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    Anyone else ride Bianchi Pista?

    I have had one for about six months now, my first bike in quite a while, and I love it. I wanted something to get around on, but the bulk and clunkiness of road and mountain bikes wasn't very appealing to me. The last time I really rode was when I was 14 or so (I'm 22 now); I wanted the simplicity of my old BMX, but I thought I might feel a little ridiculous riding around on one now. That is when a friend introduced me to track bikes/fixed gears. I was intrigued by the idea of being able to control my speed entirely with my legs, so I decided to pick one up.

    I got the Bianchi because it was inexpensive. At the time I had really only looked at bikes in passing at such places as Wal Mart or Target, so $500 seemed like a lot for a bike. Now I realize that I could build a crazy track bike and spend much more, but I think that would kind of go against the simple concept that I enjoy about riding a fixie. At any rate, the quality of the Pista seems very adequate for me.

    As far as riding goes, there is a lot of talk about the dangers of riding fixed, especially without brakes, and I was a little worried about this since I had not ridden fixed or otherwise in quite some time. A lot of people recommend starting out with brakes, if not using them all the time, but since the bike didn't come with one I just decided to learn the hard way. To me putting your legs into it and paying attention is the whole point anyways. Well, I now ride all around downtown Chicago and the north side on a pretty regular basis, and I am totally comfortable with no brakes. I just look ahead, and make sure not to get carried away going too fast for the conditions. (I have clipless pedals, so I can yank backward pretty hard if I have to.)

    Anyways, this is my first post here, so I guess I just wanted to introduce myself and talk about how I feel about riding and whatnot. Didn't mean for it to turn out to be so long.. Here is a picture of the bike:



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    I met a guy touring round Ireland on a Pista. Youre not him are you?

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    jason.. you don't have a volkswagen, do you?
    i ride bikes.

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    Hey.....nice Pista..... I recently picked up an old beat-up Bianchi Pista frame and am currently putting it together. Just laced up a set of track wheels a few days ago for it. All my other fixes have front brakes but I might go clean on this one. Probably start out with low gear inches so I can train my legs to do the stopping. Later.......
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    I got a Pista last week. So far so good. Some of the components seem a little cheesey, but I'm happy with it. I like that it doesn't have any bottle mounts and the rear isn't drilled so it looks more like a traditional track bike. For the money its a great buy.

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    Iíve been commuting on one for about four months and really like it. I bought the frame and fork from a local dealer and built the wheels. My only complaint is the fork is a bit too flexi but than again, it does ride well.

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    Originally posted by fore
    jason.. you don't have a volkswagen, do you?
    I have two. :thumbsup:

    -Jason

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    i thought i recognized your name. you used to (still do?) post on vwvortex, right? i used to way back in the day as well. i haven't really been there in about a year and a half, though.
    i ride bikes.

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    Jason's a VW nut.

    Pssst. Rennwagen here.
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    I have a Bianchi Pista. It is my 4th track bike, after a 70's Fuji, 70's Lejeune, 70's Legnano, and now the Bianchi. This is by far the stiffest and most upright of them all. Every mile I ride, I ride on this bike. I love it. The front end is right up under you, and it prances like a show horse in a parade. I do 4-5 hour rides on it every Sunday, so I put 2 w/b cages, pump, etc...on it. This is my second Bianchi, the first was an 81' Bianchi Superleggera. Both bikes have been handlin', prancin' machines that just seem to laugh as they're ridden.

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    anyone else ride a bianchi pista?

    jason,

    you wouldn't happen to be a student at NEIU, would you?

    i don't recognize your frame, but I've definitely seen that saddle/bullhorn combo on campus...w/ the wrapped frame, right?

    if you've ever seen a '03 pista on campus, that's me.

    randy

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    I have an 03 pista.. and i'm on vwvortex
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    Awesome Pista, Jason...

    I wouldn't be surprised if the Pista is Bianchi's most popular product, at least in the USA and UK.

    Not to derail this thread, but there seems to be a growing number of cyclists that are rebelling against more and more high-tech and expensive bikes and components. The new XTR group, for example, was probably a big yawn for everybody except the mtn bike racers.

    There is something appealing about the simplicity of a bicycle stripped down to the bare necessities, especially today with all the "you need this" advertizing hyperbole. There could also be a "bicycle as art" movememt going on, I don't know!

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