Cinelli crest drawing. (source: Cicli Su Carta)
Cino Cinelli was a professional rider in the late 1930s and 1940s. He won some stages at Giro d'Italia, a Tour of Lombardy in 1938 and a Milan-Sanremo in 1943. He also had flair for mechanics and when he retired from races in 1948 he had the chance to realize many of the ideas he conceived during his racing years.
Cinelli introduced many innovations in order to strenghten the bicycle frame. For his classic model 'Supercorsa' he developed a sloping fork crown with internal lugs in order to shorten the fork blades. The seat lug had been completely redesigned too. The stays were not welded aside the lug but they both descended from the seat bolt.
Cinelli means competition at the highest level: in 1960 he supplied frames and components to the Italian team taking part in the Olympic Games, and in 1968 the danish rider Ole Ritter used a Cinelli frame equipped with a special aerodynamic fork to beat the world hour record in Mexico City.
Another trade mark of the company was the constant innovation in components. In addition to frames and lugs Cinelli produced the best steel bars and stems, introduced in 1951 the first leather toestraps, in 1962 the first plastic saddle, in 1963 the first aluminum racing bars, and in 1971 the first clipless pedals.
Cino Cinelli was also one of the founders of the AICP, the Italian Association of Professional Riders, of which he has been president for 24 years, and wrote a book on training for cyclists.
In 1978 he sold his company to Antonio Colombo, owner of Columbus, the famous manufacturer of tubing for bicycle frames.
(source: text and drawing by Cicli Su Carta)
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