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'Bless this Mess'

Mmmmmasi!

Some mechanical assistance in linishing the frames

Columbus through and through

Gold hidden in the strangest of places.

Early Bianchi with Cambio Corsa

Early Bianchi with Cambio Corsa

Early Bianchi with Cambio Corsa

Early Bianchi with Cambio Corsa

Early Bianchi with Cambio Corsa

Early Bianchi with Cambio Corsa

Milled dropouts and stays feature on this beauty.

Production aint pretty.

Just about time for siesta.

Early Bianchi with Cambio Corsa

Pffftt. Pffffftttt.

Frame after frame.

Mask after mask.

Pelizzoli paint room.

Delicate passes between masks.

A lifetime spent in this booth.

Goldie looking frame.

Pro Hart was 'ere

An earlier capture of the painter at work.

Customers trickle through the shop

Tools down for lunch.

Italia.

MAX in the house.

Boxes of parts are strewn in the loft for later dates.

Pronto!

Concorde Prelude.

Bianchi City bike.

Steady hands for sharp masks.

There is nothing lighter than a hole.

New customers in for a fitting.

From the loft

Frame prep.

Lug city.

The frame of Baldato. Multiple Tour De France / Giro stage winner.

The cog board.

Simple instructions for construction.

Gold.

Customer spec sheets.

Hey Skip!

Pantograhping heaven.

Ciao!

Mmmmmm.

A simple and effective frame fit.

Giovanni at work.

Giovanni Pelizzoli - Ciocc

Paint booth

Ciocc passing on his passion.

Steady hands

Grazie mille!

Ready to go again.

An Early Pelizzoli

An Early Pelizzoli

An Early Pelizzoli

An Early Pelizzoli

An Early Pelizzoli

An Early Pelizzoli

An Early Pelizzoli

An Early Pelizzoli

An Early Pelizzoli

What suit are you?

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Inside Pelizzoli

If you’ve ever had an Italian frame under the Ciocc marque, it’s origins are of the hands of Giovanni Pelizzoli.

Back in 2011, between our drive from Milano to Bormio we visited the workshop of Giovanni, if only to confirm or deny all of the chinese whispers on forums of what and who he built for under various names.

If you blink you’d miss it from the road, and it was the Ciocc showroom that gave us directions to Pelizzoli.

The Ciöcc name still remains, though it was traded like playing cards in school and to this day also made in Bergamo – a stone throw down the road from Pelizolli.  Ciöcc references it’s steel past but one look inside and the emphasis is on more modern materials and shapes in alloy and carbon.

The ‘Ciöcc’ tag was Giovanni’s nickname, and means ‘poker face’ in the local dialect and is referenced iconically with the playing card suits.

Giovanni also built frames under the CONTI, Concorde, Coppi and Pelizzoli names before the sale of the Ciöcc name.  Many have passed through my hands over the years in both road and track, and I’ve dug a few from the vault.

Additional words in the image captions of the gallery above.

 

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Conti Super Record Road bike.

 

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Concorde Track Bike with Campagnolo C Record pista groupset.

 

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PDM Concorde Track.

 

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My PDM Concorde road bike.   Campagnolo C Record 8s ensemble.  This one can tell some tales.

 

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Conti FIXIE Special.  Work bike / Winter training bike.

 

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Ciocc Road with pantographed Campagnolo Super Record and Cinelli components.

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Thanks to Giovanni for welcoming us into his workshop.

Find out more at Pelizzoli World.

 

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