Tuesday, 11 December 2012

moustache van lion

This magnificent machine was originally a Maino frame from the 1940s until Paolo Chiossi restored it to its former glory. Chiossi Cycles is based in Modena, Italy, and from the looks of things Paolo has a passion and an impressive skill for restoring vintage Italians.
Paolo removed the brake and pump bosses, and built up a pair of wooden Ghisallo rims with vintageSturmey Archer hubs—the front is a dynamo with internal wiring inside the fork leg. The rear is a coaster brake, three speed internal number, toggled by a Sturmey shifter. The cable roller is interesting, and adds a new dimension to the classic silhouette. In keeping with the standard of the time, Paolo sourced a NOS pair of whitewall Clement tires. The crank set, possibly manufactured by Marinoni, is a work of art in itself, and a lovely detail is the curved hand holder. Perfect for carrying the steed up rickety palazzo staircase. The crown on the Maino, however, is Chiossi’s pure gold badge.
Thanks to Marcello Venturelli for the photography, and especially to Luca Campanale for the tip.


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