This unique Cicli Berlinetta Pista is fresher than freshly squeezed orange juice!

This unique Cicli Berlinetta Pista is fresher than freshly squeezed orange juice!

Here’s a one-off custom bicycle that really exemplifies what we’re all about. Columbus niobium steel alloy tubes are joined with our own specially cast lugs, featuring our distinctive crown motif. The rear triangle incorporates a very contemporary wishbone design at the top of the seat stays, in marked contrast to the front fork which utilises our ‘dual crown’ flat fork crown casting. The two tone paintwork includes twin ‘go faster stripes’ accenting the seat post. In the first photo the bike is seen in pure track guise. In the detail pics you’ll note that we’ve added a pair of black anodised Paul brake levers, actuating Campagnolo sidepull brakes, so that the new owner can use this machine legally on the streets of Berlin and beyond. Well, okay, he’s going to have to add some reflectors, lights and a bell to fully comply with the letter of the law, but we wanted to show you this beauty in its purest form. A fine synthesis of tradition and innovation, resulting in a crisp and responsive ride, instantly recognisable as another zesty Cicli Berlinetta custom build.

We enjoy building bicycle wheels, and we’re sure you’d enjoy riding a pair

We enjoy building bicycle wheels, and we’re sure you’d enjoy riding a pair

After the frame and fork, essentially the heart or the skeleton of the bicycle, the single most important parts have got to be the wheels. Sure, you want a lightweight bicycle frame. But did you know that weight saved from reciprocating mass is worth three times any weight saved elsewhere? Which is to say, if you outfit your bike with a lightweight pair of wheels, that weight loss makes itself immediately more apparent in motion. A well built pair of wheels will completely transform the way your bike feels., and we take pride in building wheels well at Cicli Berlinetta. The more wheels we build, the better at it we get. We’ve laced up so many that we’ve acquired a lot of experience. Don’t just take our word for it! Take one of our refurbished road machines for a spin and you’ll notice straight away that it is responsive and supple. The frame itself will define the parameters of the riding experience, but it is the wheels themselves that will maximise the riding experience that the frame and forks can deliver. If your wheels have seen better days, perhaps it is time to pay us a visit and talk about how we might improve your cycling experience by lacing up the perfect set of sparkly shiny new hoops for you. We have a nice selection of rims in stock, and we’ll happily advise you on the relative merits of this hub design over that one, which type of spokes to choose, what lacing pattern to opt for, etc. etc. Come and consult the wheel smiths of Schönfließer Straße.

Patelli Champion Special – a silver dream machine!

Patelli Champion Special – a silver dream machine!

With apologies for mentioning a tacky pop hit from’80s UK, we present a sleek, svelte, subtle, silver speed machine of a similar age from the Patelli works. Our store contains more than a few peacocks, in the form of gaudily coloured bicycles all competing for your attention. This is a bike that doesn’t shout in such an unseemly fashion. It features a fair few delightful construction details that set it apart from the competition, such as the discrete diamonds filed into the lugs, or the open tubing at the end of the chain stays and fork blades. It has picked up a chip and scuff or two down the years, which all adds up to a certain charming patina. We’ve added a few diminutive dabs of paint here and there to accentuate the simple styling and dispense a touch of Cicli Berlinetta magic. Neither words nor photos really do this sterling silver speed machine justice. It needs to be seen at first hand, or better yet, ridden, to be fully appreciated.

A lovely day, a lovely bicycle, what more could you ask for!?

A lovely day, a lovely bicycle, what more could you ask for!?

We’re feeling very much “in the pink” at the moment, and not just because the Giro d’Italia is heading to a thrilling conclusion. As the late spring days lengthen and the plentiful sunshine adds an extra sparkle to everything in our shop window, we spend our weekdays wrenching on fine bicycles from yesteryear, wrestling with (sadly all too often) neglected components that have seized through age and corrosion. With judicious application of lubrication (“More Gloop!”), a tightening of this nut, slightly more torque on this spoke, ever so little less on that one, a dab of grease here and a buff with some wax up here and on there, and “Shazam!”; another bike is rescued from the cellars of abandonment and displayed in our showroom of dreams. Ready for you to hop over the crossbar, loudly ring the handlebar mounted bell as a declaration of intent, and sally happily forth onto the boulevards and backroads of Berlin, Brandenburg and beyond, spinning the pedals of a bicycle that once again works impeccably, silently urging you further and faster, and displaying to all who see it that you have very fine taste indeed! Here comes the weekend! Saddle up! Hope we’ll see you on the road this sunny Saturday and Sunday! Or in our super store next week!

Colnago ‘Carbitubo’ twin-downtube carbon and aluminium road bike

Colnago ‘Carbitubo’ twin-downtube carbon and aluminium road bike

In the early 1990s Ernesto Colnago, manufacturer of road bikes of the highest pedigree, partnered with Ferarri, constructors of (more often than not) bright red and (in every instance) blitz quick motorcars, to pursue every possible material advantage in state-of-the-art bicycle design. One of the results of this intense research and development exercise was the Colnago Carbitubo, which was produced under licence and in very limited numbers for Colnago by Alan, another long established specialist racing frame builder.

Quite apart from the Rosso Corso, Nero and Oro paintwork, itself a real eyecatcher, this frame is immediately distinct by virtue of its twin downtubes, which make for a seriously stiff and responsive ride. Indeed, the Carbitubo (not this actual one, mind!) was ridden to numerous successes in period by none other than Tony Rominger, nemesis of Miguel Indurain, and it is rumoured that he retains more than one such Carbitubo race bike in his personal collection.

This machine has been assembled with appropriate components from the first half of the ’90s, including a Campagnolo Shamal 16/16 wheelset and an 8 speed Campagnolo Record group. It is equipped with an ITM handelbar and stem combo, shod with sticky Continental Sprinter tyres, and topped off with a nice perforated black leather Flite saddle. All in all a stand-out ride, a real conversation piece, and an investment likely to increase in value.

So the Giro d’Italia has got you feeling all sporty!? We’ve got just the thing for you

So the Giro d’Italia has got you feeling all sporty!? We’ve got just the thing for you

It’s that time of year for the first of the three great European stage races, the Giro d’Italia. Watching the fastest riders tearing through the scenic Italian landscape gets us in the mood to go for a fast bike ride ourselves. Should you also be struck by the sudden urge to emulate the exploits of Messrs. Battaglin, Wellens, Yates and Co. we’ve quite the appropriate ride. This unique and flamboyant handmade Cicli Berlinetta ‘Crono’ frame and fork has just the right amount of pink, an eye-catching curved top tube to enable you to hunker down in an aerodynamic tuck on your way to Bar Italia for an espresso, and what’s more the price is very attractive indeed.

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.


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