I have a previous thread about the perfect bike size for me. I have a 2001 Bianchi Veloce that's 57cm. It's just a hair too big. I've got a 90mm stem and the seat pushed forward. I can put my feet flat on the ground, but the top bar is right up against me. I feel no pain when riding in my back or shoulders or anywhere. After a long ride, my hands get a little tired from the slight extra stretch and forward pressure, but it's nothing too horrible.
I've been to a bunch of shops and have ridden about 6-8 brands in sizes ranging from 53 to 57. 53 is just a hair too small. 57 is just a hair too big. I can accommodate pretty much any 54/55/56cm frame to fit me. Actually, most bikes that I tried a 54 and 56, the 56 was just a little better.
Well, I'm planning on doing an upgrade and rebuild from the ground up and want to start by transferring a lot of my current parts over to a new frame.
I've been searching for the exact model of my bike, just in a 55cm frame. I've found a couple Bianchi Veloce's that are steel frame with a steel fork, mid-90's. I can use my current carbon fork as they are both 1" threaded. I've also found my exact bike just in 55cm. I'm talking to him about price. He's asking WAY more than I was even thinking of selling mine. I offered half of what he's asking. He's asking 925 and I offered 450. I only paid 600 for mine three years ago.
Well, I also found an early 2000's Bianchi SL Aluminum Reparto Corse Frame in a 55cm. The price is around 250, which seems really good. It's got a carbon fork and a seatpost already so every component from my current bike could transfer, for the most part. I could then be riding a better sized bike as I work towards upgrading the wheels and then the components over the next year or so.
I'm not really a hardcore cyclist, just like riding alot with my wife and like taking mechanical things apart and learning how to put them back together. We typically only ride 20-30+ miles with the hopes of building up to around 50 miles or so.
Here's a picture of a steel framed Bianchi Veloce similar to mine that I've found.
Here's a picture of the Aluminum frame that I'm looking at.
Here's a picture of the early/mid-90's(?) frame that I'd use my current carbon fork, stem, etc. on. It's a Campione D'Italia.
Any thoughts on any of the frames. Is that aluminum frame a good deal at 250?