velospace is about bikes and the people who ride them marketplace photos random forums

Chesini Track

Bike tags: Track bike | 58cm | campagnolo | chesini | columbus | more tags >>
Bike photo
Click to view other photos

1973 Chesini pista

Cinelli / Cinelli

original chesini fork, stamped "chesini", columbus, full chrome, vintage Campy h.s.

Campagnolo Record Pista / Mavic Open4cd

Campagnolo Record Pista / Mavic Open4cd *(Phil 18t cog)

Campy 1973 Pista crank/bb

cinelli unicanitor saddle / suntour superbe pro s.p.

1973 campy pista pedals / izumi chain

50 x 18

This is a rare bicycle; few Chesini track bikes have made their way over
here, especially a specimen like this. Chesini, so far as my research goes, ran a
tiny shop across from the famed Operahouse in Verona --- birthplace of Romance
as we know it (ala Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet). This frame has some little details that are
seldom seen on bikes of today, and were even rare back then. I've looked at a
lot of bikes and haven't come across many with this level of attention to
detail. For instance: the head tube sports a nice engraving. Pictured is the
Opera-house, the Chesini "C" and the word Precision all carved by hand in the head tube and
lovingly hand painted. You can see, some of the letters are slightly crooked -- a nice bit of evidence of humankind, rather than precise machinework. The fork crown also bears some hand-engravings of Chesini logos.
Most interesting to me, though, is the juncture of the seat-stays with the
seat-tube/top-tube cluster. They are also hand-stamped with the name Chesini in a
way I have never seen yet, and the letters are thinly painted in gold that is hard to notice but a nice surprise. Most seat stays have that sort of cut-away
transition where they meet the main tubing, this bike doesn't. Another neat detail is
the shaping on the chain-stay tubes (impossible to photograph) --- they go
from a thick roundness and transform into a diamond shape then fade back out
into a thinning roundness again, all blending perfectly and seamlessly into a
tiny, assumedly hand carved little track-end. Another thing seldom seen, and
hard to photograph, is the cosmetic finish of the bike. The entire thing is
chromed underneath, and then a transluscent blue varnish is applied, which is thin
enough to let the blinding chrome shine through it. Note: Chrome does not rust. So, when the paint and decals chip away and die -- a mirror finish lies underneath. The decals are all
dissolving away, sadly, and too obscure to find again. One small decal is affixed to
the down tube just below the bottom lug juncture with the headtube; it depicts a
statue and the inscription: "Assagnato alla bici Chesini, Roma 1972. Oscar
della Bicicletta / Premio Internazionale Ercole d'oro". My research has turned up
little as to what this award means or if it is ficticious. The bike itself
is made from the top of the line Columbus tubing of the era, however those
decals have since been rubbed beyond recognition. Italian craftmanship and
thoroughbred blood course through this gem. Chesini, "Biciprecision".

Parts are all Campagnolo Record Pista (of the same vintage
as the frame). The seat is an old, obscure Cinelli Unicanitor in dark brown

People who friended this bike ImOnCrank, onetwentyeight, scott boyer, greg, isotopesope, Sempre_Vincere, xtalyfixedx, jitenshako, jonb, sourasher, iamjberube, plattyjo, DoshKel, sikanna, pavel, aaronmetcalf, buckingham, williammmm, jonny g, runDMC, jharris815, doubleoh2, Kadre, fraektaard, mattec, dustin, xtofuconsumerx, jonaent, papap, adamkell, barok, Cactaceae, Chesini Track, fellowfixed, moderncool, MrTom, mr.2ter, Rolls, jmcg, cannonhugodale, DirkdenD,

hey hey! I can't really see

hey hey!
I can't really see any of the pictures of your beautiful Chesini as all the links are broken...
BUT I was very happy to read the information you had written about Chesini. I have just picked myself up a very old Chesini track frame and your 2 frames are the ONLY old ones I have found pictures of and any information... Mine is pretty big (60cm) but I am tall so its fine. Its red, but the paint is in very bad shape. All chipped away but there is NO rust and NO dents or dings. it has the Chesini ingraved into the seatstays and thats about the only markings left on my old girl.
I am in NY and have basically no space so I am going to get all the parts for her and when I get back to Australia I am going to spend all my time doing the BEST possible restore I can do. My friend is going to hook me up with a Chesini pantograph seat post from the same era, I am happy about that!
If you could help me out with any more info or pictures that would be amazing!

Premio Internazionale Ercole d'oro

The award is real enough. It is rewarded by the nation of Malta for outstanding achievements in the professional and artistic arenas. It's offical name is "The Gold Hercules International Award of Knights, Oscar of Professional Activities." Sort of Malta's own blend of the Oscar award and the Nobel Prize.

Chesini catalog page depicting Gabriele Chesini receiving the award:


Damn this whip is suhweet! A real special ride. Pandora jocks this thing all day. wanna see more pics of it?

Speeding towards the -final-and-deadly showdown...

thanks dude

thanks dude! your kiyo is the real gem, though. we need jon's battaglin and we are fully rounded up and ready to vamp.

I am a sucker for those old

I am a sucker for those old adjustable track stems. What kind of condition is the frame in?

the frame is in wonderful

the frame is in wonderful condition. shiny as the day it was brought into this world. blinding, almost, on sunny days. the decals could use some care, but they do not exist anywhere on this planet unforunately.

Mike at

Mike at has helped me out before with hard to find reproduction decals. His prices are excellent when compared to others, too.

I just got all hot and

I just got all hot and bothered. That is disturbing in its beauty.


thank you! me and the chesini appreciate that. your poghi is quite the hot and bothersome bike as well! never thought of those colors; those orange highlights are quite awesome.

velospace | About | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | contact | blog | status | site map | ©