Tom Morris & Marinoni.

Tom Morris getting ready on his Marinoni,
Montréal 1976 Olympics road race.

Tom Morris, originally from Scotland, rode for Canada at the 1972 & 1976 Olympics. He competed in Munich and finish that road race but DNF at Montréal. He was part of the 100 km team time trial finishing 16th. That's Morris on top of a good looking Marinoni at the Montréal Olympics. Marinoni started building bikes in 1974. And word quickly got around of his excellent quality. In 1976 he supplied team members with his steel bikes and he instantly developed a loyal following.

I love the old pedals/clips, Adidas shoes & hairnet. A cycling throwback to a simpler time!


Anonymous said…
nice image.
did he make it to Europe professionally?
Richard said…
I don't believe so.
A simpler time without bar tape, when a man could tuck in his shirt like a gentleman.
A simpler time? Perhaps. That was the period I rode Category 1 and qualified for the 1980 Olympic Road Trials. The rule was black shorts and white socks. Advertising was strictly limited. I choose wool whenever possible. Moa Italian wool shorts that I had the crotches custom re-inforced so they'd wear longer. The leather helmets were worthless, but mandatory anyway. I rode Colnago and Rickert steel frames. Everything was either Campagnolo or compatible with it. Silk racing tires, glued to the rim. It was an era, that's for sure!
Richard said…
Nice input.

Those wool shorts were uncomfortable in the heat? Tend to rode up a lot,eh?
Eric said…
How low is that saddle?
Richard said…
Does it look low to you?
Eric said…
Big time. Don't most pros these days have a 3-4" differential between their saddle and stem height? They look pretty much even here.

I don't pretend to be any sort of expert on bike fit, but I'd say that his saddle is too low (there's no way his legs would be anywhere near straight at 6 o'clock). He's too far forward (his right patella is way past the pedal spindle). The frame is probably at least 2cm too small, maybe more. He's in the drops, yet he's still got his chest way up in the air. That's a lot of wind resistance to overcome. Dropping the stem would help a bit, but the best way to get more horizontal is to have a longer top tube.
Hi Richard. No, the shorts weren't uncomfortable at all; quite the contrary. Wool, even in the heat, is very comfortable, as it wicks moisture well. In the cold it works as a good insulator. As for "riding up", I once appreciated the ability to pull up the leg of the short in order to take a nature call from the bike when well into a 125 mile road race. I made the break and placed!
Richard said…
Good stuff. A man's gotta love that!