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Old 10-27-11, 10:58 PM
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Pino Morroni Track Bike

Just picked up a Pino ya I know thread is useless without pics, classic rendevous has a white one identical as mine. I had no idea what I was going to see when I got home and researched it I was shocked, Morroni is an iconic cycling legend who helped build Eddie Mercks Hour bike. Its is all campi with a morroni bottom bracket, and what looks to be Morroni built Ambrosio synthesis tubulars. If anyone knows more on Pino Morroni please chime in.. anyways thanks for letting me share..I am pumped.
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Old 10-27-11, 11:49 PM
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WOW!!!

I briefly met Pino once upon a time. I was introduced to him by Eddy Merckx! It was a good day, but probably not as good as yours!
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Old 10-28-11, 04:48 AM
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That's really great - congratulations.
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The thing is I never heard of him, until a quick google search amazing story. Owning a bike that the builder made parts for Merckxs Hour bike is a is an awesome score for me.
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Old 10-28-11, 05:42 AM
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any trick Ti parts Morroni was known for? and... pics!
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Pino hung around at bike races when i was racing back in the 70's. I remember him showing off his wheels with threaded hub flanges. He was unique and quite the character.

I can remember him demonstrating something to Wayne Stetina. Pino took Stetinas bike and took a corner really hard, wiping out on some loose gravel. He pops up, road rash all down his leg and just continues talking with Wayne. The guy was great.

We gotta see pics!
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Ill try to get a friend to help with pics I know the bottom bracket assembly is a Pino and it has chrome nutted axle.
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Here's the one on CR, and the CR link:

http://http://www.classicrendezvous....oroni_main.htm
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Thanks same frame, comes with lateral holes drilled in 3 main tubes with rod inserts to provide stiffness.
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Come on man... pics!
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Here's some pics of the bike.
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Interesting, yet looks somewhat crude to my eyes. I have read about his track bikes, so perhaps I expected to be wowed. What is that lacing pattern on the wheels?
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It does look crude nothing fancy, but it is different, with the lateral holes, and the bottom bracket assembly is Pinos own, Its pretty quick scary quick just learning today to ride fix, I really like it, not many around, but he built many for Italian track team in the 80s.
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Pretty restrained for Pino. He was not a stylist, his bikes and components were pretty function directed. The one cross lacing is one I have not seen, the extra threading and jam nut at the spokes he was a true believer in, thinking the spoke could also add some strength in compression. On his wheel I saw long ago with the special hub accepting a straight spoke and threaded into it, his argument had some possible merit. On a spoke with an elbow... I am less convinced. One cross on the rear wheel (especially, the drive side)... it looks like it works, I would not lace a wheel that way.

The track bike he was showing off at the '74 Nationals was very cool and light. The LH drive, the wheels as mentioned, ti stem with the expander way down in the quill, Mg seatpost and saddle rail concept, (light but clunky looking and not enough adjustment for my eyes)... The internal threaded front axle to attach the front wheel, it went on with bolts. Similar to what Phil did and does for his track hubs... the bike was amazing. I never bought the claim that the tubes started out as a hunk of Ti rod and were bored out... but they were Ti, and they were brazed with lugs...Now THAT was wild, Cecil Behringer's contribution.
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Beautiful bike you scored. Yes, not extravagant in appearance but still what I think of when someone says track bike. Very Nice execution, by Mr. Morroni, of the breed.

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Originally Posted by skyrider View Post
Here's some pics of the bike.
Oh my! I am quite jealous. That is a piece of cycling history. Please do not repaint it or modify it in any non-reversible way. His Telavio bikes are rare, rare, rare now. I dig the three-blind-mice decals that are on some of them. Pino was from Detroit, baby!!! Omelenchuk was another pioneer from the D.
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Hot!! More pics of the frame/fork please!!
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Thanks for the replies...Its got the three blind mice decal also made in DETROIT on the fork.Im am very excited it rides like theres nothing under you,its a rocket out of the gate, havent gotten up to speed getting used to fixed riding. Researching this bike is blowing me away it is a piece of cycling history, Im grateful I have it wont be molested and when Im old and gray Ill give to a worthy bike junky like myself who will take care of it. The story on how I found it is a good one. Last night Im heading out the door for a swim at the local pool, then I stop and figure ill check the local Kijiji adds first up is the Morroni.. make the call guy doesnt have the bike, its at a friends we meet up at a gas station go to the bikes home biked looked ok no major wow factor but I knew it was special asking 200 obo gave him the 2 wont insult him im good with it. Looking around hes got 3 Marinnonis, then tells me hes friends with him and was in this very basement a few weeks ago. It was cool.. I live across the river from DETROIT in Canada, so owning a bike made on 9 mile RD. is me the wow factor.and I dont even care what its worth is Im keeping it and riding it on those special days .Ive been a longtime member here but very few post but I love this place, you guys take care and keep on searching for those bikes and move fast. Detroit Steel baby!!!! dont get any better than that
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I know the owner of the 1st bike from classic rend... gonna have to ask him about that one. Awesome machine and i'm sure is one of the few he wont sell ever hehehe
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thanks for the pictures. enjoy the ride!
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I met Pino in '78 at an Olympic Development Race the Old Detroit Velodrome, we had just seen one of his heat treated frames at our shop in Chicago. The handlebars had struck the top tube. Since it was heat treated by Pino's "new and revolutionary process" it shattered instead of denting. When I asked him about it he called me a liar and claimed none of his frames had failed in that manner. Dave Grylls came over and called me an a$$hole. I found out later there were several examples that had the same failure. LOL, Pino was a character.
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Story is that Pino was the first guy to figure out how to braze a lugged Ti frame, and then took the secret with him to the grave. Bruce Gordon subsequently showed up at NAHBS a few years ago with a lugged Ti bike, having solved the problem himself. Interesting story, whether accurate or not ...
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If you are just learning to ride fixed you should probably do it on a beater or conversion, this is a rare bike, built for the track. I would ride a Nagasawa on the street before I would ride this.
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Could someone elaborate on the holes in the main tubes? That came as a shock to me. Grazie.
Congrats with the bike, skyrider. How much does it weigh?
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I'm curious whether the steerer has holes (perforations) through it. When you take the fork out, take pics.
Fun bike, thanks for posting.
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