Sunday, December 9, 2012


It 's 1922 when Alfredo Forcesi establishes Gloria on Viale Abruzzi, 42 in Milan. He doesn't know it yet but soon the factory will be the source of the biggest talents of Italian cycling, such as Faliero Masi and Ernesto Colnago who begin to work at Gloria in the 1930s.

The racing history of Gloria starts well: after only one year of production Gloria can already boast their own bands of iridescent colors based upon the world championship victory in 1923 by Libero Ferrario. In 1931, Francesco Camusso brings the Milanese brand yet more headlines by winning the Giro d'Italia. Following this Gloria will have other champions such as Costante Giradengo and Learco Guerra.

Until the end of World War II Gloria is considered one of the best known brands in Italian cycling. Since the 1920s Gloria bicycles are recognized by the highest level of finish and their particular lugs. These are details that Colnago and other artisans will begin to employ beginning in the 1950s. The pride of the company is the "Garibaldina" model, considered one of the finest bicycles in the world. The frame is satin nickel and the lugs represent a flower with three leaves. Photos courtesy of, click here for additional photos.

One version of the Gloria logo consists of the letters AMF (Alfredo Forcesi Milan) , the colors of the rainbow (thanks to the world championship won), Gloria the brand, and Milan were the bicycles were produced.

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  1. Who owns the brand Gloria at this time?

  2. I do not know. It would be interesting to know what led to its demise.

  3. I have a Gloria bike that appears to have been built in the 60's. It has Campagnolo deraillers, shifters and hubs. Anyone have any idea as to its value?

  4. Depends on model, originality, condition, size. . Gloria's are sought after by collectors

  5. Don't know model. How do I find that? Condition is medium, has a few scratches, but is complete - no parts missing. Size appears to be medium; I'm 5'10" and it fits me.

  6. Join the mail list and ask there