Midas touch: Ernesto Colnago's 87 gold-plated Arabesque

Joe Robinson 11 Feb 2019 To celebrate the Italian maestro's 87th birthday, a gold-plated Colnago worth €50,000 'Happy birthday dear Ernesto, happy birthday to you' rang out the tune in Greenwich's Old Royal Naval College as a guestlist only rivalled by this weekend's BAFTAs got together to celebrate the 87th birthday of cycling's great craftsman, Ernesto Colnago. Every birthday, Colnago's employees have an office whip-round to get their boss a gift. While last year only managed enough to get the Octogenarian a new set of lenses for his reading glasses and socks that tell you the day of the week, this year his Italian peers left no expense spared. Unveiled last Thursday was the Colnago 87 Arabesque, a one-off 24-carat plated bike fitted with a Campagnolo Super Record Heritage groupset - because anything else would just be wrong. The steel-tubed, gold-plated bike is connected by bespoke-designed lugs. Image 5 of ...

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