Join Date: Jul 2000
Bikes: 1959 Capo; 1980 Peugeot PKN-10; 1981 Bianchi; 1988 Schwinn KOM-10;
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My steel frames span the spectrum from a very flexy/whippy long-wheelbased 1960 road bike to a moderately stiff 1982 Bianchi with a 99cm wheelbase. For sprinting, climbing, and performance riding, I thoroughly enjoy the Bianchi's responsiveness, but my old classic is VERY comfortable on a long road trip. As long as one pedals smoothly, uses low gears, and does not overload it, there is nothing wrong with a flexy frame for the nonracing cyclist.
By the way, today's extremely stiff, close-coupled, aggressive racing frames do not interest me. If I needed a new machine tomorrow, I would include bikes like the Bianchi Eros on my list of prospects.