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    Bianchi Pista, KHS Flite 100, or a Langster?

    Which one people? I am trying to decide....help me out if you can... What do you think would be a better commuter bike... The only one I have not ridden is the Bianchi.

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    Pista.
    Of the three, Pista hands down

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    I like the Raleigh Rush Hour too! It seems like that should be on your list as well as the IRO Mark V.

    IRO always gets the most votes whenever anyone asks such a question on here though. so perhaps it doesn't matter WHAT is on your list Still I would ride the Raleigh, and the Bianchi if you can.

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    Pista is the only one with true track geometry. Not important if you're commuting, but you are buying a track bike.

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    Depending on the size frame you get, you're going to have toe overlap with the Pista and the KHS. Not sure if you care...

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    fwiw i have a 53 pista w/ 165 and a fork w/ less trail than the stock. no overlap.

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    heh, like that info would fit here...
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    *snide comment here*

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiebrannan
    fwiw i have a 53 pista w/ 165 and a fork w/ less trail than the stock. no overlap.
    more rake?

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    go by color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiebrannan
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    you sure? the stock bianchi fork has 28 degrees of rake.
    that colnago looks more like 40. it is a hot fork though.

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    i have a pista with stock rake and no toe overlap. pista is ok for commuting but it has track geometry so that is basically why i went with it.

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    IRO's wheelset is better than the stock wheelset on those bikes, it seems.

    I know a guy who's had a pista for a bit over a year. the wheels started to self destruct, breaking spokes and whatnot, while it was in his garage.
    the hipster myth.

    i practice vagabondery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jayrooney
    you sure? the stock bianchi fork has 28 degrees of rake.
    that colnago looks more like 40. it is a hot fork though.

    jay you may be right, though i believe the colnago fork appears more raked because it's straight and therefore set at a slacker angle than the headtube, whereas the stock fork continues at the same angle before kicking out.

    pretty hard to say, i guess, and i don't own a protractor. the tire is about 2cm from the downtube.

    i do know that on the 55 with 170 i had overlap with this fork; 165 changed that

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiebrannan
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    less trail = more rake

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    IRO, great all around bike. awsome commuter and can still be used for the track. better looking, imo, than the pista and better wheels. Plus Tony runs a great company is a great guy to do business with.

    Soooo... yeah anothe vote for IRO.

    Any reason it's not on your list?
    "Oh, I see. Running away, eh? You yellow bastard. Come back here and take what's coming to you. I'll bite your legs off."

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    Quote Originally Posted by baxtefer
    less trail = more rake

    explain

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    What about a Soma Rush or Plake or a Surly Steamroller?

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    What is toe overlap?

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    when you hit your toe/pedal with your front wheel when turning it
    t.h.r.

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    imagine yourself on the bike, your left foot is forward, you try to turn right the wheel bangs into your foot.

    this is an issue with track bikes because they're not designed for sharp turns, and their wheelbases are very short

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddiebrannan
    explain
    http://www.phred.org/~josh/bike/trail.html
    From Craig's List: IF its a singlespeed that means----all the other parts are broken cut off and dumped...dont buy singlespeeds, the bikes will make your balls fall off

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    cheers

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    the rush hour has almost exactly the same geometry as the pista

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