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Old 08-15-05, 07:12 PM   #501
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Just picked up this beast the other day, a 2005 Bianchi Bergamo, to replace my slickified MTB as a real commuter:



It's a really neat little bike, along the same vein as the Specialized Globe and the Trek T80.

It has a lot of unique stuff, which I think works pretty well.

You may or may not be able to notice (my camera sucks) the lack of a front derailer and a single chain ring, but it's 21 speed. Well, it has a 7-speed rear casette, as well as a three-speed internally geared rear hub. This sounded like a gimmick to me to begin with, but it absolutely rules. I would say the gearing on it is as broad as my 48/38/28 on my MTB. I can shift the internal hub while stopped at a stop light, without having to pedal, so i can come to a light at top gear, and then switch to easy gear to spin up when the light turns green, and rip it back to top gear shortly after. Also, internally geared hubs are pretty much bombproof, so when my derailer craps out, I'll still be able to shift amongst my broadest three gears.

It has an array of blinkin LEDs on the back of the seat which automatically engage when you sit on it.

Very comfortable riding, I could never wear jeans on long rides until I got this bike, and now it's no problem at all.

One thing that I thought was funny is that the Globe and the T80 have an integrated lock for the rear wheel. The Bergamo solves this problem a different way, it just doesn't have quick release on the rear wheel.

I don't know how much I like the flyback handlebars, they're ergonomically sound but I would like more hand positions. Will probably get some Novara Safari style butterfly bars eventually.

Came stock with fenders, a rack, and 700x38 tires, Great for commuting right out of the shop! I love this bike, and would recommend it to any commuter who's shopping around.
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Old 08-16-05, 12:34 AM   #502
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This is my dialy runner





a 1988 Koga Miyata Valley Runner.
And I carry my gear in a large shoulderbag
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Old 08-16-05, 07:53 AM   #503
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Here's my commuter (it also happens to be my touring bike). The IT manager at my company raised his eyebrows once when he saw me riding with my laptop on top (as in the picture here). It is very secure, though, and I have some cushion-type material under it to absorb shock. No problems after 2+ years of fairly regular commuting approx. 4 mi one way.
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Old 08-16-05, 05:34 PM   #504
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That's a sweet looking ride!
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Old 08-16-05, 08:15 PM   #505
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atombob,

I really dig your new ride. Would you mind sharing with us how much it set you back?

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Old 08-17-05, 01:46 AM   #506
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The "Antlers" look with the double set of barends is sweet!

Good control from the center position?
Did you take the grips/ shifters/ brakes off to get them in place?
Ever temped to ram another cyclist to prove your dominance during mating season?
Or find your bike scratchng trees to mark it's territory?
Cool.
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Old 08-17-05, 07:36 AM   #507
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The "Antlers" look with the double set of barends is sweet!

Good control from the center position?
Did you take the grips/ shifters/ brakes off to get them in place?
I was inspired to do the antler thing (and the stem bag/sound system) by this post: The "Antler" Bar

Control from center position is fine, except for hair-pin cornering at any speed. There's something about the physics of having your hands in the center position that doesn't allow for sharp cornering at higher speeds. The first time I discovered this I almost crashed. On the straightaways, though, it is really nice to have those extra hand positions.

I did take the grips and shifters off to install the middle bar ends. Haven't yet reinstalled the grips

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Ever temped to ram another cyclist to prove your dominance during mating season?
Or find your bike scratchng trees to mark it's territory?
Haha Come November, I might avoid riding in heavily wooded areas in order not to provoke a challenge from some whitetail buck.
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Old 08-18-05, 02:41 AM   #508
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I use this for my 10 mile one way commute. Specialized Sirrus.
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Old 08-18-05, 06:35 AM   #509
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I use this for my 10 mile one way commute. Specialized Sirrus.
Where's the scabbard for the pump 12 ga?
Here in Texas that sometimes is a necessary accessory.
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Old 08-18-05, 10:39 AM   #510
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ok here is my commuter. its a no name frame, seven speed external with a 38t chain ring in front, i commute about 15 miles each way on it and the last leg starts after 1am because of my lovely position as a waiter. ha and i had to buy gas the other day - 2.49? holy cow, everyday i love the commute more and more.
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Old 08-18-05, 01:11 PM   #511
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I finally took a couple of pictures of my commuter bike. Okay, so it's my only bike. The Trek Mountain Track 800. It's heavy as sin, and hard to manouver, but it was cheap five years ago and shows no signs of breaking down. (Astute viewers might notice the new rear wheel, putting paid to my claim of it not breaking down. But that's been the only thing that's gone, so I figure it's holding up pretty well.)

Here's the best one of the lot, and as a special bonus, I'm in the picture too. Aren't you all lucky.


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Old 08-18-05, 05:39 PM   #512
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I use this for my 10 mile one way commute. Specialized Sirrus.
Nice, I also use my Sirrus for my commute and my main transportation. I think I want some bar ends though.
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Old 08-18-05, 06:56 PM   #513
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Wow. Nice bike.
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Old 08-18-05, 07:10 PM   #514
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I don't have a rack on my commute bike so I can't carry a shotgun. Instead I just bring along my HK USP Compact (45ACP) with an extra magazine. It's lighter too.


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Old 08-18-05, 07:26 PM   #515
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Yeah, the gun caught my attention too. lol
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Old 08-24-05, 06:58 PM   #516
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Here are some pics of my bike (yes I know its dirty).
First is the stock picture from Kona, then pics of my actual bike:

The details:
Kona JTS
105 9-sp STI shifters
Ultegra triple front der.
FSA Carbon cranks w/ 28/39/50 chainrings
Shimano SPD one-side, platform the other side with a Nashbar pedal reflector kit attached to cages
LX Rear Derailleur
LX 11-32 cassette
105 hubs laced to 36 hole Mavic A719 rims
Blackburn City Rack
Jandd seat-bag w/flat kit
topeak mini-pump
Cygolite HID light (Battery not on the bike)
Planet bike 3LED white front light
Trek 1 LED red blinkie (kept on solid, attached to Jandd seat-bag)
Trek 5 LED red blinkie
Planet Bike 3 LED red blinkie
Arkel Bug pannier (not in pics)
Wheel reflectors (not in pics...installing them in the next week or so as its getting darker in the mornings)
Fenders....I have a front one that is just not installed, but haven't figured out what to do in back yet.

And here are the pics:
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Old 08-25-05, 09:50 AM   #517
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Here are some pics of my bike (yes I know its dirty).
Nice looking bike. It's not dirty, it's ridden .
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Old 08-25-05, 11:00 AM   #518
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My new commuter rig.
Novarra Buzz and Xtracycle.
This one holding 35+ pounds of laundry plus a bag of groceries.
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Old 08-25-05, 11:56 AM   #519
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Until i build up the old Trek2100, this is my commuter (and my and my training/race bike too).

1998 Independant Fabrication Crown Jewel (Steelman straight bladed steel fork)
Chris King headset
1996 Dura-Ace 8sp crank, BB, derailieurs, shifters and brakes
1998 D/A-Mavic OpenPro wheelset w/12-21 D/A cassette
Michelin Hi-Lite Prestige 700x20c tires.
Sachs drilled chain.
Look 247 pedals
3TTT bars & stem, Cinelli cork ribbon
1998 D/A seat post
Selle Italia Flite Gel saddle
Elite bottle cages
Trek computer (with temp gauge)

Photo is one week old.
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Old 08-27-05, 09:42 AM   #520
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My new commuter.

Airborne Carpe Diem Ti frame
Alpha Q full carbon fork
Tubus Fly steel rack (330 g !!)
Chris King Head Set
DuraAce 10 speed Sti
Ortlieb panniers
FSA Ti BB
Paul's Neo Retro
CrankBrothers Ti pedals
DuraAce/DT/Mavic 519 ceramic wheels

And a lot of other goodies.
This is my 'all purpose bike'. Touring, commuting and cyclocross

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Old 08-28-05, 08:46 AM   #521
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Here's what my Soma Double Cross commuter has evolved into, set up for all-weather (heh... SF all weather, which is pretty mild) commuting. Almost 36 lbs the way she sits!
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Old 08-28-05, 09:25 PM   #522
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[QUOTE=Lectron]My new commuter.

Airborne Carpe Diem Ti frame
Alpha Q full carbon fork
Tubus Fly steel rack (330 g !!)
Chris King Head Set
DuraAce 10 speed Sti
Ortlieb panniers
FSA Ti BB
Paul's Neo Retro
CrankBrothers Ti pedals
DuraAce/DT/Mavic 519 ceramic wheels

And a lot of other goodies.
This is my 'all purpose bike'. Touring, commuting and cyclocross

Lectron, what is the crankset on your Carpe Diem ?
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My new commuter.

Airborne Carpe Diem Ti frame
Alpha Q full carbon fork
Tubus Fly steel rack (330 g !!)
Chris King Head Set
DuraAce 10 speed Sti
Ortlieb panniers
FSA Ti BB
Paul's Neo Retro
CrankBrothers Ti pedals
DuraAce/DT/Mavic 519 ceramic wheels

And a lot of other goodies.
This is my 'all purpose bike'. Touring, commuting and cyclocross

Lectron, what is the crankset on your Carpe Diem ?
It's Strongligt Z'light compact.
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Old 08-29-05, 01:47 AM   #524
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This is my just completed commuter.
I was using this:

But it was difficult to ride long distances in traffic.
I already had an old frame and purchased some second hand parts and some cheap new ones and presto I'm back in the comfort zone.


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Old 08-29-05, 07:17 AM   #525
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I start school again in Sept, so I got this little beauty. Not much now, but I'll get the rack and lights and whatnot.

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