On a recent trip to Italy, I was fortunate enough to pick up a couple of rather wonderful vintage bikes, that I’d like to keep a record of here.
First up is this Campagnolo Cambio Corsa-equipped Servadei bike, made in Forli in the early 1950s. The gentleman I picked the bike up from was the original owner, having bought it from the Cicli Servadei shop and 6-time Giro d’Italia stage winner Glauco Servadei himself.
Here are the photos, firstly from the Adriatic Coast near Forli in north-east Italy, then back home in the UK.
It really is that well looked-after. I just gave it a thorough service, removed the slightly rusty bottle cage, wrapped some new cloth bar tape and fitted a new chain.
The Cicli Servadei shop is still going strong in Forli, where the grandson of the founder, the late Glauco Servadei is now in charge. I contacted him by email to show him the bike and we got into a lovely conversation. He sent me a copy of the original logo, so I could arrange a new headbadge (see this post).
For more about Glauco Servadei, click here.
Now, back to the bike…