Detroit Visionary!
Updated 10.6.2013

Pino Morroni with one of the Pi-Behr titanium bikes,
brazed with lugs of titanium with magnesium parts.

Pino_4.jpg (80986 bytes)
P
Photos courtesy of Mr. Morroni
 

     Pino Morroni passed away in 1999.
His innovative mind and resourcefulness will be remembered and missed in the
world of sport bicycling.

     Pino Morroni was working on innovative ways to lighten and improve bicycles long before aftermarket lightweight gadgetry was readily available.  He is pictured above with his lugged and brazed titanium track bike. Yes, that was BRAZED!  In cooperation with Cecil Behringer, he devised a special "silver solder" type method to join the temperamental titanium tubes!
      "
Pino was highly educated as a tool maker, so in those days it was theoretician, inventor, manufacturer. Then he worked as a machinist for Chrysler for most of his adult life. Pino could seem “over the top” to most bike riders, but he was a hurricane of fresh ideas to the bike builders."
                                                         Dave Porter on the Classic Rendezvous Google group

Pino_2.jpg (51548 bytes)

 

Pino holding rider
beginning test

of his complete bike
with Dr. Conconi.

Velodrome E.U.R. Roma

 

Pino riding

Pino watching Rossi
(32 times Champion
of Italy)
& stoker test his  prototype tandem.
 (look closely at the arrangement
of tubes.)

Pino_3.jpg (61053 bytes)
 

Pino's special bottom bracket..
Ahead of his time again!

Pinobbkt.jpg (66261 bytes)

Pino's titanium handle bar stem

  

 Titanium lug set

Pino's amazing Titanium track bike
with left side drive.
Note the anti-vibration holes in the main tubes, the tapered titanium stays & fork, the ti lugs that look vaguely like Nervex Dubois.

Photo courtesy Dave Porter

 Pino's frame jigs,
as now being used by Dave Porter

 
 

Morroni seat post
 on the Speedplay Museum Flickr site
Click to see all the pics

Cambio Corsa equipped bike
 Pino was demonstrating
at the bike show in 1980s

  

Pino & Cecil Behringer's titanium fork
photos courtesy Richard Sachs

  
         

Quick release wheel skewer (10 photos)
Photos courtesy Mark Agree

      

Triple nut wheels
Photos courtesy Mark Agree

           

A Recollection
by David Patrick


Branded bicycles by Pino Morroni

"Like an airplane", complete with 3 green mice.

Decal set, courtesy Glenn Airoldi   

Wayne Bingham's
Telavio bike


 

       

                             

             

Telavio tandem
as shown at the Americaine show
at the International Velodrome, Bloomer Park, Rochester Hills, Michigan
Courtesy Tim Potter

Back to Classic USA