To see the first CHESINI bike we have to go back to the time between the two world wars.
We are indeed in 1925 when, from the skilful hands of Gelmino Chesini, founder of the prestigious brand, the first innovative bike was created. The first model of a race bike, named CHESINI BICIPRECISION is forged in that year, in the workshop of Nesente, a small village near Verona.
In the post war period, the activities grow quickly and, in 1947, Gelmino Chesini acquires a bike factory, CICLI VALLETTI, and moves the headquarters of CHESINI BIKES to Via San Paolo. in Verona.
The sixties are the years of the Italian economic boom that brought a big change in people mobility. Cars were now more affordable and popular and started to became a status symbol.. And so, to further capitalize on the deep knowledge in precision mechanics and on the experience in the production of distribution mechanisms Mr. Chesini starts a service center activity for SINGER sewing machines.
However CHESINI never stops researching innovative solutions for its bikes. In 1963 a Chesini bike wins the Solo 100 km World Amateur Championship and in 1964 and 1965 CHESINI also wins the Team 100 km World Amateur Championships.
Soon the collateral activities were abandoned, choosing to follow the passion for the production of the highest quality bikes. As Gabriele Chesini, son of Gelmino, and strenuous and dynamic continuer of the company, used to say,
Our real and unique intent is to build special race bikes, perfect for racer and amateurs
With the passing of time it became clear that the pursuit of this goal was antithetical to large scale production, but there was no doubt as to which route to choose deciding, rather, to aim even higher by adding to the renowned quality even the uniqueness.
Today every CHESINI bike is special because unique, handbuilt one by one with dedication, skill, attention to details and unchanged passion.
New steel alloys are ways different from steel tubes used till the eighties. The material now at our disposal allow outstanding performance, especially regarding fatigue resistance, a very high breaking load and insensibility to overheating and all this with really limited weights.
These mechanical properties combined with the great workability of the material allow a wide range of responses, making the bikes suitable for different routes and different cyclists, characteristics that give the possibility to build a real “custom” frame.
At present our production consists of 10 models of steel frames that will accomplish the wishes of the most demanding cyclists. Our frames are built one by one thus making possible a lot of customization, in geometry, size, kind of tubes, color and more. Useless to say that the result is to build a bike, your bike, which will be simply “unique”.