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Italy trip Advice? Bike factories, etc. . .(7 posts)

Italy trip Advice? Bike factories, etc. . .king of norway
Mar 1, 2002 9:42 PM
Hopefully I will be travelling to Italy in 2 weeks (mid-march) and would like any advice on good bike related places to visit and see. I will be flying into Milan and will be going to the pinarello factory in Treviso. Other than that, I would like any other reccomendations or experiences anyone has had visiting any good bike shops, factories, races,or possibly good club rides.

I've heard Campy and Colnago are outside Milan but somewhat lukewarm to actually visit. I've also been told of a very famous bike shop in Milan or outside the city. Any advice from you lot who have actually travelled in this area would be greatly appreciated. I will have a rental car at my disposal and would be willing to tear up the autostrada for a good bike deal,ride,experience,etc. Thanks.
long way from Milan to Trevisobn
Mar 1, 2002 10:04 PM
but whatever... if you're there until the 23rd you gotta check out Milan-San Remo. You can go to DeRosa near Milan, restored Vigorelli velodrome (very significant history) and Masi shop, also Detto Pietro of old world shoe fame, Madonna del Ghisallo is nearby on Como (Coppi museum probably not done yet), a little farther north are some of the major climbs of Giros past, and of course Italian version of the Champs Elysees (Corso Sempione) in Milan. La Gazzetta dello Sport is based there, too. Campagnolo is in Vicenza (and Sidi too, I think)- can be done. Chesini is in Verona, co-host of 99 worlds with Treviso. Moser has a shop north of Garda. Bassano velodrome has hosted 1 or 2 worlds. In the outskirts of Treviso are Scapin, Giessegi (w/outlet store), and a whole lot of other mfgers. But if this is your first time to Italy, there is a helluva lot more to see and do than bike crap. Shops range from impressive to utterly disappointing.
enjoySpirito di Finocchio
Mar 1, 2002 10:37 PM
Colnago C-40 for $2450DWridesGT
Mar 2, 2002 10:20 AM
I agree with the previous post, if you're coming to Italy you should make bicycling a secondary mission. There is FAR to many other great things to pass up. Just spread your time evenly. Go to Rome, then a bike store. Go to the Vatacan, then a bike store. Go to the Roman Colessieum, then a bike store. Check out Michealanglo's stuff in Florence, then hit the bike stores.

I am in Northern Italy right now, (in Vicenza), home and headquarters of all-things-Campy. Their warehouse here is huge and not really open to the public. They don't sell anything there either.

But there are 100's of cycling stores everywhere. Just today, I seen a Colnago C-40 B-Stay frame/fork/seatpost for only Euro 2,777 (which is about $2,450 USD) I tried to explain to my non-cycling friends that this was such a great deal, they didn't seem impressed or convinced. So, I simply purchased my REAL cinelli cork bar-tape for just under $5 USD and uttered "ciao" while exiting.

Life is good

re: Italy trip Advice? Bike factories, etc. . .gtx
Mar 2, 2002 10:44 AM
just realize that doing anything in Italy is about three times as complicated as doing it in the US. This is why when I go to Italy (about every two years) I try to avoid doing anything even vaguely complicated. I bring my own bike and just ride (riding in Italy is actually very uncomplicated--the roads don't close from noon to four, and it's very nice to not be treated as enemy #1 by cars). There is lots of great riding in Northern Italy. Personally, I'd rather do that than visit some bike factory.
re: Italy trip Advice? Bike factories, etc. . .king of Norway
Mar 2, 2002 5:05 PM
Thanks all for the advice. I have actaully spent quite some time in Italy but nothing really biking related except for a few rides in tuscany. Since I was going to be in the area and doing bike related activites I just wanted to get as much bike advice as possible so that when I return I won't get knocked over by one of those stories that start " You went to Milan and didn't stop in at ________, the single most unbelievable cycling ______ in history. . . idiot!!!! thanks again.
Mar 4, 2002 1:22 AM
If you are in Milano and have a couple of hours, go up to the Vigorelli Velodrome. Underneath is the Masi workshop. Alberto, Faliero's son, now runs the shop and it's worth a visit just to see the pictures going back over the last 50 years showing the cycling greats which line the walls. It's a small shop with no showroom. The bikes there are either being built, repaired or ready to ship. Alberto's nice and friendly. The Vigorelli Velodrome was being renovated when I was there in June but it should be finished now and is also worth seeing.

The closest subway stop is about a 25 minute walk although buses go right by the Velodrome. It may be easier to take a cab, depending on where you are located. Both DeRosa and Colnago are located outside of the city. Like the other posters, I'd rather be seeing the sights, eating and drinking but apparently it's worth going to Treviso (if you're in Venezia) to see the Pinarello factory where they also have a store.