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Old 08-22-05, 01:17 PM   #1
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worth the price? ebay Pista, $650 with extras

If I buy this, it will be my third bike this year. I originally bought a Specialized Expidition comfort bike to commute, then I wanted a road bike so I bought a steel 80's Miele, with 6 speed full Shimano 105.

Now I want a fixie! This one on eBay looks fantastic, but I wonder if it's a good deal..

http://cgi.ebay.com/BIANCHI-PISTA-Tr...QQcmdZViewItem

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Old 08-22-05, 01:29 PM   #2
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i'd definitely say it's a good deal with all his upgrades.
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Old 08-22-05, 01:36 PM   #3
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Ok I'll be honest. I know it's a good deal because I can add up the cost of the components

I'm just trying to justify it to myself, since I have a bike already (although it's geared, not fixed) - although, my bike is old... but in good shape...

I use my bike for commuting. Talk me out of buying this! (I mean, talk me into buying this!)
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Old 08-22-05, 01:41 PM   #4
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ummmm,
but it now!
do it!
right this second!
you'll love it!
do it!
you'll regret it if you don't!
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fyi, a shimano 105 brake is definitely not $100. It's more like $40. Perhaps his LBS fleeced him. I don't know what those other parts would cost, but his brake price makes me a little dubious...

**EDIT** okay, I should have checked before I opened my mouth..sorry. The caliper goes for $60, so if he ended up getting some higher end levers, then it could have ended up costing around $100. My apologies to the seller if by some chance he comes to view this thread...

** NO! WAIT!! DOUBLE EDIT ***
Pass me the asshat, I was right in the first place. When I price-checked, I failed to notice the 105 brake calipers are sold as a pair for 60 bones. Therefore, one would only cost 30 (unless he has front and back on there, which I don't recall).

The prosecution rests.

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Old 08-22-05, 02:13 PM   #6
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I bought the same seat for $25 on ebay. Bought new 105 brake for $30 at the LBS. I have no idea about that fork, but used carbon scares me (I say this even though I have a Rev X I bought cheap off of ebay. Only buy it if its how you'd set up the bike. Otherwise you could buy a stock pista and buy stuff YOU want.
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Old 08-22-05, 02:21 PM   #7
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I'm 210 lbs, 6'1". Too fat for carbon anything?
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Old 08-22-05, 02:24 PM   #8
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not at all
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Old 08-22-05, 04:14 PM   #9
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Seems to me that you could just buy a new Pista.. What do you need all the extra stuff for?
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Old 08-22-05, 04:27 PM   #10
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I dunno, for the 1100 dollars he has spent he's chosen some pretty bizarre parts to upgrade... weird to have done all this for the 30 miles he's ridden on it. Doesn't seem completely unreasonable but I'd have to agree with jason.
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Old 08-22-05, 06:09 PM   #11
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I'm 210 lbs, 6'1". Too fat for carbon anything?
im the same hieght but 225. I run a CF fork with AL steerer and never had a prob.
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he's chosen some pretty bizarre parts to upgrade... weird to have done all this for the 30 miles he's ridden on it
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Well, I bought it - my first fixie!!!

I am so excited. I haven't ridden a fixed gear bike since I was about 10 years old. I'm a little nervous - this bike has a front brake and I know I can stop the bike with my legs, but is it like... intuitive?

Haha, I guess I should have test ridden these things first. I am so impulsive! This is my third bike purchase this year! Am I crazy?

Now my geared, lugged cro-moly frame Miele is gonna hate me...
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Did you by this bike? Yes, a great deal with the upgrades but unless you are 6'2 this bike is too big for you. Most will ride their fixie a size smaller than their road frame. I am 5'10 and very very comfortable on the 2005 pista 53cm. I test rode the 55 and 53 and felt alot better on the 53. Also, with the full steel frame you really don't need the carbon fork on this bike (won't hurt, of course)--I ride rough roads on my 10 mile commute to work without any discomfort. Lastly, by the end of september, or first week or so of October, the 2006 pista will be out. Many places sell it for $500. They don't tend to change much--maybe they will do something cool with the color like throw some of that great celeste green on that shiny frame.

Take care,

Adam

BY the way--you can never have too many bikes---and at some point having a pista is great. Track bikes are great for commuting as it gives you a couple of extra miles a week to keep you going on the days you can't ride--riding it all over Denver has actually added alot of strength to my road climbing.
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Old 08-24-05, 01:43 PM   #17
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yep, I bought it.

I'm 6'1". Geez, I hope it fits! I'll report back. I'll take nice pics when I get it
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it'll fit fine. i'm 5-9 and have a 55. i'd probably do slightly better with a 53 but i got mine used and cheap, and it's fine for me
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I'm 6'1" and I rode a 59cm Pista for a while no problem. Went to a 57cm KHS and it felt slightly too small, that is what I wanted though as I jump on and off a lot. You should be fine with the 57cm.
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I got the bike in.

Man o man, is it sweeeet... I'll post some pics when I get home. I haven't ridden it yet, since none of the THREE sets of pedals it came with fit my SPD-SL cleats. Haha.. so I have some pedals coming in. When I get home I'll probably give in and throw the clipped pedals on there just to take it for a spin.

I am struck by the beauty of its simplicity. If only the steel frame was lugged, it would be perfect, from an aesthetic point of view... oh man, I think I'm gonna get hooked...
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you got a decent deal. I bought one last year and with the front brake, dual (for balance, who knows?) brake levers, and an 18t cog I paid $625 out the door. I'd a been real happy to get a carbon fork for that amount. the only thing that truely sucks on the bike is the headset, but then again you got a light that blinks.
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