Classic & Vintage - Bianchi Premio
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07-01-11, 04:26 PM
Found a Bianchi with serial no. 41162025.
Guy is selling it for $350. Seems like a deal. Looking for an all around commuter.
Any information you guys can give on this?
07-01-11, 05:23 PM
Hi, gohmdoree welcome to the forums. any other information? color type of components? depending on the year and condition $350 is too much for a Premio
07-04-11, 03:32 AM
The guy had written me back minutes after writing this saying it was already sold.
I did pick up a bike on eBay. A 2009 Bianchi Pista 55cm with the details below:
Bianchi Blue Color
2009 Model: Chromoly Steel Butted Frame and Front Fork
Shimano Sora Front Brake + Handle
Truativ Tuoro Track 1.1 48T, 170mm Crankset
SALSA 54tooth Chainring
AND Original 43 tooth Truativ Chainring included
SRAM Single Speed Chain
Shimano SS-7600 16t sprocket
ALX Solo Track 28h. wheels
CST Ultra Speeds tires 700 x 25c, Foldable Kelvar, 120psi
VP-A34C STEM Bianchi RC Forged Alloy Headset
Premetec 4002R Steel - Chrome - 40cm Handlebars
Bianchi Alloy 27.2mm Seatpost
Selle Stratos Gel Seat
I rode a current year Pista that was 53cm. I stand 6', but I think my inseam is on the shorter side. haven't tried a 55cm, but did stand over a 56cm and it was almost no room for me.
Arrives in about a week, and am already thinking about what to upgrade. Got it for $375, but shipping was $100. Figured end price was about most people were asking.
Excited for it.
07-04-11, 05:28 AM
Sorry but I must say that this forum is basically devoted to bikes about 25 years old or older. That being said, I would like to have a Bianchi Pista like the one you now have.
What really interested me was your description of your frame fit. You said that you ride a 53cm "Current Year" frame. Is that a sloping seat tube? And, how did you arrive at that measurement?
I'm about 6' 1" and I ride a 58cm or 59cm frame. That is a horizontal seat tube and I measure the frame centre of bottom bracket to the centre of the top tube along the seat tube. I am of average build. I would guess that a 6' tall person would be riding a frame (with a horizontal top tube) of 57cm to 58cm C to C. I think the stand over height, or lack of it, is a sign that the frame is too big.
Of course all people are built differently and some legs are shorter than others. What's important is that you are riding a frame that doesn't stretch you out too much or doesn't cramp you up too much. The other problem having shorter legs is the other problem of having a longer torso. What top tube length do you need? Does the saddle need to go backward on the seatpost and what length of stem do you need?
If you are a serious cyclist and you think you have a build that is different from the norm., I would suggest getting measured by an experienced bike shop. Don't fall for the trap of being measured at one of those 'boutique' bike shops where the person doing the measuring is really a novice. Try to find a shop that has some sort of connection to real racing cyclists.
07-11-11, 06:31 AM
Thanks Gary for your comments. I rode the 53cm frame at the shop because that was what was built. I am a beginner with limited knowledge at this point. I did nothing but take it for a test ride.
The other week I was fitted at another shop for a 54cm frame on a Cervelo RS Rival I had purchase. The person fitting me was a racer and took measurements, etc. The process took a little over am hour.
I am assuming that o will be able to fot on the 55cm frame. Worst case will have to put it out for sale. Havd the Bianchi shipped direct to that bike shop and will do a fittong for it as well.
07-11-11, 10:18 AM
With a limited knowledge of 'bike fit' you put your ride enjoyment in the hands of the person fitting you to the bike. Hopefully he/she knows what they're doing.
I've had a lot of bikes over many years and these bikes have come in all sizes and geometry's and it's amazing how you can adapt to the different bikes and ride them with pleasure. But, when you get on a bike that 'really' fits you, you can recognise it straight away. It really does feel like an extension of your body.
This will happen to you. Perhaps the bike you have fitted will give you that feeling from day one. on the other hand, it may come after you change bikes a few times. As you say, you can put it out for sale. What ever happens, best of luck, I hope it's perfect; if it isn't I'm sure you won't give up. The 'perfect' bike is out there.
07-18-11, 09:53 AM
It'll be a process for me. Finally got the bike assembled from the LBS. The fit felt about right, considering the stand over, with just the right amount of room underneath. I will eventually have to find a 57cm and see how that is, just for the future.
Think will keep the bike, but there are a number of things I might change. The stock pedals I just didn't like at all. The are clip pedals. Can't quite point out why.
Its been over 10 years since I regularly road a bike. At that time, I had a Trek aluminum mountain bike which I used to get around campus.
I think that amazing feeling of fit will come as I go through the various bikes that I probably will.
Thanks for your feedback and I'm unsure will I go. Long term, I have a triathlon and an IM scheduled next year. In the meantime, got to build up my miles.
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