Titanium made in Italy

Some more on Trecià.

Autodelta, for those who don’t know, is famous for something a little bit different than bikes:

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Titanium Bicycles

Not many people know that, but Italy gave a really important contribution to the production of titanium bicycles. During the 70’s, mr. Amelio Riva (from Mozzo, a little village near Bergamo, north of Italy) created a brand called “Trecià” which had the aim to produce the first titanium bicycles. During the Cold War titanium was used only for military purposes and it wasn’t so easy to find, so mr. Riva procured the materials by himself and produced the tubes. He even bought the weld chamber from the company Auto Delta.

We are proud and thankful to have so many amazing people who honor our country!

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The story of Thomas Stevens

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From http://www.nytimes.com/indexes/2016/01/07/nytnow/nytnow-email/index.html:

He didn’t take a giant leap for mankind, but Thomas Stevens took a giant spin, becoming the first person to complete a trip around Earth by bicycle, on this day in 1887.

Considering that 71 percent of the planet’s surface is covered with water, an explanation is in order.

Mr. Stevens moved to the United States from England in the 1870s. He bought his first bicycle, a penny-farthing with one large wheel, in San Francisco and dreamed of becoming the first person to cross America on a bicycle.When he felt ready, he donned a jacket that doubled as a tent and headed for the East Coast on April 22, 1884.

He made it to Boston 103 days later. Plans for a global journey began to take shape.

The next spring, Mr. Stevens started in England and headed east through Europe and the Ottoman Empire. He continued on to Persia, Afghanistan, India, China and Japan, before returning to San Francisco.

Throughout the trip, he sent letters to Harper’s Magazine, which were compiled in the best-selling two-volume book “Around the World on a Bicycle.”

But wait: How did he make it across two oceans? He was a passenger on steam ships. It is not known if he rode his bike on deck.