I worked last night and as I rode home this morning I stopped by my lbs.
Yes, they had it.
They had put armadillos on it and the Profile Design Stoker Bullhorn bars, and they had put an intriquing double-screw chain tug on the dropouts.
They had not as yet installed the extra 18t sprocket, which pleased me because it gave me a chance to talk to them about the stripped lock rings discussed in another thread.
First impression: five times more beautiful than anything I could have imagined.
Pictures do not communicate the presence of this elegant little machine.
The embodiment of function.
Second impression: I don't want to use the word fragile, but Bianchi better have put each molecule of steel in exactly the right place because they didn't use any more than they absolutely needed.
I weighed 203lbs in my full flight uniform this morning, which means I probably weigh a shade under 200 in my bike clothes, and I feel BIG on this greyhound.
Third impression: light.
I know my son's aluminum road bike weighs less than the Pista, but the Pista feels lighter and moves like a bird.
I attribute much of the lightness to perception and not to real weight, but it feels sooo light.
Fourth impression: very nice finish.
I thought I would find the chrome and the big white panels gaudy, but it all not only works together, it does so much more quietly and tastefully than I thought it would.
This does not look like budget bike to me.
Ha! I imagine I sound like school kid with his first crush.
Go ahead, laugh at me.
But I feel very happy this morning.
I worried I might have made a mistake with my familly's money, but now I know I spent it well.
Thanks to everyone who took the time to share their knowledge and experience with me, the newbiest of newbies.
You steered me straight.