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    2009 Bianchi Pista or 2010 Fuji Feather?

    Hey guys, this is my first post. I'm new to the forums but I read from the forum quite frequently. So hello these are the links to the most recent versions my LBS carries:

    2009 Bianchi Pista info
    2010 Fuji Feather info

    I sold my dear old conversion because it was a little big for me and it was really heavy. The frame was 55cm and I fit 51cm.
    With that said, I'm looking to buying a decent bike to continue commuting, riding, and some tricks (I don't skid too often). These 2 are the bikes I have narrowed my search down to. I only initially plan to change any inexpensive parts and possibly the crankset and spokes if I really don't like the ratio.

    Which of these are better in the long run, parts-wise? They are about the same weight too, so I don't think I have anything to worry about that, right? After riding a 30-40lbs vintage Schwinn, I think 20 lbs will be nothing (you don't really notice the difference between like 19-21lbs right?). I also plan to install a front brake to avoid tickets (thankful I avoided a few hundred) and I don't think either of them come with brakes.
    I also haven't used toe clips yet so I'm not sure if I got the Pista if I would install clips, making the Fuji lose a pro. I've been clipless for the 11 years I've been riding! Recently a lot of my friends keep telling me to get clips.

    I do plan to build from the bike gradually because it would be smarter money-wise, so I don't necessarily plan on keeping stock parts I just plan to keep "most" of the stock parts for a few months.

    Random question: do you think these bikes will fit in a Honda Civic, seat pushed down (put in trunk with the seats pushed down)? I used to fit my 55cm conversion in there if I did it just right, but at times it was incredibly difficult! I plan to drive, park, then bike a distance to campus (since parking sucks at CSUF) to avoid hefty permit fees and spending a ridiculous amount of time to find a parking spot. Or should I get a rack?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StanthemanTran View Post
    Random question: do you think these bikes will fit in a Honda Civic, seat pushed down (put in trunk with the seats pushed down)? I used to fit my 55cm conversion in there if I did it just right, but at times it was incredibly difficult!
    It's probably difficult with any bicycle, but the weight-difference should make it easier. If you got the old bike into the car, my guess is you'll get either of those two in there also.

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    are there any windsor hours in stock in your size? You can bar spin a 700 with the right set up and it is very similar to the fuji geo wise. but then again i'm guessing you might be going for looks as well?

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    Both of those bikes are fine, and the specs are pretty much the same. It's just a question of which one you want. (Somebody here was complaining the other day that there were too many Pistas where he was, so if you want to be unique, it might not be a good choice, but that chrome frame is beautiful.)

    You don't really need to swap out any parts either. I'd ride them until they break or until you can trade them for something else.

    They will fit in your car. You may need to take off the front wheel, but they should fit.

    Just make sure you get a tough u-lock and a cable lock to lock your frame and wheelset, or better still, 2 u-locks. otherwise that bike will be gone in a heartbeat. A new fixie on a college campus in CA is a high value target. (I'd almost be tempted to go with something used, or one of the online cheapies for commuting purposes.)

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    No Windsor locally. I'd rather not purchase online for something like a bike, you know?

    I'm not entirely concerned with the aesthetics but as an aesthetically driven college student, I would definitely consider the looks (definitely not over quality though). Fuji has the plain, "modern-vintage" feel like American Apparel. Bianchi has the timeless look (but not my personal preference), but the Chrome makes up for the brand name being hurled all over the frame.

    I guess when I try out the Fuji I'll make my choice... I'm incredibly scared about getting a Pista for that exact reasons that bigvegan mentioned about a "new fixie on a college fampus in CA". I'm surprised by the increasing amount of fixie riders out here. I even get nasty looks when a group of riders pass by sometimes.
    I'm somewhat torn on the Fuji's 46-15 or Pista's 48-16...

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    Personally, I'd go for the Fuji.

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    quill stems are a pain, they look nice, though.

    i can fit my 53 cm IRO in the backseat of my honda accord just fine. its an older accord and i think the accord is bigger than the civic anyway.

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    I would go with fuji,



    cause its cooler

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    i take it you mean fullerton. if so http://losangeles.craigslist.org/lgb...524357402.html
    im in hb. and might be able to arrange for a trial ride for a 49 windsor if you would like. at least i think its a 49.

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    no real reason to reply to this thread other than to post up my '76 fuji feather, made in japan for japan only, apparently.
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    dope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norskagent View Post
    no real reason to reply to this thread other than to post up my '76 fuji feather, made in japan for japan only, apparently.
    It's too bad both of your bike choices are made in Taiwan....


    @ norskagent nice bike

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    If I didn't already have a 2008 Pista (51cm), I would still buy it all over again. It’s a great bike and the company is great to work with if by some chance something should happen (warranty that is.)
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