Padua is a city in the north of Italy. Founded in 1183 BC, it claims to be Italy’s oldest city and is the setting for most of the action in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew. It is also home to Leonardo Ragusa de Vargas Macciucca and Ciclico, his workshop that specialises in restoring classic Italian racing bicycles into single speed commuters.
Leonardo’s Italian passion is evident: “My greatest pleasure is to dig out old bikes from garages or lofts, and bring them back to life with a full restore or re-style. When re-styling I create a major change, a unique piece. I tear it apart completely, clean, paint, polish and lube it. Then I rebuild it carefully choosing the most appropriate and prestigious race component, so it will be unique.”
‘SunnyLee’ is the latest Ciclico build, a reference to the star of the Dukes of Hazard television series, General Lee. Painted in the American Motors Corporation colour of ‘Big Bad Orange’, it was a dejected frame before Leonardo stripped, repainted and rebuilt it with Campagnolo Record components, including a NOS pair of Atlanta 96 rims, and the timeless Almarc leather bar wrap.