Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Commuting Bicycle commuting is easier than you think, before you know it, you'll be hooked. Learn the tips, hints, equipment, safety requirements for safely riding your bike to work.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-14-09, 12:31 PM   #1
Dr_Robert
AKA Nathan
Thread Starter
 
Dr_Robert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Columbus Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bianchi San Jose (pics)

It still needs a new saddle, and I need to pick up a couple of 15mm wrenches to toss in my toolbag. Other than that, I think it's finally done.

-DR










__________________
'08 Bianchi San Jose
'06 Giant OCR C3
'04 Specialized Hardrock Comp
Dr_Robert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 01:11 PM   #2
pathdoc
Hey let's ride.
 
pathdoc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Allen, TX
Bikes: Torelli road bike, Tsunami tandem
Posts: 2,002
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Looks like a nice ride.

Sweet
pathdoc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 01:12 PM   #3
bdcheung
Carpe Diem
 
bdcheung's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: MABRA
Bikes: 2007 CAAD9; 2014 CAADX; PedalForce CG1
Posts: 13,147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
nice!
__________________
"When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
ΛΧΑ ΔΞ179 - 15% off your first Hammer Nutrition order!
bdcheung is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 01:37 PM   #4
FZ1Tom
creaky old bones
 
FZ1Tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Springfield, Misery
Bikes: Trek 7200
Posts: 267
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
now that is a sweet (and speedy!) commuter rig!

Tom
FZ1Tom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 04:53 PM   #5
BA Commuter
Comfortably Numb!
 
BA Commuter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: East Jabip
Bikes: Jamis Commuter 3.0
Posts: 943
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Looks nice! That rig should turn a few heads in Columbus!
BA Commuter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 05:29 PM   #6
dirtyhippy
<~>
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: MSP
Bikes:
Posts: 147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Very nice. I had a San Jose a few years ago, but it only lasted a summer until it was stolen. Hope you have better luck than I!
dirtyhippy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 05:45 PM   #7
CliftonGK1
Senior Member
 
CliftonGK1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Columbus, OH
Bikes: '08 Surly Cross-Check, 2011 Redline Conquest Pro, 2012 Spesh FSR Comp EVO, 2015 Trek Domane 6.2 disc
Posts: 11,380
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nice looking bike! Columbus is nice and flat to tear around in, too. That's going to be some fun.

A hint about your front fender: You'll catch a lot of road spray with the leading edge up high off the tire like that. I had the same problem with my Cross Check, because that hanger mount isn't long enough to cover the gap they leave for large tire clearance. Go to the hardware store and get a piece of 1/16" strip steel (usually over with all the deck joiners and such) and make a little extender to get that fender down close to the tire. It helped me tons this winter.
__________________
"I feel like my world was classier before I found cyclocross."
- Mandi M.
CliftonGK1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 06:05 PM   #8
Fremdchen
Senior Member
 
Fremdchen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Bikes: 2007 Schwinn Super Sport Ultra 1
Posts: 548
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What kind of crankset is that?
Fremdchen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 08:49 PM   #9
cyclefreaksix
Senior Member
 
cyclefreaksix's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Plano Texas
Bikes:
Posts: 1,311
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Shwinggggg!! Love it.
cyclefreaksix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 08:55 PM   #10
hubcap
One Man Fast Brick
 
hubcap's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Chicagoland
Bikes: Specialized Langster, Bianchi San Jose, early 90s GT Karakoram, Yuba Mundo, Mercier Nano (mini velo), Nashbar Steel Commuter, KHS Tandemania Sport
Posts: 1,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I have the same bike rolling on 32mm Schwalbe Marathons. I've thought about putting Gatorskins on it like on my other bikes. How are you liking it with the Contis?

The cranks are probably Sugino XD w/42T ring if stock. It also has a bash ring since it's marketed as a cyclocross bike.

Oh, and keep the saddle. It's...well, unique. I have had some interesting comments about it.

Last edited by hubcap; 05-14-09 at 09:00 PM.
hubcap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 09:01 PM   #11
Fremdchen
Senior Member
 
Fremdchen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Atlanta, GA
Bikes: 2007 Schwinn Super Sport Ultra 1
Posts: 548
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
hubcap, I had some gatorskins for a few weeks before my bike was ripped off. They kind of seemed like overkill - sacrificed a lot in ride quality for the cast-iron flat protection. Then again if I were in a place bad for flats, it wouldn't be overkill at all!
Fremdchen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 09:17 PM   #12
gerv 
In the right lane
 
gerv's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Des Moines
Bikes: 1974 Huffy 3 speed
Posts: 9,534
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Really nice looking bike. I have a Volpe, which I think is the same frame and it is a really nice ride.

However, the rack... man... what is it? I wouldn't carry a sandwich on that.
gerv is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 10:10 PM   #13
Yan 
BeaverTerror
 
Yan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Shanghai, China
Bikes: 1995 Kestrel 4000; 2013 True North Touring; 1989 Miele Tivoli; 1979 Colnago Sport
Posts: 1,828
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
Good choice of pump, but buy some red Loctite and use it on the bolt that holds the flip out foot pad. Both mine and a friend's fell off and were lost.
__________________
Yan
Yan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-14-09, 10:47 PM   #14
Dr_Robert
AKA Nathan
Thread Starter
 
Dr_Robert's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Columbus Ohio
Bikes:
Posts: 514
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks for all the comments. I originally purchased the bike to get in on the whole FF/SS thing, but it's so well suited to commuting that I re-tasked it almost immediately. It's even got a trailer hitch so I can tow my daughter around on the MUP.

Quote:
Originally Posted by FZ1Tom View Post
now that is a sweet (and speedy!) commuter rig!
I'm not prepared to call it speedy just yet... I need to shave a few kilos off of the engine first.

Quote:
Originally Posted by dirtyhippy View Post
Very nice. I had a San Jose a few years ago, but it only lasted a summer until it was stolen. Hope you have better luck than I!
Sorry to hear that. I shouldn't have trouble though - it never gets left outside unattended.

Quote:
Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
A hint about your front fender: You'll catch a lot of road spray with the leading edge up high off the tire like that. I had the same problem with my Cross Check, because that hanger mount isn't long enough to cover the gap they leave for large tire clearance. Go to the hardware store and get a piece of 1/16" strip steel (usually over with all the deck joiners and such) and make a little extender to get that fender down close to the tire. It helped me tons this winter.
Great idea, thanks.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Fremdchen View Post
What kind of crankset is that?
Hubcap got it: Sugino (stock).

Quote:
Originally Posted by hubcap View Post
I have the same bike rolling on 32mm Schwalbe Marathons. I've thought about putting Gatorskins on it like on my other bikes. How are you liking it with the Contis?

Oh, and keep the saddle. It's...well, unique. I have had some interesting comments about it.
The Conti's are 25mm's (I'm thinking of trying 28's though). They're a little rough unless I'm on smooth pavement (about half my commute), but I'm willing to sacrifice some ride quality for flat protection. I still have the pump & a spare tube, obviously, but I hate changing flats on the side of the road.

My saddle doesn't have the animal print, it's just a rather boring (and slightly uncomfortable) black. I'm probably going to swap it for a 143mm Specialized Avatar or Alias. I have a Toupe in the same size on my road bike and I love it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by gerv View Post
However, the rack... man... what is it? I wouldn't carry a sandwich on that.
Fortunately, that's about all I'll have to carry on it. The only thing I take to work with me is my lunch.

It's something I picked up from Nashbar a couple years ago, in case I ever had a use for it. It's really not a bad rack, but you're right, I wouldn't trust it to carry any serious weight.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Yan View Post
Good choice of pump, but buy some red Loctite and use it on the bolt that holds the flip out foot pad. Both mine and a friend's fell off and were lost.
I've got some Loctite somewhere. I'll make a point to do that this weekend, thanks.

-DR
__________________
'08 Bianchi San Jose
'06 Giant OCR C3
'04 Specialized Hardrock Comp

Last edited by Dr_Robert; 05-14-09 at 10:59 PM.
Dr_Robert is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-09, 06:00 AM   #15
tarwheel 
Senior Member
 
tarwheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Raleigh, NC
Bikes: Waterford RST-22, Bob Jackson World Tour, Ritchey Breakaway Cross, Soma Saga, De Bernardi SL, Specialized Sequoia
Posts: 8,480
Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 52 Post(s)
Looks very nice but functional.
tarwheel is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-09, 06:15 AM   #16
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint
Posts: 14,209
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 134 Post(s)
Nice bike! Double superflashes in back - nice.
rumrunn6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-15-09, 06:17 PM   #17
ehsiung
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: Jamis Aurora 2006
Posts: 111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
Nice bike! Double superflashes in back - nice.
+1

How are the superflashes mounted?
I may have to do this as well.
ehsiung is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-09, 04:36 AM   #18
rumrunn6
Senior Member
 
rumrunn6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 25 miles northwest of Boston
Bikes: Bottecchia Sprint
Posts: 14,209
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 134 Post(s)
looks like he used the stock hardware that comes with the superflashes. if I remember correctly you get 2 mounting clamps for different sized diameter tubes
rumrunn6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-09, 04:49 AM   #19
ehsiung
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Bikes: Jamis Aurora 2006
Posts: 111
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
looks like he used the stock hardware that comes with the superflashes. if I remember correctly you get 2 mounting clamps for different sized diameter tubes
Yes, I think you're right. I should have looked at it a bit closer.
ehsiung is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-09, 10:32 AM   #20
luketg08
woopwoop
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Minneapolis
Bikes:
Posts: 114
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Fellow san jose owner, I'm going to disagree with you, that you don't need a new saddle. I'm still rocking the stock with the leopard print and i love it.

Also have you thought about a new stem, or flipping the current one? The only thing I really disliked about my san jose was the stock stem and its angle.
luketg08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-09, 11:04 AM   #21
dirtyhippy
<~>
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: MSP
Bikes:
Posts: 147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't think San Joses come w/ the leopard print anymore
dirtyhippy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-09, 11:13 AM   #22
jeffpoulin
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 2,178
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Cute bike. Is she single?
jeffpoulin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-09, 11:55 AM   #23
luketg08
woopwoop
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Minneapolis
Bikes:
Posts: 114
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by dirtyhippy View Post
I don't think San Joses come w/ the leopard print anymore
What a tragedy, good thing I still have mine!
luketg08 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-09, 01:08 PM   #24
NormanF
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 5,370
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
I just switched from cyclocross to city commuter tires. The 42 size is just perfect for the Bianchi San Jose. Rolls smooth and fast!
NormanF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-16-09, 05:24 PM   #25
Stan the Man
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Bikes:
Posts: 70
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
How do you like commuting with a single speed? On my rides I use 3 out of 10 of my gears... the headwinds kill me.
Stan the Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:40 AM.