Tradition and Technology

The story of Somec's name is legendary:  Oliviero Gallegati, (dark hair, center with tie) was the head of mechanics on the Giro in the late 60's, and thought the standards were lax--so he established a guild for certifying mechanics on the Giro called, "SOCieta' MECchanica", the Mechanic's Society.  He named his new line of bike for the society or they would today be called Gallegatis.  SOMEC is better, agreed, even though it doesnt sound Italian.

Somec at Milano Bicycle Show, late '70's.