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Old 01-10-09, 07:26 PM   #1
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Pinarello Pista Help, Per Favore.....

Hi Everyone,

I hope this finds you all well, having had a wonderful holiday. I just posted this up in C and V, but thought there might be some help down here, as well.

I found and bought a lovely Pinarello track bike last month on eBay. With my pre-Christmas coupon, and only one other bidder, it was an incredible deal. And it's a stunning bicycle. Nearly new, it seems to have gone almost unridden.

I think it's an '85 or thereabouts, because it matches identically the 1985 Pinarello catalog listing for the 'Amatore,' which was their amateur track racer/trainer. I would very much like to ride the bike as it was intended to be ridden, both on the track and off.

Here's my problem: Because these were to be used as off-season trainers, the bike came from the factory with a drilled fork. Trouble is, the reach from the drilling to the rim is so incredibly short that no brake of which I'm aware will fit. I even tried an old Aero Compe-G - a brake with only 37mm of reach - on it last night and it's not close.

Is there a brake (other than a Keirin assembly with a mounting plate) anywhere that might fit? I know that the Delta has a 36mm reach, but looks ungainly and probably won't fit the tight space between the drilling, the fork crown and the head tube. Or is my only option to hunt down an old Campagnolo front drop-bolt and use it upside down?

And how much effect might my tire size/rim size have on the problem?

To further compound the mystery, it's clear that the bike has had a brake on it.

Any and all thoughts are welcome and very much appreciated.
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Old 01-11-09, 09:46 AM   #2
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try over in SSFG.

it may be that it was never intended to have a brake mounted, but that they used a crown that was already drilled because they had lots of them.

oops- but looking at the big version of the picture it looks like it's had one mounted at some point.... Still try over in SSFG.
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I am looking at purchasing a very similar pinarello pista Amatore... did you ever find a front brake that will work? I can tell you it was intended for a front brake as stated in the purchase catalogue here:

If you don't mind me asking what would you consider as an "incredible deal" for this bike, approximately. Thank you very much in advance.
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Forget SSFG, ask over at Classic and Vintage.
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kieren brake that mounts on the fork blade is a possible solution
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