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Book excerpt: Italian Racing Bicycles on Moser

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Italian Racing Bicycles
Professor Dal Monte and his original design for the record bicycle, later made with a few modifications such as double wings on the handlebars by Cicli Moser. The shape of the wheels was inspired by the radar mounted on airborne warning and control system airplanes: not a simple disc but a slightly convex shape, more lenticular. Even so, some thought the shape had been adopted only for publicity reasons. Photo: Italian Racing Bicycles

The name Cicli Moser comes with a piece of history. Francesco Moser made his bicycle factory the natural continuation of a career in which he was the Italian cyclist with the greatest number of road race victories: 273.

Italian Racing Bicycles
Over the years following 1984, Moser further improved the record. Photo: Italian Racing Bicycles

Moser’s achievement in the hour record started a revolution in bicycle engineering and aerodynamic design.

From then on, technology and scientific preparation took on new meaning in the world of racing bicycles.

Moser’s 1984 record also marked his entry into the world of builders.

The bike he used to set the record bore the Moser brand.

He had set up the company as part of a plan for a future in which technological research would be the flower in his buttonhole.

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