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I acquired this last week. It's a Canadian-built Marinoni from the early 90s (I think). It's borderline too far gone. The fella who sold it to me had a frame builder fill two small rust pinholes with silver (thus the primer under down tube) and gave the frame his blessing.

I think I'm going to clean it, sand/scuff pad the rust spots, touch up, and clear coat. The plan is to put it together warts and all and ride a few hundred miles, before sending it for a proper restoration.

I have some of the Shimano tricolor parts it was built with, but I'm looking for an early 90s whole bike I can steal parts and wheelset from to complete it. I hope I can finish it this winter.

If you're interested in learning more about Marinoni, here's a link to the trailer for a documentary about him:



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I love it, always wondered how much the outside world knew about Marinoni. I see them pop up from time to time, and it always looks like quality workmanship. I see it has the Columbus decal on the seat tube, that's fantastic tubing
 
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Matti when I raced in the 80s-90s I wanted one bad. They were semi-popular in the peloton. I’m stoked to be the conservator of this one.
 

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I acquired this last week. It's a Canadian-built Maranoni from the early 90s (I think). It's borderline too far gone. The fella who sold it to me had a frame builder fill two small rust pinholes with silver (thus the primer under down tube) and gave the frame his blessing.

I think I'm going to clean it, sand/scuff pad the rust spots, touch up, and clear coat. The plan is to put it together warts and all and ride a few hundred miles, before sending it for a proper restoration.

I have some of the Shimano tricolor parts it was built with, but I'm looking for an early 90s whole bike I can steal parts and wheelset from to complete it. I hope I can finish it this winter.

If you're interested in learning more about Maranoni, here's a link to the trailer for a documentary about him:



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I love these kinds of stories. I'm here for the stories.... and history... and experience.
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I'm making some progress on the graveyard Marinoni. I've cleaned it, spray painted areas, and used Testors paint and a brush. When I get it to a good-enough point, I'll clear coat it. I am waiting for delivery on lots of parts.

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some assembly has begun. I thought I had a bb for it, but it is not the correct size, otherwise it would be further along.

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a little more progress. Waiting on silver bar tape and a bb. Looking for used Speedplay pedals and a 19-1/2" Sapo or Silca frame pump.

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a little more progress. Waiting on silver bar tape and a bb. Looking for used Speedplay pedals and a 19-1/2" Sapo or Silca frame pump.

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Looking good. I saw a Marinoni at a swap meet with a price tag of $1000 and I am glad that I didn't like the color scheme on it. It was a strange salmon pink color. I keep an eye out for one, and just maybe a suitable one will show up in my modest price range.
 
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I paid $50 for this one plus $35 shipping, and that included the silver frame repair and a few of the crusty tricolor components, some of which were salvageable.
 

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I paid $50 for this one plus $35 shipping, and that included the silver frame repair and a few of the crusty tricolor components, some of which were salvageable.
Ya, that's what I'm talking about. I stumbled upon a Benotto that was grouped in a pile of $10 bikes that I guy in a neighboring town was clearing out. I bought 10 bikes that day and he gave me one more as a bonus. He felt that these were the low end of his collection. There were a couple of three speed Raleighs in there with leather saddles, some decent mountain bikes and this Benotto that had been left to the elements for a long time and the front wheel was missing. I decided to get the frame powder coated, and now kinda regret it because the embossed lettering on the seat stay caps and fork crown are now mostly obliterated by fill-in of the coating. I have stalled out on the refurbish in my dissappointment and thinking of possible ways to remedy this.
It was just dumb luck that I picked up the Benotto, since I had no previous knowledge about the brand. I just noticed the lugged frame, downtube shifters and drop bars. I will post a photo soon in case anyone is interested.
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It's a rider. I ripped around the neighborhood last night, about 3/4 of a mile in the dark, just a t-shirt on in 25F temps. Woo! That was exhilarating. This is it for now. I'll ride it for a few hundred miles. It may get a legit restoration in the future. It rides really well. It feels light, lively and tracks no-handed perfectly. Can't wait for a longer maiden voyage, but they put salt on the roads last night, so it may be a while.

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I achieved my goal of preserving some of the patina, but making it presentable, from 25' anyway.
 

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