For those of us not fluent in Italian, information on Roberto Bressan’s Biciclette Speciali is scant, even with the help of Google Translate. One has to wade through pages of football blogs and videos of Mauro Bressan’s famous bicycle-kick goal (spectacular, but no relation). One thing can be deduced: Bressan Biciclette certainly are very speciali. Take his Riviera, as a case in point.
Roberto produces an extensive catalog of bicycles, ranging from BMX to MTB to classy Milanese commuters. The Riviera is a sinewy beast, with extra tubes of steel protruding here and there and an innovative seat stay arrangement. Twin top tubes aren’t new, but they’re always a surprise, the Riviera even sports a twin-tubed drive side chain stay, with a TT-style rear brake position.
The Bressan Biciclette range includes a very suave-sounding relation to the Riviera, the Bruno 1930, which is certain to refer to a significant date, but ours not to reason why. The Riviera fills a niche between Bruno’s classicism and other road models built with healthy lashings of carbon fiber, so it’s certain to raise eyebrows amongst the cafe racers. See the whole range on the Bressan website.