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    Info needed regarding 2 vintage road bikes! Bianchi and Marinoni

    Hi bikeforums!
    Been lurking awhile, trying to boost my knowledge of all things bike related. Recently I have decided to purchase a used road bike. I have found 2 that piqued my interest in my local classifieds and wondering if anyone can shed some light on them, if they look to be ok, are a good make etc. Any info at all would be helpful! Here are the listings for you to take a look at;

    This one is a Marinoni
    http://ottawa.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-se...dIdZ277039822#

    And this one is apparently a fully restored Bianchi
    http://ottawa.kijiji.ca/c-buy-and-se...AdIdZ279172491

    Regarding the Bianchi, I can't tell the model, I was trying to google it just by looks, but that proved to be difficult. This one I am a bit iffy on because it lacks braze-ons for a fender or rear rack. But the Marinoni looks pretty nice. I admit I don't know too much about road bikes esp. vintage ones!

    Can anyone help me out??
    Thanks
    Craig

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    I can't advise you on which one is a better deal, but I will say they are very different sizes. The Bianchi sizing appears to be correct at 56cm and appropriate for someone in the area code of 5'10". The Marinoni is much bigger at probably 63cm and more appropriate for someone 6'2" and above.

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    Aw man, that is bad news re the Marinoni. It is the one I was leaning towards. I am about 5'10, so think I need something in the range of 56cm to 58cm? I haven't had a fitting yet at my LBS...

    I am going to contact the seller again today of the Marinoni and double check his measurements.

    As someone who doesn't really know vintage bikes, can you say anything about the components on either one??

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    Quote Originally Posted by craggen View Post

    I am going to contact the seller again today of the Marinoni and double check his measurements.
    No need to have him double check, as he obviously doesn't know how to measure size (which is the case in 99.9% of the sellers out there). No way it fits someone 5-10.

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    Damnit, I liked that one Why is it so stressfull just looking at used bikes?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by craggen View Post
    Damnit, I liked that one Why is it so stressfull just looking at used bikes?!
    Because it always seems like there are no deals when you are trying to find em! Be patient though it'll pay off.

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    Id say the marinoni also, too bad its way to big for you. Im 5'10 and I ride a 55cm. Both of those have campagnolo components on them which are the Italian version of shimano but better and have been around longer. both of those have the modolo brakes, Ive never used them but there is currently a thread about them here in whats new.
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    It is really too bad about the Marinoni

    I went and saw the Bianchi last night, it was okay, but I am a little hesitant on the restoration. The paint job was just ok, but everything else was nice. I am actively looking for something else, I loved the feel of the Bianchi though, it just felt "right". I may have found another that is all stock.

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