|From the London Fixed
Gear and Single-Speed forum:
founded by Remi Claeys. In 1926, Remi and his three brothers
formed Claeys Brothers, which produced Flandria bicycles.
Differences of opinion caused Remi to start his own company Remi
Claeys NV/SA. The date of the split is unclear, with some
sources stating that the new company was formed in 1949 and that
Superia already existed, while others quote 1956 for the birth
of Superia. Regardless, the company manufactured its own welded,
steel tubing for the bicycles and eventually went on to produce
steel and aluminum tubing for various industries."
"Remi passed away in 1974, by which
time the company's two facilities were being managed by his
three sons and son-in-law. In 1979, the company was taken over
by the government and his since changed ownership at least a
couple of times."
"Superia and Flandria shared a building in Belgium - for years they
were on opposite sides of a common wall. Superia supplied the
bikes (or at least the sponsorship) for the Solo team, the
mid-60's version of Rik van Looy's "Red Guard." Solo was Eddy
Merckx's first pro team (1965?)..."
"Other notable Superia
riders included Rik van Steenbergen, Rik van Looy and Patrick
"The Superia models from
the 1970s had names like: Champion de Belgique, Tour des
Flandres, Tour de Liege, Prix de Bruges."