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1976 MARINONI - INTRO

FINDING THE 1976 MARINONI

BUILDING THE 1976 MARINONI

RIDING THE 1976 MARINONI

 

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RIDING THE MARINONI "QUEBEC"

The Marinoni "Quebec" and I have spent two riding seasons together now and, to be honest, I had mixed feelings about the ride.  Flavour this comment, with the knowledge that I built it up, the first time, with a mismatched set of components.

When I first started riding the Marinoni, I was not impressed.  The bicycle felt not right and I could not figure out what was wrong.  At first, I thought that it might be the Cinelli handlebars, which are track bars and not necessarily intended for use on the street.  That said, I no longer find the bars to be an issue.  In fact, I no longer have any intention of changing them out, for a more appropriate road set.  The fact that they were found the same day, I picked up the bicycle, is just too coincidental, as far as I am concerned.  Besides, I kind of like them, now that I have gotten used to them.

 

Perhaps it was the frame set's geometry that troubled me but that too seems unlikely.  Giuseppe Marinoni was know for the quality built into his frames.  Maybe it was a setting the bicycle up for fit that created the uncomfortable feel?  I just couldn't figure it out.  Until...

         

Once I had rebuilt the Marinoni the second time, the way it was intended to be built, with a near  full Nouvo Record grouppo and decent wheels, the "I'm not sure I like the feeing" went away.  Today, I really like the Marinoni's ride.  The bicycle is very stable, responds well to body input and accelerates rapidly, which is saying something for a guy my age.  And, guess what - the bicycle fits me perfectly!

           

Handling is a non-issue.  The bicycle is very responsive and one does not have to put too much thought into a corner or sudden need to come to a stop.  Everything works as perfectly as vintage stuff can.  The old Nouvo Record friction transmission functions so well, that one might wonder why the indexed system was ever invented.  Though I do like an indexed shift, there is something satisfying about learning how to hit the gear, dead on, when shifting a friction system.

         

The Marinoni's second season on the road has seen this wonderful old bicycle climb to the top of my collection favourites list, equalled in ride quality only by my Miele LTD, so far...

 

 

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