Bianchi, the world’s oldest bicycle manufacturing company still in existence, will be celebrating it’s 125th anniversary this year.

Edoardo Bianchi, a 21-year-old medical instrument maker, started his bicycle-manufacturing business in a small shop at 7 Via Nirone, Milan in 1885.

Throughout its modern era, Bianchi has been associated with the Italian Giro d’Italia and Tour de France winners, Fausto Coppi, Marco Pantani and Felice Gimondi.

Bianchi bicycles are traditionally painted Celeste, a turquoise also known as Bianchi Green. Contradictory myths say Celeste is the colour of the Milan sky, the eye colour of a former queen of Italy for whom Edoardo Bianchi made a bicycle (the crowned eagle of the company logo is an adaptation of the former royal crest) and that it was a mixture of surplus military paint. The shade has changed over the years, sometimes more blue, then more green.

 

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