Readers’ Rig: Keith’s 1999 Marinoni
Steel art from Quebec
Readers’ Rig: Keith Edwards in Vancouver Island, Canada has a steel beauty of a Marinoni. Hand built in Quebec in 1999 and shod with Italy’s finest: Campagnolo, Cinelli and San Marco – A real Classic.
Name: Keith Edwards
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada.
Bike: Custom built in Quebec Canada; Marinoni Leggero in Columbus E.L. with a subtly ovalized and oversized for the time Dedacciai downtube and Columbus Zona chain stays.
Groupset: Originally came with Campag Chorus, but over time changed to other Campag bits. Original chorus cranks and headset. Record bottom bracket, Centaur brakes gear changers. Veloce Ergo levers.
Wheels: 32 DT Swiss spokes. Campag lamda front rim, double butted spokes. Mavic open pro rear, straight gauge spokes. Campag record titanium hubs. Veloce 9 speed cassette for durability.
Pedals: “Look Delta” Campag versions.
Saddle: San Marco Rolls with Campag record titanium seatpost.
Other: Cinelli bars and stem, with shiny bits and pieces from mates, Noel, Dave and Chris.
Weight: Beats me, never weighed it.
When did you buy it?
What made you choose this bike?
I landed my dream job, less than 100 yards from my mates and local bike shop. Upon hearing my employment status, my mate Noel said “looks like you need a new bike to celebrate.” Couldn’t argue with that. 10 weeks later it turned up.
Have you done any modifications/additions to it?
The groupo changes for practical reasons – better braking gear – changing etc. and the wheels because my mate gave them to me.
How many miles/kilometres do you do a year?
10 – 12000 kms. usually but down this year because of covid.
What do you love about this bike?
Ferrari red dripping in campag and chrome, a piece of jewellery that goes like stink, built by artisans who love their bikes as much as I do mine.
Favourite riding area?
Local coast roads – summer or winter.
Favourite riding experience on your bike?
Did a 250 mile 2 day credit card trip, with a day and a half of every climb you can imagine when I wasn’t fit enough. Took a week to recover, I would do it again in heartbeat.
Nothing planned but if I come across a significant campag bit I’ll find a spot for it.
If you’re in the market for a new bike designed by a focus group and accountants from a subsidiary of a conglomerate, check out a local framebuilder with the latest steel tubesets, and support your local bike shop, if you don’t need anything buy them a coffee.
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