Ernesto Colnago was born in Cambiago (Milan) on 9 February 1932. In 1953, after various experiences, including a period of work at the GLORIA company where he learned the trade, he opened his own workshop in his native country. In 1954 he participated as a mechanic at the FGiro d’Italia with the Nivea team of Fiorenzo Magni. He will continue as a mechanic in the Team Leo Chlorodont and in 1957 will build the bicycle with which Gasone Nencini wins the Giro d’Italia.
Increasingly appreciated as a builder, it links its name and its brand to the Molteni of Eddy Merxkx and the SCIC of Baronchelli. For Eddy Merckx will cost the bike with which the Belgian will set the time record. Colnago bikes have been used by over one hundred professional teams, 2500 rbicycle racer who have collected over 7500 victories worldwide. Colnago bikes are one of the most prestigious brands of Made in Italy. Raced with Colnago, Magni, Nencini, Merckx, Saronni, Motta, Baronchelli, Dancelli, Bugno, Musseuw, Rominger, Tonkov, Zabel and Petacchi.
The Arabesque is a model of the Colnago very cured, in particular in aesthetics. It was built in the years 1984-1985 to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Colnago foundation (1954).The frame is characterized by elaborate conjunctions, which draw a sort of arabesque: hence the name. These particular conjunctions are reminiscent of those of another famous model of bicycle, much older: the Gloria Garibaldina. It is no coincidence that Ernesto Colnago had started working at Gloria.The Arabesque chassis used the best pipes available at that time: the Columbus series SL and Record.
The frame in question has been repainted in compliance with the original colors.