So, I am new to road biking and just recently bought a Bianchi Via Nirone 7 with 105's. I absolutely love the bike and have already put quite a few miles on it. I am wondering what upgrades you would suggest for this bike and why. Which coonents are low quality or too heavy, etc. I wouldn't mind making the bike a little lighter and the seat is great until I hit about 30 miles and then my rear is toast.
I can't believe how much bikes have improved in the last 15 years!!!!
Right now, you've got a very nice bike. If you should start racing others and losing, then you could begin to think about upgrading. However, the best upgrade ever, is a larger and stronger muscle grouping.
If you haven't been riding much or are increasing the distances you ride, maybe give the stock saddle a little more time. Then +1 to riding lots... That way you can naturally discover what equipment you find needs upgrading which might turn out to be nothing or everything.
FWIW, a friend of mine "upgraded" from a lower spec aluminum Via Nirone to a higher spec carbon Bianchi (think it was the 928?) and a powertap but found it didn't make any difference other than giving him power numbers to log... Talking about it, he seemed to regret spending the money in retrospect.
1) Make sure the fit is correct (pics of the bike would help)
2) Ride more.
I find if a saddle hurt within the first few KMs/miles or the first hour, it won't get much better.
Sure I did find I had a "break in" period with mine, but it didn't cause pain, just slight discomfort which is more annoying than anything.
I was able to ride through it without any ill effects.
I have the same exact bike with the 105 groupset. I haven't changed anything. Just working on getting better as a rider. I purchased the 105 pedals and they are great. I'd spend the money on good pedals and good shoes for now. Carbon soles on the shoes have been a huge improvement. I've thought about upgrading the wheels but it's not worth it to me, as I ride just a couple times a week. It's a great bike with a great groupset, so just ride it hard and save the money for new tires, tubes, chains, grease, toolsets, etc.