Dating vintage campagnolo
The frame is a lugged construction, using Columbus Zona tubing, with resplendent chrome stays and fork ends that contrast really nicely against the Celeste green.Icons of cycling: Campagnolo Super Record derailleur Campagnolo was also part of the project, contributing special front and rear derailleurs that are modern in construction but designed to look vintage, with old-style Campag logos.The brakes are Dia Compe centre-pull and appear to offer generous tyre clearance — ideal for Eroica events where unpaved roads and strade bianche sections often require larger-volume rubber.At first glance, the L’Eroica, complete with its celeste green livery appears every bit the vintage original. Eroica Britannia: a unique event A closer look reveals that it is in fact a replica, brought up to date with modern manufacturing touches.Based on a 1952 Specialissima, the Italian brand wanted to steer clear of the original name, insisting: “The Specialissima will always be reserved for the most technologically advanced bike that sits at the top of our range.” The L’Eroica is the only new machine officially sanctioned for use in Eroica events, whose regulations require all participants to ride bikes manufactured before 1987.There is Velo cotton bar tape, 32-hole Ambrosio Montreal tubular rims, with attractive large flange hubs and tan side-walled tyres that look every bit the part.New research unlocks secrets of steel tubing It doesn’t stop there.
There has been a huge rise in the popularity of vintage bikes and events over recent years, spurred on by the famous Eroica extravaganza.
Sharing the name of the aforementioned retro cycling event, Bianchi’s majestic L’Eroica model was on display at the recent Cycle Show in Birmingham’s NEC.
The Eroica event is a celebration of classic bikes, great wine, delicious food, and all things Italian.
Riders mount vintage machines with toe-clips and down-tube shifters to ride over the course’s beautiful country roads and tracks.
Other vintage-style (but modern) bits include the embossed three-arm spider crank, quill stem, Campagnolo brake levers and Dia Compe down-tube shifters.
Incidentally, down tube shifters are compulsory in the Eroica rulebook.