Edoardo Bianchi Started a workshop at 7 Via Nirone, Milan in 1885 at 21 years old. This was the start of Bianchi Bicycles. At the time Penny Farthings were the fashion and Bianchi worked on many diverse projects including surgical instruments, electric doorbells and wheel hubs. He is credited with building the first bicycle to use Dunlop’s pneumatic tyres and the resulting cycle became a huge hit.
Bianchi was summoned by Queen Margherita to Monza to teach her to cycle . He designed a cycle for the Queen and many orders followed. In 1895 Bianchi was Appointed by King Umberto a official supplier to the royal coat of arms is still proudly displayed as the head-badge of Bianchi cycles.
Bianchi soon developed a racing department “Reparto Corse” which he saw as essential to the development of his Bicycles. Over the years Bianchi has been ridden by many champions here is a run-down of a few:
II Campionissimo – Champion of Champions.
Regarded by many as the Greatest Cyclist who ever lived. A great all rounder who was able to Climb and Time trial.
Honours 2 x Tour de France , 5 x Giro World Champion 1953, 3 x Milan San Remo.
Il Pirata – The Pirate.
A Climbing Specialist who was a favourite with many fans. Often wore a bandanna – hence the nickname.
Honours Tour de France and Giro 1998
Lion King – due to his golden Maine.
A charismatic and fearless sprinter who was regarded as a sex symbol and womaniser. He did little to dispel these notions with comments such as, “If I weren’t a professional cyclist, I’d be a porn star”.
Honours Road World Champion Milan San Remo 42 stage wins in Giro.
As we know Bianchi was The first manufacturer to use Dunlops pneumatic tires.
We also have seen that he created the first women’s bike in 1895 as a special commission for Queen Margherita.
However he is also credited with inventing this folding mountain bike in 1915, it was made for the Bersaglieri the Italian high-mobility light infantry unit during World War I. It is also the first bike to have a rudimental suspension system.
These values and innovations are still alive today with Bianchi innovative designs and technical achievements, have a look at their CounterVail Vibration Cancelling Composite Technology here
What is the story behind Bianchis famous Celeste colour?
- It was the colour of Queen Margharitas eyes.
- It was a lucky accident when painting Faustino Coppi’s bicycle.
- It was the colour that was made out of left over paint after the fall of Missolini.
- It is the colour of the Milan sky.
- Its a good colour that stands out in the peleton.
There are many myths and romantic stories as to why Bianchi use the turquoise – green/blue colour
If you scour the internet you will find many articles proposing they have the answer .
Here is the best article I have found.