Bianchi, racing bicycle, Specialissima Giro d’Italia, 1961. Italy.
With a bicycle like this, Bruno Mealli (official cyclist of Bianchi team) won the Giro del Lazio and other races in 1961. This bicycle started a new era: since the flexure of the wheels and frame absorbs power instead of unloading it on the ground, new studies on rigidity were done and applied on it. From this moment on, the frame will be made with “short geometry” to be stiff and lightweight.
UNIVERSAL brakes with center tie rod
Record CAMPAGNOLO hubs with 6 speeds and cable-operated derailleurs
Light alloy BIANCHI crankset
Grand Prix handlebar
Bianchi from 1900 on started to make power-driven vehicles too; the first Bianchi motorized bicycle though went unnoticed because it came out in 1901, the same year Umberto I was assassinated by the anarchist Gaetano Bresci. In 1902 the Bianchi relocates again, the new factories are located in via Nino Bixio and here is where the first automobiles which had a price between £4000 for the two-seats versions and £14.000 for the limousine versions. Bianchi cars were successful, not just because of the high-quality materials and the refined design, but also for the customer service. Two days of driving school were included in the price, every model had a toolbox where you could find a wrench, a tape roll and an air pump. Mechanics were also sent around the Kingdom of Italy door-to-door. They were paid £15 a day from the company and also the second-class train ticket. Room and board were charged to the customer.