The 2016 L’Eroica Experience: The Bikes (Part One)

For 2016, L’Eroica celebrates its twentieth anniversary. For the occasion, the 20th edition offers a full programme for the three days of L’Eroica from 30th September to 2nd October, 2016. Some of that programme includes an exhibition, Concours D’Elegance of historical bikes, and a marketplace of vintage bikes.

If you don’t know what L’Eroica is about, please take a look at Part One of our L’Eroica Experience.

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The Paris Roubaix winning Gios (1977) of Roger de Vlaeminck.

We roamed throughout the area, photographing bikes for sale, exhibition bikes and bikes that were to be ridden at L’Eroica – on the white gravel roads of Tuscany. Scroll down for a gallery of some seriously nice machines…

Sponsors pantographed parts for big name ridres.
Sponsors pantographed parts for big name riders.
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Campagnolo Super Record Crankset.
Six gears with nary a gap between them.
Six gears with nary a gap between them.
Friction downtube shifters were the norm until 1984, when Shimano changed everything.
Friction downtube shifters were the norm until 1984, when Shimano changed everything.

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Clement Paris Roubaix for Roger de Vlaeminck.
Clement Paris Roubaix for Roger de Vlaeminck.
The NEW Bianci L'Eroica edition - Perfect for riding L'Eroica.
The NEW Bianci L’Eroica edition – Perfect for riding L’Eroica.
Single chainrings aren't new as demonstrated on this Guerciotti CX bike.
Single chainrings aren’t new as demonstrated on this early 1980’s Guerciotti CX bike.
This Rauler (Italian) was gorgeous. Shame I couldn't buy it.
This Rauler (Italian) was gorgeous. Shame we couldn’t fit it in our cases.
Rauler headtube.
Rauler headtube.
Alan
Aluminium Fanini aka Alan. These bikes are permitted at L’Eroica.
Stunning Colnago - Another bike I wanted to take home.
Stunning Colnago – Another bike we wanted to take home.
Teledyne Titan - The first mass-produced Titanium bike. Heavily drilled brake levers.
Teledyne Titan – The first mass-produced Titanium bike. Heavily drilled brake levers.
More drillium on the seatpost. Such weight savings were common in the 1970's.
More drillium on the seatpost. Such weight savings were common in the 1970’s.
Atala, another Italian brand.
Atala, another Italian brand.
Rossin - More Italiano.
Rossin – More Italiano.
Need a vintage shoe?
Need a vintage shoe?
Need a Bianchi? Bianchi was a popular bike at 2016 L'Eroica.
Need a Bianchi? Bianchi was a popular bike at 2016 L’Eroica.
Need a Colnago. Another popular brand at L'Eroica.
Need a Colnago? Another popular brand at L’Eroica.
The mechanics here were kept busy all weekend.
These mechanics were kept busy all weekend.
A "screw and glue" Alan being worked on.
A “screw and glue” Alan being worked on.
A lovely Pinarello. The Pomeranian thought so too.
A lovely Pinarello. The Pomeranian thought so too.
Holdsworth - British (London).
Holdsworth – British, made in London.
Tyre savers front and rear for this Holdsworth.
Tyre savers front and rear for this Holdsworth.
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Olmo, Colnago and more Bianchi’s.
So many lovely Colnago's at L'Eroica.
So many desirable Colnago’s at L’Eroica.
Another lovely Colnago.
Another lovely Colnago.
JOM's Vitus (laden with cameras) and a sweet Alan. Both frames are Aluminium.
JOM’s Vitus 979 (laden with cameras) and a sweet Alan. Both frames are Aluminium.
More of that anodized red Alan.
More of that anodized red Alan.

We hope you enjoyed the 2016 L’Eroica Experience: The Bikes (Part One) – More retro bike goodness to come, watch this space!

5 comments on “The 2016 L’Eroica Experience: The Bikes (Part One)

  1. Thanks JOM,
    Beautiful, just so beautiful!
    Those classic bikes take me back to an era when artisans created breathtakingly gorgeous bikes and riders were revered as gods for their Herculean deeds!
    Heck, I still ride one……(ageing Adonis) LOL

    1. Agreed! And, hard to believe this was leading edge equipment of the day. We take compact cranks, electronic shifting and other goodies all for granted. I had a total blast riding an older bike yesterday… I’m down for another L’Eroica event somewhere 🙂 Still have the ride report and event video to produce…

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