Updated: June 11/2020

1963 Beltramo Giro d'Italia

Lino Beltramo was born in 1898 in the province of Asti, and moved to Turin at a young age. In 1915 he opened up his first bicycle shop. After serving in the first world war, he returned to to Turin and settled in the village of Vanchiglia. In 1922 he moved his workshop to Via Lessona, an area where cycling was prominent. In the 1930s his business grew and employed several helpers. From the 1930s to the 1950s, many of the local riders rode bikes by Beltramo. Due to political reasons, in 1943 he was forced to close his workshop on Via Lessona. He later reopened the workshop. In the 1950s his bike production started to decrease, and passed away in 1968. Here is a link to a movie about Beltramo and his bikes: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-nIMMEP9fY THE BIKE Frame: 1963 fillet brazed Beltramo in original paint (azzurro metallizzato). Model A550, Giro d'Italia. Serial number 3859 marked on seat tube and fork crown. Columbus tubing (see drive side chainstay). However, Beltramo also used Libellula tubing. Brakeset: Balilla Tipo 62 calipers and levers, with Universal brake pads. 1950s Campagnolo clips with detailed engraving, unlike the later versions. Notice, the braze-on studs to accommodate the center pull brake calipers. This treatment on a racing bike was later used (although sparingly) by Marastoni and De Rosa, to name a few. Handlebars: Ambrosio Champion Stem: Ambrosio Champion Headset: Campagnolo Record Shifters: Campagnolo Record Front Derailleur: Campagnolo Record, 1st generation with cable stop. Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Gran Sport with cable tension adjustment. This feature was eliminated in 1960. Crankset: Campagnolo Record 2nd generation, 151 BCD Bottom Bracket: Campagnolo Record Pedals: Campagnolo Gran Sport 2nd generation. Christophe Special toe clips with Balilla straps. Wheelset: Campagnolo Record hubs laced to Nisi Moncalieri rims withStella spokes. Lock nuts date hubs to 1963. Chain : Regina Gran Sport Super Corsa Freewheel: Regina G.S. Corse 5 speed Seatpost: Late 50s Campagnolo steel. Last version before the introduction of the alloy post in 1960. Saddle: Brooks B-17