My Big 'M.'
Back after a fall ride!
There’s a huge chance that I will be an owner of a new bike soon. I’ve been looking and searching for a suitable replacement for my 1987 Marinoni. Don’t get me wrong. It’s more of a semi-retirement. I don’t have the heart to flat-out retire it. I ride it everyday and with each passing day it’s a joy to ride. It’s like a fine wine. Getting better as time goes.
My first road bike was a 1980s Cambio Rino. Solid steel bike I called it my ‘Blue Monster.’ Unfortunately I crashed it and had to get rid of it. Actually I went out for a ride and woke up in Emergency. Appears I slipped on some gravel, fell on my head and passed out. Never wore a helmet. When I came to I had broken my collar bone (left side) in two places. I have the calcium deposits to show for it. And then the hospital orderly brought out my badly damaged Rino. It was toast. Afterwards I bought my custom made SL Marinoni.
What bike you may ask? Well, another Marinoni. Either the road racer; ‘Piuma’ or the Sport Tourer; ‘Sportivo’. Of course in steel. It wasn’t too difficult to decide on another Marinoni. It’s well made in the fine Italian tradition of a very well built and comfortable machine. Originally, I wanted a bike for commuting. With full fender capabilities with the option to remove them. Now, it’s not so critical but I would love to have a responsive bike too. I’m used to the racing geometry. I want to take it for long rides and feel confident going uphill as well as burning it on flat roads. I’m sure I can’t do wrong with either model.
I’ll check out the local bike shop very soon. And maybe just open a bottle of wine!
Marinoni 'Steel is Real' Club!
The Piuma Racing Bike.
The Sportivo Tourer.
Longer chainstays able for full fenders, a big plus here in wet Vancouver!