Colnago is a manufacturer of high-end road-racing bicycles founded by Ernesto Colnago near Milano in Cambiago, Italy. Instead of following his family's farming business, Ernesto Colnago chose to work in the cycle trade, apprenticing first with Gloria Bicycles at 13, subsequently taking up road racing. .
Ernesto opened his own shop in 1954, building his first frames the same year. While building frames, he remained much in demand as a racing mechanic. He was second mechanic on the Nivea team Giro d'Italia under Faliero Masi in 1955.
I am very fortunate to own one of Ernesto’s master pieces. It’s one of my prized possession, C59.
First ride. Got the new CN-6701 chain on, but the gears need to be adjusted a bit. Next thing is a new tape on the handlebar and maybe a pair of BR-7800 to replace the also beautiful Br-7700 brakes.