|Handlebar built from the same tubing as the frame?! Road disk. Sleek light.|
|Branded crank ... with belt drive|
|I got two Chesini t-shirts during my visit. This nice black one.|
|And one with the "classic" red Chesini logo|
|One of the shop windows|
Chesini steel road frames are all custom orders. The process will be familiar to someone who has ordered (or built) a custom frame before. It begins with careful body measurements, either taken directly or submitted on a form. Osvaldo, a mechanical engineer by training, is the designer and prepares the CAD drawings. After sign-off from the customer, the frame is cut, welded (or brazed) and finished, in Verona, by Chesini's master framebuilder, Andrea Businaro. Separately, Osvaldo and the customer will agree upon the paint and graphics scheme, so that these instructions can be sent together with the completed frame for painting (after cataphoresis -- electrodeposition -- or chome plating, if applicable). The main difference from many U.S. independent frame builders is the degree of specialization, with Osvaldo serving as the designer and running the business, and Andrea and other craftsmen doing the actual work.
For orders from Japan, Hiroshi Koyama at C Speed handles the interface with Chesini, make sure that they get the right measurements and the design details.
|The back room|
|Drilling and cutting tools; jigs|
|Seat tube and BB shell held secure in jig|
|Close up of same|
|More supplies. Sterzi = steerer?|
|Chesini's framebuilder, Andrea Businaro|
|Chesini product tester Giorgio Furlan, 1994 Milan-San Remo winner, and winner of|
multiple stages of the Giro d'Italia during a career in the 1980s to 1990s.
|In charge of Chesini's line of urban bikes|
But Cremona, Milan, Ghisallo and Paris were calling.