Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 11-18-08, 09:25 PM   #1
MIN 
big ring
Thread Starter
 
MIN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: philadelphia
Bikes:
Posts: 5,838
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Bianchi Milano

This bike deserves a thread. It's my wifes. 3 speed internal Nexus hubs, built in fenders, long wheelbase and kickstand. "Noah's arc" style handlebars. V-brakes. It's been trouble and noise free over the past 3 months of Philly commuting. I think it's a cool city bike and the geometry is very stable at low speed. The paint is holding up well against city lockup. Comes in a non-mixte version for doods.

MIN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-08, 09:37 PM   #2
prawza
Senior Member
 
prawza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Perth, Australia
Bikes: Avanti ventura, Fuga Track Bike
Posts: 298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
holy spokes. nice bike

does it have a moveable bottom bracket to adjust chain tension?
prawza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-18-08, 10:23 PM   #3
gospastic
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 539
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
love this bike!
gospastic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-08, 02:11 AM   #4
miahmiah
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 138
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by prawza View Post
holy spokes. nice bike

does it have a moveable bottom bracket to adjust chain tension?
Pardon me if my ignorance is showing: Moving bottom brackets actually exist?
miahmiah is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-08, 02:28 AM   #5
prawza
Senior Member
 
prawza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Perth, Australia
Bikes: Avanti ventura, Fuga Track Bike
Posts: 298
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yeah i know.
it was an actual question, I was assuming it had an eccentric bottom bracket due to the lack of track ends.
prawza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-08, 03:00 AM   #6
cc700
Ths Hipstr Kills Masheenz
 
cc700's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: seattle
Bikes: tirove
Posts: 8,551
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
they're called eccentric and they were developed a while ago but first mass produced when mtb dual suspensions started gaining traction in the market.

and yes, the milano is SWEET.

all the bianchi lower end bikes are damn nice.
cc700 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-08, 07:02 AM   #7
Mr_Christopher
insert witty comment here
 
Mr_Christopher's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Dallas Texas
Bikes: 2016 Specialized AWOL, 2011 Electra Bike Ticino, '09 Trek 7.2 FX, Peugeot UE 18
Posts: 848
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
I put a black Milano 8speed on lay away for my wife last week. Shhh don't tell her. Oh and I got her the boy frame.

Chris
Mr_Christopher is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-08, 07:38 AM   #8
MIN 
big ring
Thread Starter
 
MIN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: philadelphia
Bikes:
Posts: 5,838
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
To answer the BB question: no, it uses sliding dropouts using 15mm bolt like a track bike. The 3-speed shifting mechanism is activated with a grip shift which pushes and pulls a stiff cable into the hub via a hole in the axle.
MIN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-08, 07:54 AM   #9
sneaky viking
bum style
 
sneaky viking's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: CT
Bikes: Poprad, Fuji conversion, Quattro Assi
Posts: 664
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by cc700 View Post
and yes, the milano is SWEET.

all the bianchi lower end bikes are damn nice.
Having built a bunch of Avenues and Boardwalks last year, I can safely say their $400 hybrids are pretty much the same as everybody else's $400 hybrids, by which I mean a Shimano C102 front derailer only works as well as the time you put into it.

Milanos, on the other hand, are in a class all their own.
sneaky viking is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-08, 01:26 PM   #10
darksiderising
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Rohnert Park, CA
Bikes: Pake track, Soma DoubleCross, LeMond Etape, Maruishi RoadAce 303
Posts: 1,248
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by MIN View Post
3 speed internal Nexus hubs
I'm just being a jackash.
darksiderising is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-08, 01:45 PM   #11
MIN 
big ring
Thread Starter
 
MIN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: philadelphia
Bikes:
Posts: 5,838
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sheldon Brown approves of 3-speeds. Mechanically a single speed bike as far as the chain is concerned.
MIN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-08, 02:34 PM   #12
Editz
Senior Member
 
Editz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Eugene, Oregon
Bikes: Breezer Finesse
Posts: 187
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Too bad they don't make men's models in white anymore like my '99.

Editz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-08, 06:21 PM   #13
lwkwafi
Teaching Member
 
lwkwafi's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: State College, PA
Bikes:
Posts: 159
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by sneaky viking View Post
Having built a bunch of Avenues and Boardwalks last year, I can safely say their $400 hybrids are pretty much the same as everybody else's $400 hybrids, by which I mean a Shimano C102 front derailer only works as well as the time you put into it.

Milanos, on the other hand, are in a class all their own.
The change over to Shimano components on the Avenues sucked. Such a crappy derailleur compared to the previous SRAM, which had some trimming abilities and didn't cause interference when trying to attach fenders.

And I like the Black Milanos. But the whole internal gear talk has me thinking of putting one on my San Jose.
lwkwafi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-08, 01:57 AM   #14
NotSoProjectPat
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Palm Beach County, Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 182
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by MIN View Post
Sheldon Brown approves of 3-speeds. Mechanically a single speed bike as far as the chain is concerned.
as long as its an internal 3 speed
NotSoProjectPat is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:54 PM.