We recently received an email from Valentina in Italy, introducing her bicycle refurbishing business. In her own words:
Biascagne Cicli is made by a man and a woman in a garage. We prepare bikes for passion, not as a job: this allows us to make only what we like to, without stooping to compromises. Our jobs are so abstract that we needed to make something manual and creative.
Usually, our restyling begins from racing bikes that spent the last 20 to 40 years getting bored in a henhouse or an attic. Covered with dust and rust, they still are lugged steel framed Italian bicycles, with their enormous dignity. We blow away cobwebs, spend days choosing the right colors to repaint the frameset, polish the best pieces (like some glorious Campagnolo cranksets, for example) or find new components if needed.
We often start from precious Columbus tubing framesets, but from time to time we like to save some old bicycles from the garbage. They still have the frame on, one wheel and little more than that. But a lovely heart beats inside them, and we just give them a new chance for glory. This frame, for example, comes from the trash.
In the end every Biascagne bicycle is a single piece, a unique project, as to colors and to the magical mix of either vintage or new components.
And this is a time-consuming work, we are slow, nothing is chosen at random. Many are the steps to make, and the components that we pursue for each bike are not easy to find.
But the difference shows, doesn’t it? Personality goes a long way.
Particularly when it rides a bike.
Visit www.biascagne-cicli.it for more info.