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Giovanni Maino - 1950

Owned by: Garry Higgitt
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Frame
Giovanni Maino 1950; 864054  is the last part of the number on the top of the seat tube, Campagnolo dropouts, distinctive Maino tripple plate  fork crown
 59 stamped twice on the BB. Seat tube 59 cm, top tube 58cm;  Maino pantographed headset plus Maino headbadge
Wheels
Fiamme sprint rims on Campagnolo Tipo large-flange QR hubs with straight levers, Continental Giro tubs
Chainset  Campagnolo steel 3-arm cotterless cranks, sport model 1971 with
Campagnolo chainrings  52 /43 alloy
Pedals Lyotard Marcel Berthet platform
Gears Campagnolo Nuovo Record rear and Gran Sport front with Campag down tube levers
Brakes Universal Extra inc blocks brev 453949 stirrups and Model 51 first type /1951/ 61
levers, new hoods 
Stem/Bars Unknown make
Saddle Unknown make, perforated 'Made in England 73' on metal frame on Campagnolo 2- bolt alloy seatpin
Extra details Purchased at L'Eroica 2010

maino-higgitt-rb6The great racer Constante Girardengo turned pro in 1913 with the Maino-Dunlop team, and Learco Guerra (see image below) won the 1933 Milan-San Remo and the 1934 Giro d’Italia both with Maino.

Guerra was also 1931 World Road Racing Champion and Champion of Italy from 1930-34,
MAINO WAS A TOP END BIKE AND TEAM AT ONE TIME, SEEMS A SHAME NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT THEM,
After WWII. Giotto Cinelli was also good racer, good enough to be on the Maino squad in 1936 and to finish in 10th place in Milan-Sanremo

1919: "I want to do business in iron and steel and make a fair and honest profit" wrote Angelo Luigi Colombo, aged 27, to the lessee of what was shortly to become A.L.Colombo's small factory, the parent plant of the current Columbus tubing. Angelo Luigi had started work for a metallurgical factory in Milan when he was just 12 years old and, in 1919, after gaining sufficient experience, had decided to establish himself, seeing the cycling sector as fertile ground for the enormous innovative potential and obvious entrepreneurial vocation that inspired him. His first customers were mostly small manufactures obtaining supplies of metal tubes for saddle pillars, bent tubes for frames and handlebars, saddles and fork blades and tubes for pedals. Supplies were also aimed at the first leading cycling factories: Edoardo Bianchi, Umberto Dei, Giovanni Maino and Fratelli Doniselli. Five workers, an annealing furnace, a 10 ton draw bench and a great desire for success: that was the first A.L.Colombo plant in via Stradella, Milan, 1,300 square metres to produce.

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Campag cranks and front changer
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Distinctive lugwork and fork crown

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Cicli Maino poster
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Maino branded headset
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Learco Guerra