We brought along one of TPC's photographers, Elizabeth Wilcox, to capture the beauty of these 134 show bikes. Here are the highlights. And remember, if you love vintage bikes, our online museum is full of rare rides and great stories.
This late-'80s Colnago Master features Columbus Gilco, a distinctive shaped steel tubeset exclusive to Colnago frames.
Exquisite lugs, paint finish, and that classic Campagnolo C-Record headset.
Now over to France. This '75 Motobecane Le Champion has a beautiful lilac finish over its Reynolds 531 steel tubes.
Back in this era, a French brand made its bikes in France, Italian in Italy, and so on.
Bianchi went all-out for its 100th anniversary. This 1985 Centenario has Bianchi touches on practically every component.
The entire Campagnolo C-Record group has special Bianchi pantograph (engraving) throughout. Also of note, the front hub is a rare "sheriff star" flange design.
Another gorgeous example of a Colnago Master, and this one gets high marks for the pantograph Campagnolo Delta brakes.
Italian brand Tommasini was known for this level of detail in its stunning paint finishes.
Little details tell you a lot. This Campagnolo quick release is pre-1978. Why? Because after that year, the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission (CPSC) required curved levers so you could tell when a QR was closed.
This 1949 Bianchi Folgara is older than most bikes in the show but quite elegant. Without derailleur technology at their disposal, Campagnolo engineers devised the Cambio Corsa gear changer system, that's the two quick releases on the seat stay. Although primitive, Gino Bartali rode to victory in the '48 Tour de France using this system.
Far ahead of its time, Bianchi built this frame with an integrated headset.
A peek at the development of the Campagnolo derailleur, starting with the Cambio Corsa (left), on to Nuovo record from the '70s Motobecane shown earlier (center), and a first-generation C-Record derailleur found on one of the '80s Colnago Masters.
You might think 7-Eleven was the first American team to race a Grand Tour, but in fact, in 1984, the Gianni Motta-Linea MD team was the first, racing the Giro d'Italia that year. In addition to providing striking stars-and-stripes bikes like this one, Motta paved the way for his American team to race in Europe.
Windsor was started by a few ex-Cinelli employees who decamped to Mexico. They used the same lugwork and many of the design features of their former employer, earning Windsor the dubious moniker as a "fake Cinelli."
Now this is a proper Cinelli, owned by TPC's TradeUP coordinator Sean "Sully" Sullivan. The frame is an '85, while the Campagnolo C-Record 50th anniversary group is from '83.
The finish of Campagnolo's 50th anniversary C-Record group is stunning with gold inlays and an inscription of Tulio Campagnolo's signature, the company's founder and famously the inventor of the quick-release axle.