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Bianchi San Remo vs. Lemond Tourmalet

Old 07-11-17, 06:52 AM
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Bianchi San Remo vs. Lemond Tourmalet

This is a "this or that" plus a "what's it worth" question.

I'd like to get my first road bike in 30 years, but my budget is small.

So.... I've been scouring local CL. It's tough to find the right size, within a workable distance to drive, with drifters in budget.

My goal is to use this mainly for exercise (I have a hybrid I'm riding now), maybe doing 20-24 miles about 3X/week, but also to try and bike with other people on road bikes. My hybrid is too slow on hills to keep up.

I have two options that are listed right now that are interesting:
  • 2001 Lemond Tourmalet - pulled out of storage and in need of a tune up, asking $350 (all original equipment except for the saddle and peddles)
  • '90s era Bianchi San Remo - has had some recent work, asking $600 - see updates below


The Bianchi has been updated, with
-New Bontrager R2 700x25c tires
-New Bontrager Montrose Saddle
-New Wellgo Resin/Metal flat pedals
-New Bontrager Cork handelbar tape
-A slightly used Mavic CXP rear wheel (original popping spokes)
-Full tune up with hubs/BB/headset bearings adjusted with a frame polish

Which option for my purposes do you think would be better (let's assume they both are fits size and comfort wise, which is TBD), and any helps on pricing?

(or maybe the answer is neither -- and keep looking)

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Old 07-11-17, 07:48 AM
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Old 07-11-17, 07:58 AM
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This is the San Remo listing

boston.craigslist.org/bmw/bik/6214025941.html

Lemond is here:
boston.craigslist.org/gbs/bik/6214300194.html

There are not my listings, lol (just to be clear). These are bikes I'm considering buying. I only mention this because I'm so new here, I got a kick-back saying I'm not allowed to post URLs, so you'll need to copy and paste that text
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Unless you plan on riding gravel roads with larger tires get the Lemond. The Bianchi has canto brakes that will allow you to run larger tires, but the Tiagra groupset on the Lemond is a step up from the Mirage on the Bianchi. At almost half the price it is a way better deal. Plus it looks to be in better condition.

The Lemond may have a longer top tube, most Lemonds do, so you may want to test ride both for fit even though they are within a cm of each other.
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Geometry is different on both bikes. LeMond has a tighter rear triangle, which puts it more toward the racing/handling/twitchy steering end. Bianchi has a more relaxed rear triangle, so perhaps not as responsive steering, more relaxed ride, leaning toward stability instead of cutting fast through corners. You might want to consider which riding type better suits your needs - racing geometry vs. relaxed geometry. It's not that one is better than the other, just different.

I completely don't get what the Bianchi seller is saying about 58cm being an extra large. Huh? If I were selling this bike, my suggested rider height would be 5'8 - 5'11, not 5'10 - 6'4. So you might want to clarify the actual Bianchi frame size to make sure the seller is measuring it correctly.
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