Thread: Bianchi Volpe
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Old 03-26-12, 07:24 PM
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I'm back. You guys talked me into it. A few weeks ago, I put the Volpe on the stand with a feeling of dread, since it had been badly neglected. It turned out that the only thing it really needed was lubrication. Now I've replaced the rear tire and the pedals.

And this bike is amazing. What the heck? What makes this bike so good? It wasn't expensive, even when it was new. This is now my all-purpose bike. I've been riding it over all kinds of roads. I've ridden it at high speed and done stupid things like look backwards while going over terrible potholes. The bike just keeps on going. It is definitely lighter than a Cross Check, and the Bianchi is even larger than the Cross Check.

(In case you didn't notice, I mentioned in another thread that I got my stolen Cross Check back.)

I'm probably going to put fenders on this bike and some sort of bag or rack for carrying stuff. The brakes aren't awesome enough, but I can remedy that by cleaning the rims or changing the brake shoes.
Tom Reingold,
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