In 1972 Lodovico Falconi established his firm Alan for developing the patent concerning the particular and new construction technique of bicycle frame in light aluminium alloy or other materials not suitable for traditional welding. The name of his firm was originated by the first two letters of his children name Alberto (AL) and Annamaria (AN).
The idea of manufacturing bicycle frames in light alloy was thought by Eng. Falconi in 1971: since pieces in light aluminum alloy were already built for the cycling industry (Campagnolo production and TTT handlebars from Turin) he thought he could have realized also frames with this material.
He immediately went to work and, after several tests on the alloy best suited and on glue to be used, with the ALAN’s constitution in 1972, he began the actual production and distribution of ALAN frame.
The construction methods of the patent were very simple: it was to thread the tubes at the ends and put them in the various conjunctions, always threaded, making the junction truly unique with the use of a special glue coming from the aeronautical industry.
Everything was assembled on assembly templates for perfect centering of the frame. Given that it was a novelty for that time, it was necessary to home- make the alloy conjunctions and the various working on tubes.
The frame represented immediately a big innovation for its features of lightness and functionality and absolutely suitable for different specialties (despite the criticism of various manufacturers of steel frames, who changed their mind only when manufacturers of other extra- European countries chose the alloy aluminum).
Later together with light alloy tubes also carbon fiber tubes were chosen and in this way frames very durable and of absolute lightness were realized.
The use of carbon fiber tubes was due to the request of a frame with fiber tubes by the Japanese Toray Industries Inc., which made it be tested by the "Japan Vehicle Inspection Association" with excellent results (1976).
At a fair in Paris (1977) it was found a manufacturer of tubes and thus the production began with equal success as that achieved with the ones manufactured in light alloy. Let's say that for both light alloy frames than for the carbon fiber ones, ALAN was the very first in the world to realize these frames.
It was such a success that several teams of professionals and amateurs used ALAN frames.
Among others we can remember the first German HA-RO in 1973 and the amateur national team of Poland (1973/1974) and the Magniflex in Italy from 1974 to 1979, the Furzi, the Vibor, the GBC, the Selle Royal the Fiorella, the Famcucine, the Santini and abroad the TEKA (Spain), the FANGIO (Belgium) and the VARTA (Colombia) and the various teams of FANINI (Amore e Vita) and of GUERCIOTTI.
Among the riders we can remember: Zilioli, Low, Bertoglio, Gavazzi, Baronchelli, Beccia, Battaglin and then Thevenet, Kuiper, Lejretta, Parra, Lucio Herrera, Johansson and cyclo-cross champions like Liboton, Di Tano and Pontoons (21 titles won in the World cyclo-cross). For the track races Clark, Risi, Golinelli, Brugna and Villa.
Among women Michela Fanini winner of the Giro D’Italia and Italian champion.