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Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) Looking to lose that spare tire? Ideal weight 200+? Frustrated being a large cyclist in a sport geared for the ultra-light? Learn about the bikes and parts that can take the abuse of a heavier cyclist, how to keep your body going while losing the weight, and get support from others who've been successful.

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Old 12-17-12, 11:40 AM   #1
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New Bike For Me- Bianchi!



On my quest for fitness, I have been riding a mid-80's Centurion I bought new...I have a lot of miles on it, but despite taking care of it, it has become very tired. Ever since the 80's I have loved Bianchi bikes....and made the mistake/ had the good fortune to ride one at a local bicycle expo. I found this one at a local shop where it had become a showroom orphan, sitting unsold since 2009. I got it for a good price and have alreayd found a great deal less pain after a ride compared to my old warhorse. Plus....now that I have a fancy bike, I really need to put the miles on it to make it worth the investment!
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Old 12-17-12, 12:14 PM   #2
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Oh my gosh it's in the big big combo!

Nice bike, I'm a Bianchi fan!


Some details on components?
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Old 12-17-12, 12:58 PM   #3
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Nice bike, I do agree that there is some serious cross chaining going on though.
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Old 12-17-12, 01:06 PM   #4
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Oh my gosh it's in the big big combo!

Nice bike, I'm a Bianchi fan!


Some details on components?
From the Bianchi website, so I don't screw it all up...:
Components - Y9BF5
Road "B4P" 1885 Alu Rival 10sp Double

CK Celeste w/ White Graphics

Frame

1885 ALU - B4P

Bianchi FN11 FORK ALU CARBON B4P - 1-1/8"

Headset
FSA ZS4-CUSTOM Semi Integrated

Shifters
SRAM Rival

Rear Derailleur
SRAM Rival

Front Derailleur
SRAM Rival

Crankset
FSA Team Issue MegaExo 53/39

Sprocket
SRAM PC-1090 10sp 12/26

Brakes
SRAM Rival

Wheels
Mavic AKSIUM Black

Handlebar
Deda Elementi Big Piega

Seatpost
Bianchi RC Carbon 31.6mm

Saddle
Fizik Pave CX Sport

Pedals
Cheap demo ones that were on it until I get used to clipping into these new fangled things on my old bike...


Was about to pass out by the time I got home from picking it up. I rode to shop on old bike, picked this up and rode some more of our daily ride and went home...a lot faster. Had no clue what gear I left it in...still getting used to not having shifters on the bottom tube...!
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Nice!
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So awesome. I have drooled over Bianchi forever.
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Yay for new bike day! Very nice ride.
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Update!: The first day I picked up the bike, I rode down to the LBS on my old bike and then rode home. It felt pretty good. I have heard a fair number of arguments that it is "the rider, not the bike" in terms of speed, distance. etc.. I figured it was both...

The old bike I struggled to keep an average speed between 9 - 11 mph. Coasting was pretty much non-existant. Top speed was maybe 18 mph. On the new bike, with the same amount of effort, I average between 13-16 mph, with a top speed of 22 mph. I am also much more able to get spinning and keep going (unlike my old bike).

Overall, I think the bike was well worth the investment, as I feel much more able to reach my overall goals down the road someday....!
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Old 12-18-12, 10:46 AM   #9
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On my quest for fitness, I have been riding a mid-80's Centurion I bought new...I have a lot of miles on it, but despite taking care of it, it has become very tired. Ever since the 80's I have loved Bianchi bikes....and made the mistake/ had the good fortune to ride one at a local bicycle expo. I found this one at a local shop where it had become a showroom orphan, sitting unsold since 2009. I got it for a good price and have alreayd found a great deal less pain after a ride compared to my old warhorse. Plus....now that I have a fancy bike, I really need to put the miles on it to make it worth the investment!
She is a beauty that is for sure!
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very nice.
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Very nice, I've always wanted a Bianchi.
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Bellissima...

Ride her long and ride her safely!
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Lovely set of wheels.
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As a fellow heavy weight and Bianchi owner well done.
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Very sweet ride. Enjoy!
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Compact crankset - Isn't that a 34T inner chainring?

Um...what happended to the old Centurion bike?
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Compact crankset - Isn't that a 34T inner chainring?

Um...what happended to the old Centurion bike?
Yes, it is the 34t inner chainring....as for the old Centurion- it is now slated to be completly refurbished. I will disassemble it, and all the chips and paint damage of the decades will be worked out and fixed using an airbrush and paint blending so that I can retain as much of the original as possible. All metal will be polished out and waxed and the bike will get occasional rides for the fun of it. No getting ruined and raped into a single speed or fixie for this old friend...!
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Crankset FSA Team Issue MegaExo 53/39
OK, you're confusing me here. Pic looks like a standard crank in the pic and the specs say standard crank 53/39.....where does the compact crank conversation come in?
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On the Centurion - good plan!

On the crankset - to my eye, it looked like a compact, not a 53/39. I was guessing based on the picture.
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