Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Porn capital of the world
Bikes: Schwinn Le Tour and Specialized Rockhopper comp
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Sounds like a fun project. I actually have a Bianchi Milano, which is pretty much exactly the same as yours. I have been mulling over the idea of modding it too, but the biggest problems I am having so far are raising the seat post, and the handlebars. I have ridden about 10 miles total on my Bianchi, and well, my knees are killing me. I can't get proper leg extension with the current seat post. I have been trying to find a longer one, but have not had any luck finding one that matches the diameter. I have measured my seatpost at 24.8mm and the closest I can find is 25mm or 25.4mm. I think once I get past that issue, I would be more inclined to continue working further on it. As for the handlebar issue, i think I have a solution, but it may not appeal to you. I was thinking about getting some rather large "ape hanger" handlebars and angle them forward a bit, but also, because it will be taller, and I still have the option of raising and lowering the stock stem since I am not changing that. I will try and post a crappy picture of my bike shortly, and a picture of the bike I got the idea about the ape hangers from.
In short, I think that the frame would be fun to mess with, but I have limited experience with folders at all.