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.