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Old 03-13-11, 09:06 AM   #1
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Talk me into or out of it

Went into a new (to me) LBS yesterday to see if they had some dark brown cork for my newest bike.

I noticed that they had some preowned bikes and that they also had a couple of track bikes on the floor. One was a nice Bianchi fixed gear going for around $900 or so. I oogled it and kept going.

Struck up a conversation with the owner and when he learned that I enjoy FG/SS bikes he asked if I noticed the Pista in the front of the store. I said no and he went up to show me. The bike is a Bianchi Pista in chrome and has been heavily modified. The bottom bracket is Chris King, the cranks Omniums, the wheels are Arayas, kind of a golden brown color, not original to the bike. Anyways it is in great shape and the guy who owns it is wanting to get $600 for it, but will probably accept less according to the shop owner. The shop is selling it for the guy because he just bought a more expensive Bianchi from them.

If I could get it for 5 bills or a little more, that would seem like an awesome deal. I would gladly sell a couple of the bikes that I own to help pay for it.

What would you do?
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Old 03-13-11, 09:08 AM   #2
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do what makes you happy bro.
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Personally, I'd pass because I don't like steel Pistas but $500ish seems like a decent price.
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Old 03-13-11, 09:11 AM   #4
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I'd do it.
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If you can get it for $500, then yeah, thats a good deal. I wouldn't go much higher for that bike even with the upgrades.
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If you like it, buy it.
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if it was a kilo frame everyone would be sporting wood...

thats a good buy
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if it was a kilo frame everyone would be sporting wood...
Not necessarily.
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But does it fit?
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^ +1. If it does fit, id probably drop 500 on it if i needed a new bike.
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do it, if you want a chrome pista.
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That's a good deal; but the question is do you personally want a steel pista?
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What's wrong with a steel pista? I used to ride one and it was just fine.
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What's wrong with a steel pista?
Nothing.

There's nothing wrong with broccoli either, I just don't particularly care for it.
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dont knock it. its very nutrient dense.
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Nothing.

There's nothing wrong with broccoli either, I just don't particularly care for it.
I love broccoli.

$500 for a Pista with those upgrades is a good price, provided everything is in solid condition. The Pista isn't my cup of tea, but if I was into it and if I was in the market for another bike, I'd probably jump on that.
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I like steel Bianchi Pistas, especially 2009 and earlier frames.

Great bike with great handling.

I'd like to know more about the Araya wheels.

Which hubs?

Cog?

If not too beat up, and if you like it, it sounds like a super bargain for the price.
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I always like chrome bikes. If I had the money and it fits I'd go for it. Sounds like a good deal with some nice parts.
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Thanks for the input. Yes, it fits me. I love the look of the chrome and it is in mint condition. The bike looks hardly ridden. It has crome track drops with red leather tape, but I'd replace those with something more comfortable to me. The back can't handle low drops any more, but they are beautiful. We'll see. I've got a couple of my bikes listed right now and if they sell and I can come up with the scratch, I probably will try to make a deal for it.

Again, thanks for the comments. Nice to know some have had good luck with them.
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king bb and omniums are probably worth 300 to me even used, plus those wheels sound good- the bronze arayas are not available anymore. hell, i'd buy it, then buy a visp or leader, swap all the parts over, see if i could flip the frameset for 1 or two bills and then have a really ****ing awesome visp or leader.
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Ive seen the frame set retailing for $450, just in case!
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Ive seen the frame set retailing for $450, just in case!
what no big type, bold, or red? Slipping brah...
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There's nothing wrong with broccoli either, I just don't particularly care for it.


Wait, I already know you don't like Pistas or broccolis but still...SHAME ON YOU.


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the cat is getting old...
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You're right, brah...
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