Cicli Rino Boschetti Story
Cicli Boschetti was founded in 1973 by Rino Boschetti in Marano sul Panaro (MO).
Before building his first bicycle in 1971 Mr. Boschetti was manufacturing wheels for Cicli Negrini, which at the time was one of the leading bicycle brands in Italy. As technology developed and automatisation took over, Boschetti could no longer compete with the decreasing prices for wheels and decided to build bikes.
He quickly gained a reputation for building tailor made bicycles and soon semi-professional teams started competing on Boschetti’s bikes. In collaboration with master frame builders MAZA (Mattioli & Zanasi) he build some truly special bikes, such as the Francesco Moser like time trial machine. During this time Mr. Boschetti and his former friend and rival Luciano Paletti were the leading innovative frame builders in the region around Modena.
Due to his ever curious nature and continuous search for improvement Boschetti was able to gain the respect of the bicycle industry leaders. Selle San Marco at some point started to produce an elasticized saddle based on Boschetti’s idea to incorporate a horizontal spring as well as his patented antiprostatite saddle. He’s part of an exclusive group of frame builders that was entrusted by Columbus with their special Multi Shape tubing in the late 1980s. Fiera di Milano 1987 visitors admired for the first time a Boschetti Multi Shape and were literally in awe on what could be accomplished with Columbus' new developed MS Gilco Design tubing.
Apart from the high quality materials Boschetti bikes distinguish themselves with a particular paintwork as well. Most Boschetti bikes have been painted by Gianni Schivazappa from Parma who is considered as one of the finest of his craft.
Although he never made it to a cycling pro team (Paletti received the honour instead), Boschetti found considerable success in the triathlon world. Noteworthy collaborations include perennial Italian triathlon champion Fabrizio Ferraresi and Edith Cigana who both rode to numerous victories on Boschetti bikes.
Me and Rino Boschetti in his workshop (Marano sul Panaro 2020)
Now in his late 70s Mr Rino Boschetti is still working on some projects in his little workshop in Marano at the foot of the Appenines.
Cicli Boschetti catalogue Cologne Trade Fair 1990/91