Sunday, October 31, 2010

Fausto Coppi 's Track Bike

One of Fausto Coppi's track bikes is in the Coppi family home where his son Faustino (above) and family live now.

This track bike was used between 1949 and 1950. Note the fork design.

Photos by Giuliano Camarda; click on photos to enlarge

Update: some comments were left and sent directly to me as follows:

"The fork detail is Fiorelli. I'm not sure if that would date the bike a little later or not?"


"Nice photos on your great blog. However, the story of Fausto Coppi using a "Coppi"-branded bike with the typical fork crown in 1949/50 appears unlikely. During those years, he rode for Bianchi. In fact, Coppi rode for Bianchi at least until 1954. In 1956, he rode for the "Coppi-Carpano" team on bikes with that unusual fork crown. So that bike probably is almost a decade younger than claimed. Considering the the story of the bike obviously isn't correct, I wonder whether it really is a bike _ridden by Coppi_ or a _Coppi-branded bike_? "Coppi's bike" can have different meanings... The history of these purported team bikes is often hard to decipher, as we found out when we did the research for our book "The Competition Bicycle" where we included authentic, original bikes of the champions where possible (meaning after the 1930s...)
Jan Heine Editor,
Bicycle Quarterly"


"Here are two images of a real Coppi pista bike-the "Pokerissimo" owned by Giuseppe Drali. Drali has another Coppi Strada bike as well as several other important Bianchis. Hs father worked for Bianchi and bought the bikes from them."

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  1. The fork detail is Fiorelli. I'm not sure if that would date the bike a little later or not?

  2. Beautiful machines all! The photos of the house make us wish we were there. will show anyone interested a photo from the Coppi reliquary in Castellania. During our visits we've been hosted every time by Piero Coppi, first-cousin to Fausto and Serse, while over the years we have met Marina Coppi and her son, who make wine in the area.

  3. Hi, this is a Fiorelli-Coppi track bike... date 1958/59.