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Old 03-08-06, 11:14 AM   #1
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Bianchi San Jose fixed conversion

This biek looks cool. I know it comes as a single speed but not fixed. Anyone know about converting it? Anyone know anything about this bike? Anyone care?
http://www.bianchiusa.com/06_san_jose.html
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It is a SS track frame. You don't have to convert isht. If the hub is free/fixed then just flip it over. If not get a cheap track wheel.
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Anyone know about converting it? Anyone know anything about this bike? Anyone care?
Converting is as easy as getting a new rear wheel. Done.

There's been threads about it, do use the search. Personally, I don't care for it much. Seems like a good option for those who don't like the aggressive track position. Too bad it doesn't come with a flip-flop.
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For the same price you could just get a pista...
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For the same price you could just get a pista...
Yeah, but the San Jose is a very different (and cooler IMO) bike. The best viable alternative is an IRO Rob Roy, which is fixed-friendly out of the box for $599, vs about $530 street for the San Jose.

A cool shop might be friendly to a wheel upgrade at the time of purchase.
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For the same price you could just get a pista...
this way it comes with brakes and isnt chrome or puke green
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I'm just saying.. I wouldn't want either of them.
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It does not come with a flip flop hub, unfortunately, but I've got a set of hubs on order (supposed to be here today!), so I should be running fixed within a week.

I'll let you know how it goes.
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For the same price you could just get a pista...
some people care about geometry.
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I know. And I prefer track geometry, yay me. I'm not saying the San Jose is worse than the Pista, just that its another option for the same price that the OP might not have noticed, thats all.
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For the same price you could just get a pista...
There are a couple of disadvantages to this approach; the biggest one being that you have to be seen riding a Pista! I am looking for a bike to ride o'er gravel or rough terrain or snow. This one looks pretty decent for the job.
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In case someone is looking for one

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the worst thing about bikes like that, in my opinion, is road drops and riser stems. ugly and a pain in the ass. easily foxed, though.
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the worst thing about bikes like that, in my opinion, is road drops and riser stems. ugly and a pain in the ass.
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the worst thing about bikes like that, in my opinion, is road drops and threadless stems. ugly and a pain in the ass. easily foxed, though.
fixed it for you.
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hmmm, i thought you meant typing "foxed" instead of "fixed". i dunno, threadless isn't choice, but i just don't like the riding angle you get off of a riser stem. but yeah, threadless in general isn't pretty. sucks i have one.

as far as the road drops, i don't like the look as much as track drops, but the hand positions also don't suit me unless there are brake hoods to use.
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but it's threadless
just flip it over and it's no longer a "riser" stem
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