Re: [CR]Faliberto Esposito bike

(Example: Framebuilding:Paint)

Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 09:55:05 -0700 (PDT)
From: Jerome & Elizabeth Moos <jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Re: [CR]Faliberto Esposito bike
To: Fred Rednor <fred_rednor@yahoo.com>, The Maaslands <TheMaaslands@comcast.net>, CR <Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
In-Reply-To: <83847.94627.qm@web30612.mail.mud.yahoo.com>


I agree about "another beautiful Italian bike". It seems that In The Day there were dozens, maybe even hundreds of builders in Italy turning out frames with a very high level of detailing. Most of them even the CR membership probably never heard of. Makes you wonder why certain marque like Cinelli, Masi, Poliaghi and DeRosa have acquired mojo and can command several thousand dollars on eBay. Granted, these bikes can be stunning, but equally stunning frames from other builders remain completely unknown and unsought after.

The other thing that amazes me about Italian builders is the level of detailing some of them will apply to frames built with relatively inexpensive tubsets like Columbus TreTubi or Aelle.

Regards,

Jerry Moos

Fred Rednor <fred_rednor@yahoo.com> wrote: > You can see detailed photos of the bike here:
> http://www.wooljersey.com/gallery/maasland/Esposito/ I have
> tried to
> describe the many special elements of the bike in the
> descriptions.
>
> BTW, it won the prize in the artistic 'Trompe l'Oeil'
> category.
>
> After being informed of the comments of those that were
> present, Stefano would love to hear the comments from the
> group that did not make it down.

I love it! It's really beautiful, although in some ways it's just another beautifully built Italian bicycle. But I don't mean that in any sort of pejorative sense. Rather, it makes you wonder why some of those frames receive so many accolades while other bikes - which deserve equal merit - are ignored.

In any event, beyond the more obvious reasons to appreciate these bicycles, their history is interesting and make the bikes that much more appealing. (And I love the way "Faliberto Maasi" on the top tube is rendered in the same style as "Faliero Masi" on those other bikes.) Best regards, Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)