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MARINONI SQUADRA - INTRO

FINDING THE SQUADRA

BUILDING THE SQUADRA

RIDING THE SQUADRA

 

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BUILDING THE MARINONI SQUADRA

As purchased, the Marinoni needed nothing in the way of maintenance, tuning or even cleaning.  After all, it had been dropped off, at one on the local bicycle shops, where the bicycle was fully serviced, in preparation for sale.  Though the bicycle sat for nearly two years, everything worked absolutely perfectly.  A testament to our local bicycle guru, Farzam, a fellow for whom I have tons of respect.

All that said, I did learn my lesson about riding bicycles, that I have not inspected.  An Olmo Grand Prix, and a funny flexible tricycle both come to mind.  And, with those experiences, firmly etched into my memory, I thoroughly inspect and, as required, tune a bicycle, before swinging a leg over the top tube.

So, the Squadra went into the stand, and I went over it, front to back.  No issues!  Honestly, I have never brought a bicycle home that did not need something.  Though I cannot imagine how, even the tires were close to recommended pressure.  Perhaps the shop had pumped them up, while I was out buying the bicycle.

I heaved a sigh of relief, pleased that the Brifters were functioning.  I have owned a set of Shimano 105 eight speed Brifters, fitted to an early eighties Proctor-Townsend, that caused me grief, until I learned how to clean and lubricate them properly.  But my worries were for naught.  The transmission shifter like a charm - in the stand.  I say in the stand simply because it has been my experience that, in the stand shifting must, more often than not, be tweaked on the road, to get things bang on.

There was one thing about the Marinoni that I hated - the carbon fibre fork set.  Apparently, the original owner had wanted to improve the Squadra's feel or performance.  I did ride the bicycle with those carbon forks but only very briefly.

As it turned out, several months earlier, I came across an old bicycle that had been fitted with a set of Marinoni forks.  Those forks, which I traded or gave to a fellow for a something or other, were of the proper color, as nearly as I could recall.  With that in mind, I called my friend, asking about those forks.

Well, he had fitted the fork set to a bicycle he had built up for his long time partner.  When I mentioned that I would be interested in swapping the carbon forks for the original Marinoni ones, he jumped at the chance.  A couple of hours later, the Marinoni Squadra and its original fork set were reunited.  Yahoo and what luck.

As purchased, the Marinoni was fitted with a thread-less head set.  Would the old forks fit?  The answer was a very simple, yes and with no difficulty what so ever.  With the forks fitted, all that was left to do was install the bars and get at a test ride.  However...

My friend, the fellow who swapped the forks back to me, offered to allow me to use his fitting kit for the Marinoni.  I took him up on his offer and set about the task of finding the sweet spot.  And, I think I did just that.

For the first time, ever, my steering stem points slightly up.  This means that I do not have to bend over as far and, with a perfect stem reach, at last I can ride comfortably on the hoods.  I did take the time to record all measurements, with the hope that, from then on, it would be easier, quicker and far more effective, when fitting a bicycle to my body size.

Even though the bicycle actually needed nothing, I do not like using used handlebar wrap.  For years, I had been hanging on to a box of tan coloured bar tape and, considering the color scheme on the Squadra, the tan seemed darn near perfect.  And, as luck would have it, I also had an old Turbo saddle that fitted the color scheme perfectly.  With that in mind, the Squadra was fitted with a new saddle and bar tape.

About the only other thing, that warranted attention, was the tires fitted to the bicycle.  Though showing little signs of serious wear, the material had suffered the passing of time poorly.  Showing cracks on the side walls, one would have to question how safe it would be to use the tires.

Safe or not, I am not a rich guy and the original tires were left fitted to the bicycle.  To date, they have presented no issues, however, a new set of really good tires, the first set I will have ever purchased, will be fitted to the Marinoni before the next riding season, which, at the time of this writing, is only three months away.

But, before riding season arrives, I do hope to install a computer on the bicycle.  I do not like the looks, but I do like the feedback a computer offers.  And, these days, in my retirement, I do not carry a watch.  Who needs one when one carries a cell phone all the time.  However, the computer has a clock that displays the time all of the time and I do like to know when I am.

NEXT - RIDING THE MARINONI SQUADRA

 

 

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