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Old 08-26-06, 11:09 PM   #3826
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Congrats! I've been thinking of buying a Vigorelli myself. I think the geometry of the 63cm is perfect for me, but I can't test ride one, since my local shop doesn't stock them.

How do you like the ride?
Do you think the frame and fork will handle 28c tires?
How is the Truvativ crank w/ front shifting? Is it 50/34? The website photo shows 50/36, but lists 50/34.

I'm also considering the 07 Lemond Sarthe, but leaning towards the Vigorelli.
I wish it came in celeste, but the red ain't bad.

I would really appreciate the feedback.
Thanks.
To tell you the truth, I haven't taken it on an extended ride yet. I rode it for about 15 minutes in the area near the bike shop. (I can't really call it a LBS because it was about 35 miles from my house. It was the closest one that carried both Lemond and Bianchi.)

For me it was the best of all the bikes I tested out. I tired the Cannondale Synapse (they didn't have the Synapes alloy in stock) the R800, the Specialized Alez and Roubaix (can't remember the exact models) at one bike shop, and some Lemonds, and some Felts at another shop before I picked this one (or did it pick me?). I wanted to try the Sarthe, but they didn't have any of the 06's in my size. It's not something I can explain, but it just felt right. It's a 55cm. I tried a Lemond in a 55 and it felt too big, but the 55 Bianchi felt perfect.

I'll be taking it to a club ride tomorrow. I'll give a report then.
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Old 08-27-06, 10:42 AM   #3827
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What's the word on these Douglas frames at Colo Cyclist? All I see is that they're Litespeeds. Looks like a cheaper Merlin Ti Works compact to me.
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I took a couple pictures of my '05 Scattante CFR today...


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My latest, a Nishiki Prestige of unknown year (well, unknown to me). I'm assuming '80s.

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My latest, a Nishiki Prestige of unknown year (well, unknown to me). I'm assuming '80s.

Looks sharp!

I don't remember, but are you the guy who posted the red Bianchi a while back? For some reason I recognize the garden from that photo.
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Old 08-27-06, 03:46 PM   #3831
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To tell you the truth, I haven't taken it on an extended ride yet. I rode it for about 15 minutes in the area near the bike shop. (I can't really call it a LBS because it was about 35 miles from my house. It was the closest one that carried both Lemond and Bianchi.)

For me it was the best of all the bikes I tested out. I tired the Cannondale Synapse (they didn't have the Synapes alloy in stock) the R800, the Specialized Alez and Roubaix (can't remember the exact models) at one bike shop, and some Lemonds, and some Felts at another shop before I picked this one (or did it pick me?). I wanted to try the Sarthe, but they didn't have any of the 06's in my size. It's not something I can explain, but it just felt right. It's a 55cm. I tried a Lemond in a 55 and it felt too big, but the 55 Bianchi felt perfect.

I'll be taking it to a club ride tomorrow. I'll give a report then.
Got back a little while ago from a 30-mile ride with a good bit of climbing. I checked the chainring and it's 50-34. It came with a 12-25 cassette but the bike shop put a 12-27 on it for no extra charge. Since I'm not a racer I decided to give up a little bit of the high gearing for some low gearing.

I'm not an expert on these things, but it looks like the widest tires that will fit would be 25's or 26's. The limitation seems to be the brakes. With the little lever up there's just enogh room to get the tires out. I have 700x23's on it.

I can't say enough about the ride. Silky smooth. On the climbs I was doing better than I ususlly do. On the flats I was keeping up with the faster riders. Downhills felt solid and smooth. I even felt comfortable enough to do a little standing on a couple of the climbs (something that I usually don't do). I used the stock saddle and by butt was fine.

For the type of riding that I do, I think i've found the perfect bike. It was a few hundred dollers more than I had originally intended to spend on a bike, but I think it was money well spent. About the only thing I need to do is get a new pump. The one that I'm using now is from my other bike and it clips to the downtube. This blocks the Bianchi logo on the left side. Totally unacceptable. I might get a frame pump that attaches to the top tube or a Road Morph.

I absolutely LOVE the color. Call it heresy, but I've never been a big fan of the Celeste color. Did I mention that I LOVE the color?

If I had to describe this bike in two words they would be: Suh Weet.
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Looks sharp!

I don't remember, but are you the guy who posted the red Bianchi a while back? For some reason I recognize the garden from that photo.
Thanks! Yep, I have a red Bianchi too.
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If I had to describe this bike in two words they would be: Suh Weet.
Thanks for the ride report and the tire clearance info. The roads are pretty bad up here in the north end of northern CA, so the extra tire width helps. My early 90's trek runs ultegra SLR calipers and clears 28c just fine, so maybe I can switch them out. My only concern is tire rub against the seatstay and/or fork with the extra width.

Frame pumps are little heavier than minipumps, but I'll always use a frame pump. They're fast, and I hate keeping riding buddies waiting while I fix a flat.

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My latest, a Nishiki Prestige of unknown year (well, unknown to me). I'm assuming '80s.



could youpost someside shots of that nishiki? I just recently acquired one of thes frames and im goin to convert it into a fixie.
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Thanks for the ride report and the tire clearance info. The roads are pretty bad up here in the north end of northern CA, so the extra tire width helps. My early 90's trek runs ultegra SLR calipers and clears 28c just fine, so maybe I can switch them out. My only concern is tire rub against the seatstay and/or fork with the extra width.

Frame pumps are little heavier than minipumps, but I'll always use a frame pump. They're fast, and I hate keeping riding buddies waiting while I fix a flat.

Thanks again.
Like I said, I'm no expert. Feel free to consult others (like the LBS).
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Here's my new road bike. I have only ridden mountain bikes. This is the first roadie I have ever owned or ridden (took my first ride today, did 50 miles, and absolutely NO issues ~ I thought for sure I'd wind up with maybe sore shoulder, back etc from riding in a different position than what I am used to), and so I am rather happy with it, and am hopeful it will be a good first road bike for me. Here's a couple pictures.


Put a Selle Italia seat on it. Very comfortable for me.



I am still so ignorant on so many things, but I'm learning as I go.
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Old 08-27-06, 10:39 PM   #3837
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Thanks! Yep, I have a red Bianchi too.
Sweet, I thought the yard seemed familiar! A stunning shot, as usual.
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Here's my new road bike. I have only ridden mountain bikes. This is the first roadie I have ever owned or ridden (took my first ride today, did 50 miles, and absolutely NO issues ~ I thought for sure I'd wind up with maybe sore shoulder, back etc from riding in a different position than what I am used to), and so I am rather happy with it, and am hopeful it will be a good first road bike for me. Here's a couple pictures.


Put a Selle Italia seat on it. Very comfortable for me.



I am still so ignorant on so many things, but I'm learning as I go.

Thats one HELLUVA first bike.
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I'm not an expert on these things, but it looks like the widest tires that will fit would be 25's or 26's. The limitation seems to be the brakes. With the little lever up there's just enogh room to get the tires out. I have 700x23's on it.
the quick-release levers allows for more clearance by lessening tension... you can lessen tension and consequently increase clearance by using the barrel adjuster and/or undoing brake cable and let some more slack out. unless its a megapurposeful race bike, it should accept up to 28c--most general road bikes do
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Old 08-28-06, 02:11 PM   #3840
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I took a couple pictures of my '05 Scattante CFR today...

Dude! That's one big picture....
Seriously, that's a cool looking bike with good components. Do you mind sharing how much you paid for it?
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Okay I'll join in, here's my rides.

My trusty riding partner:



1990 Trek 1400 - recently updated: threadless front end, carbon fiber fork, STI shifters, Flite saddle. The frame is made from Easton E9 Program tubing. She was certainly a nice bike in her day. I bought her from a friend in '92 or thereabouts 'cuz he ended up with a back problem which made cycling problematic (he must've put less than 250 miles on her at best). Anyway, it's got a 7sp 105 grouppo. Unfortunately, the backend is only 126mm which prevents me from going with a full drivetrain upgrade, but since I was mainly a mountain biker for the balance of the 90s and non-existent on the road in this century, she's pretty much nearly brand new.

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2005 Litespeed Tuscany - a lil' over a week old. Just got the pedals installed a couple days back. Full Ultegra gruppo, aside from the Mavic Equipe wheelset. I figured I was so excited to get reacquainted with my first serious love: cycling - that I celebrated in a BIG way.

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You know, I have to admit, the concept of owning TWO road bikes (let alone MORE THAN TWO), seemed pretty absurd to me . . . until I came across this place! LOL!
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could youpost someside shots of that nishiki? I just recently acquired one of thes frames and im goin to convert it into a fixie.
Sure thing, here you go:

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the quick-release levers allows for more clearance by lessening tension... you can lessen tension and consequently increase clearance by using the barrel adjuster and/or undoing brake cable and let some more slack out. unless its a megapurposeful race bike, it should accept up to 28c--most general road bikes do
There's your answer necromancer. I have Ultegra brakes. thanks for clearing that up, redfoo.
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I figured I was so excited to get reacquainted with my first serious love: cycling - that I celebrated in a BIG way.
Well, I always figure, if you're gonna celebrate, you might as well do it right! And you certainly did it right

You've got two very attractive bikes there my friend! Happy riding!
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My Current Project

Well I am getting close to finishing my Litespeed Classic so I figure I should show you guys. Let me know what you think.

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MattC your bike is lookin pretty hot...i'm hoping you post some more detailed pics in the future...
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Beauty of a bike. Do my eyes deceive, or are you quite tall?
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I am 6'2 and mostly leg. The bike is actually a tad small I need to get a 120 stem to replace that 110 on it now. I have a few rides on it and the drop seems to be fine.
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