Gears were almost always Campagnolo. Tubing, you could be sure was Columbus. Legs, like the bikes, were made of steel.
The Ferro, as old Italian cyclists called the steel bicycle, was splendid with colors that smelled of spray paint, shiny pantographed shifters on the downtube and long looping cables sprouting from the brake levers.
These cyclists expected nothing more than to watch the riders pass, especially those from the North.
Riders like Jan Raas – The Flying Dutchman – who won many one-day races. Even today, he is the fourth most successful classics rider of all-time behind the Belgians Eddy Merckx, Roger de Vlaeminck and Rik Van Looy.
Ferro is born of that era. It’s metal finish recalls the steel of the bikes, the brown tortoise shell acetate tips recall the leather saddle, and the rainbow flag detail was found on most bicycles of the time.