Classic bikes: A tour of Colnago's Italian factory

James Spender 28 Jun 2018 Ernesto Colnago talks Cyclist through some of his favourite creations at his factory in Italy ‘I remember I had to lie to get the job,’ says Ernesto Colnago in his office in Cambiago, Italy. Short, slightly stooped but still spry at the age of 86, the great framebuilder is nearly lost behind his vast mahogany desk and a litany of awards, photographs and memorabilia that covers almost every wall and surface. Bicycles are very much where his heart is and seemingly always have been. He cheerfully regales us with the tale of forging papers to secure his first job as a welder’s assistant in the Gloria bicycle factory when he was just 13 years old. The young apprentice progressed quickly, and by the time he turned 20 in 1952, he had set himself up as a subcontractor, building bicycles for other companies in Cambiago, just ...

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