[CR] Re: Pinarello Display Piece

Example: Framebuilders:Bernard Carré

From: "Andrew Gillis" <apgmaa@earthlink.net>
To: "John" <bikehunt@pacbell.net>
Cc: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
References: <B6507589.189F%p6man@home.com> <000801c05dc9$205f4ca0$cff5d03f@apgmaa> <091001c05e52$1ac940a0$ee50fea9@pavilion>
Date: Mon, 4 Dec 2000 21:19:28 -0800
Subject: [CR] Re: Pinarello Display Piece

To John Dunn, and Classic Rendezvous:

Why my Pinarello is now a display piece: ("How can your bear not making more memories with that bike??")

I have ridden my restored Pinarello a few times, but the frame is very soft and I just can't jam on it anymore. Also, my position has changed, and I can't bend over as far as I used to, either. So, I enjoy looking at the Pinarello for what it was.

To compensate, my new vintage 1990 Tomasso has virtually identical geometry, but with a 1cm bigger frame size, a taller Nitto "Pearl" stem, and higher 3ttt "Morphe" handlebars, I've managed to get a high enough handlebar to ride comfortably.

I've also included a few modern pieces of hardware on the Tomasso that tremendously help me make up for my physical imperfections: My right leg is 7mm shorter than the left, and it's virtually impossible to shim that distance on old style Campy SL "black" pedals. I use Look pedals on my vintage bike (not quite heresy; they came out in 1986, I think) and by putting a 5mm shim under the Look cleat and a 3mm Spenco pad in my shoe, I make up my shorter leg's discrepancy.

And, the last nauseating detail: Since my left arm is longer than the right (by 1 or 1.5 cm) I use modern hidden cable Campy brake levers, but with the old style calipers. Since I don't have a cable coming out of the top of the lever, I can ride with my left hand placed further across the top of the lever, and even out the stretch between my two arms.

So, I'm 90% vintage. But, "A man's got to know his limitations!" (Clint Eastwood)


Andrew Gillis