Marinoni Ciclo

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Marinoni Ciclo
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The Marinoni Ciclo was my first randonneuring-specific bike, built with custom geometry to fit my rather unique proportions. It is constructed from light but sturdy Columbus Zona chromoly steel tubing.

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Bel Air, France
Photo: Maindru (click to enlarge)

The frame itself weighs around 1780g. Front fork is carbon fibre. As a “sport-tourer,” it is a quick ride—as quick as I can make it!—has enough clearance for 23C tires with mudguards, seat stay braze-ons, and threaded eyelets on both rear and front dropouts to permit solid attachment of a rear rack and mudguard stays.

The “Ciclo” name was retired by Marinoni in 2007. The new label for the sport touring line is the Sportivo.

I chose stock Campagnolo Centaur component groupo (2006). Wide but relatively close-spaced gearing is provided by 30-40-50 crankset and 10-Speed 13-29 cassette.

I upgraded the stock FSA headset to Chris King NoThreadSet™ and, for Paris-Brest-Paris 2007, I switched out the Centaur shifters to lighter-action Record units.

Ciclo Details


Whatever machine you chose as your long-distance vehicle, unless you are a minimalist willing to face the vagaries of weather uninsulated and fickle mechanisms without tools, you will want to attach some form of luggage to your steed. Whether you are a disciple of the traditional English saddle bag, the modern rack-top or a French front-loader, accessories should be secure.

Frames should have rack braze-ons and eyelets designed for the job. Here, the Ciclo is packed and ready for PBP.

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Loaded for action
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Here’s a Bike Fit Primer to help perfect your position, comfort and efficiency.