All photos by Carolle.
1987 was a good year for me. I bought my made to measure Marinoni bike and back then it looked amazing...
Carolle and I returned back to see Damian & Les of Peninsula Cycles and to check out my re-painted Marinoni frame. Wow! It looks better than what I expected!
My New Marinoni...
Carolle said, "Are you sure it's your old frame?"
You know, it's not the old frame any longer but a brand new one. The blue is so striking with the white bandings that it yells out retro cool. It's certainly much more of a statement when I see the finished frame and cradling it in my hands. Carolle's first reaction was of disbelief. She said, "Are you sure it's your old frame? What a smooth, seamless and beautiful airbrush paint job." Damian mentioned he was excited to see it the first time he opened up the box. His father, who sold Marinoni's, was also excited with the beautiful paint job.
I discovered small esoteric changes from what I requested of the headbadge; there is a swirl design instead of the world champion circle. Simone took care of the airbrushing and decided upon the contemporary swirl. Having my full name on the top tube is fantastic. It gives a personal touch to it. The details are touched up, too. The 'Marinoni' signature, at the back of the top tube, is in black and the seat stay 'Marinoni' script and 'M' is in white. Very attractive.
Simone changed the 'Marinoni' to two scripts running down on each side of the seat tube. I'm happy of the seat tube water bottle braze on. Initially, I planned to have the 'Marinoni' script down the middle of the seat tube. I'm glad Simone changed it. Now, I know it wouldn't work because of the braze on's.
I'm very grateful to Damian & Les of Peninsula Cycles of first offering the re-paint option to me. The results is absolutely stunning. I can't wait to see my old friend complete. A special thank you to Simone, Giupseppe & crew at Cycles Marinoni for a superb job on making my old frame... new!
Next up, we're just waiting for word on the gruppo details and then building it. 2011 is starting to look pretty damn good...
That red speck at the bottom of the seat tube is a very nice