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20yrs bike picking. I've had finds, but this one......whew

Old 08-09-20, 09:40 PM
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20yrs bike picking. I've had finds, but this one......whew

Sooo a 10spd Pinarello bike popped up on FB this evening. More pics coming tomorrow after I've had a chance to clean and look over. My heart is still racing 4hrs later. First pic is as found. I had time to take off the aerobar and move the shifters where they belong and take if for a very short ride tonight. It's my size. The kicker is that I've never really been into the whole Italian thing. I"m more of a Brooks/Riv type of rider, so I'm already in a quandry what to do.



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Very cool - what are the components?
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What to do: Treat like what it is now, your fast bike.

Makes me miss my Pin.
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...with all the chrome on the stays, that looks like a Montello. I have a similar purple one set up with 8 cogs in the back that I ride a lot lately.
I think that's probably a Mavic "starfish" crank. Strange that someone set it up like a triathlon bike. You could do that and get as good a result with a much cheaper machine.

The one I ride here is set up with Dura-Ace, maybe a year or two different. Those headsets are bombproof, don't change it

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What to do?

Ride it. If you like it enough,you keep it. If not, you sell it so someone else can enjoy it.
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Congratulations Dylansbob on your beautiful “quandary”! I need problems like this. Hmmm...What to do? What to do?

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You replaced a Rolls saddle?
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Quandary? Nope, just ride it. Even if it's for some specific routes and situations (e.g., relatively flat, no off-road), you'll appreciate the kind of joy it brings, even if only once in a while. And if there's no smile, just sell it... Very cool bike, btw...
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Ok, got a plan.

It might not be a good plan, but it's where I'm taking it. I've removed the Mavic goodies to sell off (starfish crank/bb, seatpost, stem, handlebars, brake levers. I'm keeping the headset on the bike). They should cover the purchase price and maybe a few dollars more. The long term plan is to either install a Willow triplizer 46/30 on an 80s 105 crankset or that gearing on a M730 crank after I steal it back from my wife's bike. I never expected to be owning an Italian, so I was relieved to find that I had one 70mm BB. The spindle worked out with this early RF crank that I had already with the right rings. While not the most aesthetically pleasing choice, it is from the right time frame and the look is starting to grow on me. Nitto Noodle handlebars are currently installed, but I may sneak a moustache just to see how it feels. I like Newbaums tape, so I'm going to have to decide black or white tape, with shellac to keep it clean. The cheap white tires will also be replaced. It's great to see that I have adaquate clearance with 28c tires, but not quite enough for 30c. That the frame/fork will hold a 28 is the main reason I decided to keep it.



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Cool bike. I just picked up a Pinarello cross, same paint but nowhere near this level of bling, that I’m rebuilding.
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Originally Posted by Dylansbob View Post
It might not be a good plan, but it's where I'm taking it. I've removed the Mavic goodies to sell off (starfish crank/bb, seatpost, stem, handlebars, brake levers. I'm keeping the headset on the bike). They should cover the purchase price and maybe a few dollars more. The long term plan is to either install a Willow triplizer 46/30 on an 80s 105 crankset or that gearing on a M730 crank after I steal it back from my wife's bike.
You're killing me.........




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Dylansbob Welcome to the club. Definitely a Montello, Top of the line. Come see what we have, Show us your Pinarello
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You are discovering the beauty of a real steel steed race bred Italian machine. Nothing else rides the same.
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The kicker is that I've never really been into the whole Italian thing. I"m more of a Brooks/Riv type of rider, so I'm already in a quandry what to do.
If you like the bike, and can afford to buy/keep it, and have enough space to store it, and your significant other agrees (reluctantly or not), and it fits, and the ride quality satisfies, then, for me, the quandary would be a non-issue.

My most recent acquisition was purchased to flip, as one of the above criteria (fit) did not meet my requirements, until I got the bike home. Turned out to be a darn good fit. All of my purchase criteria had been met (the afford it thing somewhat debatable), so this is my new keeper, even though I prefer riding much older steeds...


In addition to all of the above, you can always try the bike, for a while and make any other decisions later (restore, keep original, sell, ect). Who knows what will happen to the my Marinoni? If something exceptional, like the OP's Pinarello, finds its way to my place, who knows what will have to go to conform with the storage space issue. I go through this, every now and again.
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It might not be a good plan, but it's where I'm taking it. I've removed the Mavic goodies to sell off (starfish crank/bb, seatpost, stem, handlebars, brake levers. I'm keeping the headset on the bike). They should cover the purchase price and maybe a few dollars more. The long term plan is to either install a Willow triplizer 46/30 on an 80s 105 crankset or that gearing on a M730 crank after I steal it back from my wife's bike. I never expected to be owning an Italian, so I was relieved to find that I had one 70mm BB. The spindle worked out with this early RF crank that I had already with the right rings. While not the most aesthetically pleasing choice, it is from the right time frame and the look is starting to grow on me. Nitto Noodle handlebars are currently installed, but I may sneak a moustache just to see how it feels. I like Newbaums tape, so I'm going to have to decide black or white tape, with shellac to keep it clean. The cheap white tires will also be replaced. It's great to see that I have adaquate clearance with 28c tires, but not quite enough for 30c. That the frame/fork will hold a 28 is the main reason I decided to keep it.
You’re a brave man! A subsequent owner of the bike will curse you forever.....
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You’re a brave man! A subsequent owner of the bike will curse you forever.....
French on Italian! It's blasphemy. Dylansbob I'll take it all off your hands, trade you for something worthwhile and Italian
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You’re a brave man! A subsequent owner of the bike will curse you forever.....
You know, it would make a *****in' fixie and I do have a set of yellow deepVs laced up. Of course that FD braze on would have to go.
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Why choose between white and black? Harlequin wrap all the way! Lean into the flashiness Amazing score!
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You know, it would make a *****in' fixie and I do have a set of yellow deepVs laced up. Of course that FD braze on would have to go.
Put on streamers while you're at it.
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~15yrs ago, I remember seeing pics of a Colnago someone put a bannana seat, complete with sissy bar onto.

On the right drugs, I could see a hot red Italian morphed with a muscle bike.
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Sooo a 10spd Pinarello bike popped up on FB this evening. More pics coming tomorrow after I've had a chance to clean and look over. My heart is still racing 4hrs later. First pic is as found. I had time to take off the aerobar and move the shifters where they belong and take if for a very short ride tonight. It's my size. The kicker is that I've never really been into the whole Italian thing. I"m more of a Brooks/Riv type of rider, so I'm already in a quandry what to do.



simple put a brooks swift on it and ride it like you stole it N+1 for the win
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​​​​​​ What happened to it?!



Stolen?
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No. Inherited from a family member and not rode much. PO said he started training for STP, judging by the dust and upgrades, probably been sitting for a few years.
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No. Inherited from a family member and not rode much. PO said he started training for STP, judging by the dust and upgrades, probably been sitting for a few years.
That would have been a great STP bike for the flats but the 39/23 would be murder on the big hill near Tacoma unless you were super fit... Nice to see it getting some love
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Congrat's on a great find, those Pinarellos were quite highly regarded in the 80's heyday of Italian steel!!!

I would recommend not to go "riv" on this bike at all. How's the span length from saddle to bars? If it feels at all stretched out, first try moving the saddle forward. Also up a tad (up enough to keep from feeling the rear edge of the saddle).
This accomplishes several things (comfort and handling are involved).
Firstly, your quick-steering bike will retain the critical weight distribution that Pinarello's designers had in mind, which will prevent this bike from losing it's stability at speed (since it doesn't have long chainstays).
Secondly, the forward saddle brings the rider's hands naturally forward and downward without the rider having to bend any sharper at the waist.
The third thing is that the bike will retain it's sprightly, sporting demeanor, such that the rider will find it quicker and easier to spring off of the saddle for brief hill efforts and/or accelerations.

The only two contra-indications have to do with the rider and with the sort of riding that fits with this bike's personality.
First, the rider's forward position somewhat favors more-intense pedaling effort as befitting somewhat shorter, sportier rides. This keeps the rider's arms from bearing too much of the rider's upper-body mass, as the sort of equal and opposite reaction to the torque being delivered to the cranks.
Second, also having to do with trip distance, the rider's neck muscles will have to work harder until/unless the neck muscles adapt.

I sure hope that this isn't rain on your planned parade. I just recommend giving the bike's intended riding style a try before making changes in a perhaps more familiar direction!
By all means, use what you find to be a comfortable saddle, and if that turns out to be a Brooks then so be it.

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