Angelo Picchio, Torino, Italy

Angelo Picchio was an unsung artisan who, beginning in 1946, crafted many champions’ bicycles, including winners of The Tour De France, The Giro d’Italia and the World Championships. He was never to receive the credit, due to the politics of race team sponsorships.

Pictured is Maestro Picchio (on the left) with his top assistant Francesco Trentin, who had been team mechanic for the Torpado team in its grandest days. All brazing was done by Picchio or Trentin.

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Updated 9.24.2013

John Pergolizzi met Angelo Picchio in Torino, and subsequently visited his retirement workshop. See the pictures HERE

Late 1970s Picchio Special in the city of Torino colors, silver with blue and yellow seat tube bands.

Kevin Kruger’s Early 1980s Picchio Special “Rigido” including advertisement for this model in Winning magazine

John Katsaras' early 1980s Picchio Special