gadget, but spare parts are understandably not easy to come by.

Candy apple red metallic CBT (very) fast touring bicycle

Candy apple red metallic CBT (very) fast touring bicycle

Here’s a really rather splendid fast touring bike that we’ve just built up for a customer. We are, quite simply, passionate about assembling swift and stylish handbuilt bicycles such as this. The frame and forks, which are NOS (New Old Stock), were constructed in Italy using Reynolds 501 Competition tubing, featuring particularly nicely shaped chainstays, replete with with braze-on fittings for mudguards and/or carrying racks. We put this little beauty together with a nice selection of components from Campagnolo (but of course!), and a “previously-used-but-still-really-good” pair of wheels with Mavic rims shod with Continental Ultra Sport tyres.

Needless to say we would be absolutely delighted to put together a similarly speedy and svelte touring bicycle such as this delightful example, tailored to suit your needs. A machine of this kind of calibre starts from about €1400,-. A more budget-oriented build would commence from circa €1000,- and of course a higher specification would also be possible.