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TomD77 02-27-11 08:54 AM

First road bike
 
I started riding about a year ago, bought a hybrid and put about 7000 miles on it. A couple of weeks ago I took the plunge to a road bike. I tested the Specialized, Trex, Carbondale and Giant versions of this but there is some element to the feel and ride of the Bianchi that sets it apart even though I have trouble putting my finger on it.

I have a history of flat tires so this bike didn't leave the shop with the stock tires, it has Contentental Gator Hardshells now.

I'm fairly surprised at how much faster I can push this, both in sprint and average, than I could my hybrid.

When I took this shot, I was nervous about the possibility of the bike wheel flopping to the side, rolling out and the bike falling into the brackish water of the bay. So I had an industrial strength rubber band on the front brake level, an impromptu parking brake.

http://i185.photobucket.com/albums/x...ff/DSC0917.jpg

CrankyFranky 02-27-11 09:27 AM

You sound like a keen rider - and this bike looks great as a first road bike - not as stiff as all aluminum, good price point, and great looking and all modern to boot. Smart purchase, I'm sure that I'd be giving this a hard look if/when I decide that my venerable '82 steel bike no longer can do what little I demand of it.
Three questions - was there a triple chainring as an option and what kine of warrantee comes with the frame?
And is it my imagination, or does each wheel have four red spokes?
Meanwhile, I hope you get many miles out of it!

bengreen79 02-27-11 09:29 AM

Sharp bike! Beware of the white grip tape - gets dirty fast!

Retro Grouch 02-27-11 09:32 AM

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Originally Posted by bengreen79 (Post 12286532)
Sharp bike! Beware of the white grip tape - gets dirty fast!

But it's not that hard to clean. Smear on some waterless hand cleaner, like GoJo, and hose it off. Takes about the amount of time I spent typing this response.

kenji666 02-27-11 09:37 AM

Different colored spokes? Get rid of all those reflectors too. Very nice ride.

BluesDawg 02-27-11 09:53 AM

It's a beauty. :thumb: Glad you found the one that chose you.

Too bad about the tires. I think I would have tried the stock tires and switch to the iron-clads only after I actually had problems, but that's just me and my history is to have pretty good luck with flats. I get them occasionally, but not enough to sacrifice road feel.

skilsaw 02-27-11 07:16 PM

The way to find out if the Continental tires make a difference is buy the other half her own matching bike. Leave the stock tires on her bike. See who gets the most flats on your rides together.

doctor j 02-27-11 07:54 PM

Nice ride. Good idea on the parking brake!

John E 02-27-11 08:58 PM

I am admittedly biased, but I figure one cannot go wrong w/ a Bianchi.

TomD77 02-27-11 10:03 PM

I've had Continentals on my hybrid for around or over 6000 miles with no flats but I was plagued with flats with the stock tires. A month before I bought, a friend bought a similar version of my Bianchi with the same tires as fitted stock on mine and had a flat within 200 miles. I put 30 or better miles on the bike testing it and, frankly, can't tell the difference in feel or handling between the stock tires and the Contis.

Yes, a triple crank is available but since 95% of my riding is in Florida I don't need it until I visit my family and friends in north Georgia. Then I figure I can either take my hybrid with the 28/38/48 front or I can buy an extra rear cassette for the Bianchi for the duration and temporarily replace the stock 12/25 10 speed with a 11/32. I do so love the tight gear steps of a 12/25 10 speed though.

outwest5 02-27-11 10:47 PM

Very pretty! I was looking at a similar Bianchi when I bought my Felt. The Bianchi turned so smoothly and it was really well balanced. There was a difference to me, too. I ended up with a Felt (which had the same perfect balance feeling of the Bianchi), but I do think the Bianchi's are really, really pretty bikes. I have hills here, but with the road bike I have yet to need granny gear on anything but a climb up the side of a dam! I don't think triples are needed on a light road bike. I have a triple on my hybrid and used granny gear quite a bit. Of course, my Felt has an 11-28 cassette, so maybe that's why? In Florida, it shouldn't matter much to you.

Enjoy it! It's a pretty thing.

TromboneAl 02-28-11 09:28 AM

Looks great.

That rear blinkie light will be much more effective if it's rigidly mounted so that it points back towards the cars.

10 Wheels 02-28-11 09:33 AM

Nice colors....

DnvrFox 02-28-11 09:39 AM

Very nice bike, but that is a really strange paint job on your garage door!!

CraigB 02-28-11 10:03 AM

Beautiful bike. I'm among those that think all Bianchis should be "celeste." And don't worry about the white tape. A little dirt on it shows that you really ride it.

NOS88 02-28-11 04:18 PM

Sweet looking ride. I hope it serves you well (which it should if it's well cared for).

Timtruro 02-28-11 05:28 PM

I have always loved that Bianchi color.............enjoy many miles on it............she's a beauty

Garilia 02-28-11 05:35 PM

That color is such a Florida color!

TomD77 02-28-11 11:04 PM

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Originally Posted by DnvrFox (Post 12291225)
Very nice bike, but that is a really strange paint job on your garage door!!

Heh!

BigBlueToe 03-01-11 08:33 AM

Very nice. Someday I'd like to own an Italian bike with all Campagnolo components. I lusted over such bikes in my youth.

Garilia 03-01-11 08:45 AM

According to the Bianchi website the Via Nirone 7 105 is about $400 less than the comparably equipped Trek, Specialized and Giant bikes. There is also (supposedly) a Bianchi dealer about 15 miles south of me that I have not visited. I will have to visit and see if I can give this bike serious consideration.

outwest5 03-01-11 10:54 AM

Garilla, If that is in your price range, I think it is an excellent choice. Bianchi's are beautifully designed and they ride so well. Usually you pay a few hundred more for them compared to other brands, not less, but when you try one, you know why. If this model seems to be less, there is no question to me that this is the best choice.

I think the original poster needs to have the bike fitted better, though. The handlebars are at the wrong angle...

Garilia 03-01-11 11:03 AM

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Originally Posted by outwest5 (Post 12297347)
Garilla, If that is in your price range, I think it is an excellent choice. Bianchi's are beautifully designed and they ride so well. Usually you pay a few hundred more for them compared to other brands, not less, but when you try one, you know why. If this model seems to be less, there is no question to me that this is the best choice.

I'm just basing my comparison on the MSRP or Avg. Retail Price on each manufacturers website. The Via Nirone 7 105 lists at $1379.99

The Trek 2.3 is $1729.99 (although I just saw the Trek 2.1 is 105 equipped for $1369) I'd have to compare the Bianchi to the Trek 2.1 or the Giant Defy1 (it seems like I was looking at some higher end trek and Giant bikes with 105 and I thought they were the entry 105) still, I am considering this price range, I hope to be able to touch, feel, and smell the Bianchi ;)

TomD77 03-01-11 05:50 PM

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Originally Posted by outwest5 (Post 12297347)
I think the original poster needs to have the bike fitted better, though. The handlebars are at the wrong angle...

No, that's on purpose. I've always had a problem with the way the nerves are routed to my hands and if my arms are stretched too far, my hands rapidly go totally numb, very unpleasant. In order to get short of the numb point, we had to put on the shortest steering head and even then tilt the bars up. Even now, it's right on the edge. In my 20's, I had trouble distance riding on a motorcycle.

Garilia 03-01-11 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by TomD77 (Post 12299403)
No, that's on purpose. I've always had a problem with the way the nerves are routed to my hands and if my arms are stretched too far, my hands rapidly go totally numb, very unpleasant. In order to get short of the numb point, we had to put on the shortest steering head and even then tilt the bars up. Even now, it's right on the edge. In my 20's, I had trouble distance riding on a motorcycle.


It's a sharp looking bike, and I will absolutely try to find one for a test ride. I always try to be on the edge of mainstream, and for some reason am not enamored by the Trek, Giant, Specialized triumvirate.


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