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Old 10-07-08, 11:33 AM   #1
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Suggest a Bianchi Milano Alternative? (less $$)

Those Bianchi Milano "Cafe Racers" are the sexiest bikes on two wheels, if you ask me. However I cannot choke down the $750 price for the 8 speed version. I've looked at the Felt "Cafe" bike and I'm sure they're quality they don't have the same vibe.

Are there Milano like bikes out there that are just as cool but have a less than Milano sticker price? And the Celeste is a cool color but I'd be happy with any other color.

Here is a Milano for those who are unfamiliar with them:



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Old 10-07-08, 12:12 PM   #2
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Masi's Soulville looks like a nice bike. There are a couple on the EvilBay for around $530 plus shipping. 8sp internal hub and coaster brake.
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This thread (a sticky now) offers a wonderful view of the vintage bikes that are
both working value and serviceablity.....some have decades of life left in them.

It truely possible to own a wonderful bike that rides like a dream and not spend
mega bucks to own one. If those pictures don't make you drool.............

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Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
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I like the kickstand on that bike. I wonder if it can be purchased aftermarket?
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Old 10-07-08, 04:32 PM   #5
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I like the kickstand on that bike. I wonder if it can be purchased aftermarket?
This net seller sells a lot accesories that are hard to find for bicycles. This is the stand you ask about.

http://www.bikeworldusa.us/Wald-Rear...B000U5M8FK.htm
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I agree that the Bianchi Milano is sex on two wheels. The femme version is even hotter than the male version.

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I rode a Bianchi Milano one day. I think its nice. Clean bike, I wish I could get that bike. I have seen the Masi Soulville, I dont like it as much, dont get me wrong its a nice bike, but its just a odd bike to me.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I've looked at the Masi, the Felt Cafe, the Specialized Globe, etc., and while they are all cool in their own right, nothing seems to capture the same vibe as the Milano.

I guess I need to just plan to save more $$
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I like the kickstand on that bike. I wonder if it can be purchased aftermarket?
That is an aftermarket kickstand. The stock one is shown on the second bike. The first bike also has non-stock fenders,seat,and bars.

OP,you could always look for a used Milano on eBay or CL. I sold my old one to a friend for $500.
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Look for a Rollo bike. I'd bet it's the exact same frame. Not quite as much style and you don't get 8sp.

Get this: http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/814225027.html

And then find a 3sp wheel for it. You'd have essentially a Milano for less than $200. But no celeste paint.
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I think the Masi Soulville is the best looking bike ever. I want to buy one and just hang it on my living room wall!

There is a guy on Minneapolis Craigslist who has been trying to unload his Milano for months. He is asking $395. Maybe he is desperate enough to ship?
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You can always keep your eye out for a used one. Got mine locally off CL for $390.

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Look for a Rollo bike. I'd bet it's the exact same frame. Not quite as much style and you don't get 8sp.

Get this: http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/814225027.html

And then find a 3sp wheel for it. You'd have essentially a Milano for less than $200. But no celeste paint.

Rollo green is much cooler than anything that's been on the Milano.
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Rollo green is much cooler than anything that's been on the Milano.
Agreed, but OP specifically liked the style of the Milano. Another bike occurred to me: even harder to find than a Milano, but a Van Dessel SuperFly also sports the curved tubing look w/ a Shmano Nexus 7 IGH.
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You can always keep your eye out for a used one. Got mine locally off CL for $390.


Hey it's YOUR fault I'm in this mess :-) I saw yours and thought I have to have one, my wife has to have one..Then later I realized I cannot afford one/them...Only to later decide yes I can, it will just take a while longer.
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That's funny. There were several used Milanos up for sale this summer in Eugene. Three days after I bought mine a much nicer model appeared for only $50 more. I was kicking myself for awhile there.

Prices must have really jumped. Back in June the Bianchi LBS had still new '05 120th Anniversary Edition Milanos (the really cool silver ones) for $625.

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That milano in the second pic is my wife's, taken for the craigslist ad when I sold it.
She wanted something more practical. The Milano was heavy, slow and she didn't care for the pedal position. It was just too much of a beach cruiser. But it's definitely a looker, that's fo sho.
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Weid because I rode what I think was an 09 model the other day in my LBS and I was astonished at how light it was. I expected it to ride like a tank and it was light and nimble. I think they have gone to an aluminum frame.

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I think they have gone to an aluminum frame.
I'm pretty sure Milanos have been aluminum since day one. Bianchi's '01 website shows the frame to be 7005 alloy:

http://www.bianchiusa.com/past/2001/...ano/index.html

I'm looking at a '06 review that shows it to be 29 lbs. That's the same weight as a Swobo Dixon.
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I weighed my '05 Milano before I sold it;30lbs. My Dixon is 27lbs 15oz.
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I saw one of the new Gary Fisher "City" bikes at the LBS and its a good lookin' bike.
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I weighed my '05 Milano before I sold it;30lbs. My Dixon is 27lbs 15oz.
Well somebody better call Swobo. I'm just going off their own website:

http://www.swobo.com/catalog/product...?cPath=201_204
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According to the site,it's got a BB5 front brake and BB7 rear. Mine,and every one I've seen IRL,has dual BB7's. Lots of manufacturers' websites are off on some details.
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