After accepting the reality that my Marinoni "Special" (for folks who don't know the history, the original thread with pics is here) really should never have been built up as a Porteur, I have re-worked her to a much more appropriate classic road racing machine.
As before, I am using new components (with the exception of the NOS ITM stem), yielding an up to date classic for longer road rides in the mountains.
For the moment, the Sturmey Archer S3X remains out back, but I plan to re-build the rear wheel around a silver Alfine 11 speed hub as soon as the boys at J-Tek finish their development of the bar-end shifter.
In the mean time, the bicycle has been serving as my sunny day sporty commuter and moderate terrain road bike.
What I've done:
- remove porteur rack, bars, stem, and fenders
- Install 44cm Nitto "Noodle" with NOS 110cm ITM chromo stem and Cinelli cork/gel tape
- install Cane Creek SC-5 levers w/gum rubber hoods
- Install 700x25c Continental GP 4-season tires
The idea is to have a classic bike with modern functionality for longer rides in the mountains. I am really liking how the bike is turning out. I'll hopefully have the Alfine going by the end of July, at which point it will be a wonderful IGH road bike.
The bike rides beautifully - it reminds me of a slightly more relaxed version of my Tommasini.
So, here is the current state of the bike: