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There is something magical and innovative about wheels.

In the Copper Age, over 4,000 years ago, wheeled machines were used to shape raw clay into pottery. The first machines, made of wood, moved different types of vehicles. Later, about 2,300 years ago, the Greeks found a way to use the power of running water in mills to grind, roll, and hammer different products and materials. The ancient Romans would go on to use the same technology (wheels) for various other purposes, including mining and building bridges, roads, palaces, and theaters.

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Wheels made hard things more accessible. And they still do, like when you pedal long distances that are almost inaccessible on foot. The wheels, and the bikes, are also the unlikely link between another incredible wheel – the mangano (mangrove) – and Pachamama, Orbea’s effort to safeguard the deepest essence of cycling: cycling with the Mother Nature at heart.

The Old Mangrove

Like other examples of wheeled engines, the Antico Mangano from Print House Marchi in Santarcangelo (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) uses the power of wheels to smooth and compress fabrics such as linen, hemp and jute. But unlike previous versions of the technology that required many men to be used, this one, which dates back to at least 1633 and has been in use ever since, only needs the power of a single individual.

It’s no surprise that the Stamperia Marchi Mangano was a breakthrough innovation, as the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci was behind the historic improvement. With a new balance and proportions between the wheel and its large axle (together they weigh 55 tons), Leonardo could use the weight of a single person to activate the heavy wood of the wheel’s gears. After choosing and washing the fabric, it is pressed. with the mangrove, making the warp and weft of the fabric soft and smooth. But for now, the Marchi family’s work isn’t done, as it is, above all, a historic printer that uses a dye you probably haven’t heard of.

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Iron powder

“The fabric is ready to be stamped by hand,” explains Alfonso Marchi, third-generation craftsman and Print House Marchi (Stamperia Marchi). “But what has distinguished the print in Romagna is the magic of a color: iron powder.” And while rust is bad news if it starts to build up on your chain, the opposite is the effect of historic presses, which used it as a main. shade for your products.

“Iron dust gives a very strong color to the fabric. And that’s why the old dyers said that this was a magic color. It doesn’t spoil, and it remembers bread fresh out of the oven. It remembers wheat. It remembers. everything what he does alone,” he explains.

The Marchi family still uses old patterns that farmers used for their ox blankets. His work has always served not only the local community, but also the travelers and merchants of nearby Valmarecchia.

Survive the war

However, Marchi’s printing press and mangrove nearly disappeared during World War II.

Alfonso’s family needed wood for the family’s needs, and it seemed that no one needed the mangrove anymore. But Alfonso, then eight years old, begged his grandfather to save him. The old man couldn’t resist his grandson, the only reason why the historic machinery still works today.

However, customers were few and far between and no longer knocked on the door. They had to go to local markets and display their products in order to survive. Among the things that helped to survive a historical activity and a machine was another wheel, that of a bicycle.

Wheels by wheels

“My grandfather used to ride his bike to Sogliano, San Marino and San Leo when the markets were held,” says Alfonso Marchi, third-generation artisan and Print House Marchi (Stamperia Marchi). “And I did it regularly because looking for work and finding work to do wasn’t like today when they take you home. So you had to go and get it.” That effort paid off, as it helped the family and the mangrove to survive. But to stay in good working shape, you need to use it every day, like a bicycle.

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“In Santarcangelo, there is a mangano that is still active, intact and has never been modified or restored,” says Alfonso. “You restore it by keeping it alive, by working on it daily.”

Future proof

And at least for now, Marchi’s mangrove is safe. Alfonso’s son, Gabriele, is still active in the old family tradition and is the fourth generation of the family to work in the printing house. “Since I was little, I came here to play in the workshop, and we could say it step by step. a little, I learned the ropes by playing,” says Gabriele.

It’s not an easy job. Not only because being an artisan requires many hours and sacrifices these days. But also because keeping the family issue in shape and safeguarding it for the future is additional work on its own. But it’s something I wouldn’t trade for anything else in the world.

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“It’s a responsibility but also a pleasure,” says Gabriele. “When people come to our workshop and see what we can do, they can’t believe it’s handmade. So that gives me great satisfaction, and I’m very proud of it.”

Again, the similarity to cycling is very close. Without effort and sacrifice, we would probably enjoy cycling a little less.

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