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    Senior Member Yalc's Avatar
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    I ride a surly cross check daily as a commuter, Steel bikes have a great feel, I do want to do a carbon fork up front eventually and have a carbon seatpost right now

    the Imola is a great bike.. and sounds like you have a pretty good deal on it. If its your size and you like the way it rides, I see no reason to not get it because its steel

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    Bianchi Imola. Any thoughts on that make and company as a whole?
    Bianchi USA is in the SF bay area, they contract the big bike manufacturers in ROC to make their bikes,
    they are the Importer- distributor, and (after contacting through dealer) cope with any Warrantee issues.

    Imola in Italy has a motor race track there , there is an Imola in California,too, part of the Napa area,
    State of California has a in-patient Mental health Hospital there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ozonation View Post
    Spot on - good point. Although not everybody likes what he says, I think Grant Petersen of Rivendell had an excellent point: if you're that concerned about weight, you're better off lightening the engine (you), rather than the bike. Most of us could stand to lose a few pounds; but a few pounds off a frame can have significant structural implications.

    The exceptions are of course those who race or whose cycling needs place lightweight as a premium. But for the majority of us, a good quality, dependable bike would be more than sufficient. Besides, I suspect most of us - including me! - more than make up the difference in weight between frame types by the clothes we wear, the junk we pack along, etc.!

    The obsession over bike weight reminds me of photography: everybody wanted more and more megapixels, the industry was happy to sell them on it (more money!), and of course, almost nobody prints photos much anymore, and certainly not at the size justified by the megapixels. Most people only need a 6 MP camera, and yet the average consumer camera is now double or triple that. For what? Bragging rights mostly. Most people would be better off spending the extra money not on high-end and often dubious features they'll never use, but instead on some basic photography lessons... so that you don't do what I saw on a recent trip to Paris where another tourist was trying to shoot Notre Dame at night while on a moving boat 2 km away using his pop up flash. I wanted to walk over and slam the flash down.... (bad me...)

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    http://salsacycles.com/

    mariachi, vaya, fargo, colossal. All in steel some in titanium and stainless steel also. All totally modern incl disc brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asmac View Post
    http://salsacycles.com/

    mariachi, vaya, fargo, colossal. All in steel some in titanium and stainless steel also. All totally modern incl disc brakes.
    The Fargo is pretty cool. Anybody ride one?
    Rivendell Sam Hillborne and Hunqapillar; Brompton M6R Sage Green; Salsa Mukluk 3 FAT Bike; Nerdy Academic; Nikonian; Wing Chun; and a Patridge in a Pear Tree.

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    I am riding a 2000 Bianchi Eros which has a similar geometry as the Imola as a commuter and really enjoy its handling and ride qualities. It is a bit sportier than a touring bike and a little more stable than a race bike.

    I would also suggest taking a test ride on a the Bianchi Volpe which has a steel fork and braze-on for attaching front fenders. It would also be easier to install fenders, if you plan on commuting on raining/wet days.

    Good luck with the new bike.
    Last edited by Jim-in-Kirkland; 03-09-13 at 01:28 AM. Reason: add more detail

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