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New Bianchi L"Eroica bike, it's here!

Old 01-13-16, 05:57 PM
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New Bianchi L"Eroica bike, it's here!

I haven't seen anyone post that they had actually got one yet but mine came in today. This is how it was packed, mostly pre-assembled, with lots of bubble wrap and in a huge box! I asked my shop not to assemble it since I had planned on a few modifications during the assembly.

There were a couple of surprises in the spec; it came with clincher rims instead of tubulars (as indicated online) which is fine with me. I would have changed those right away anyway. It also came with Vittoria Zaffiro Pro tires, in 23c. After having ridden 3 L'Eroica long routes I know these are too small and will put something larger on. There is lots of clearance for a larger tire.

Overall the finish looks beautiful! Excellent paint quality, lots of shiny chrome, and all components are polished aluminum. After assembly I will take more pics with better detail. As of right now I am very pleased!!!



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This bike looks sweet. It's a good thing I just bought a new old bike or I might have been tempted, .
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I think that is just ace. You choose it, you get it, you ride it. No debate on that. Good on ya.
Er, what are your plans for the tires it came with?.....
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Old 01-13-16, 06:26 PM
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Er, what are your plans for the tires it came with?.....
I dunno, I don't ride anything with a 23c tire size. 25c is as small as I go.
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Beautiful bike
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Very cool... I'm not one of the haters. That's a sweet ride.
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Congratulations. It is fascinating and it will be nice to see more photos when you put it all together. As you say 'lots of shiny chrome' which can only be a good thing - haha.
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Very cool... I'm not one of the haters. That's a sweet ride.
I guess there will be haters, I don't know why. I've got lots of bikes, old and new, period correct and retro mods, museum quality and rat bikes. I like them all, and I ride them all (well, maybe not a couple of them)! This is my only Bianchi and it will get ridden well. That's the point to me, just go ride your bike(s)!
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Originally Posted by Oldairhead View Post
I guess there will be haters, I don't know why. I've got lots of bikes, old and new, period correct and retro mods, museum quality and rat bikes. I like them all, and I ride them all (well, maybe not a couple of them)! This is my only Bianchi and it will get ridden well. That's the point to me, just go ride your bike(s)!
Well said. Let us know your riding impressions...
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So, that's a compact with a 28?

Congrats on receiving your new bike!
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So, that's a compact with a 28?
It's a 48/36 crankset. Cassette is 13/29 10 speed.
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Real nice. I would've wanted to unpack it myself to. Enjoy the ride!
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Cool. I'm looking forward to closeups of everything.

From the Bianchi page:

10 speed Veloce 13-29. Yeah.
Dia-Compe, W-Shift levers. Are these indexed? I don't know anything about downtube shifters with 10 speed cogs.
48/36 Bianchi branded cranks. An interesting tooth choice. It looks more like vintage cranksets, instead of 50/34, I suppose.

Black cable housing? hmmm.

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Black cable housing? hmmm.
It's Campy housing but I would prefer red. Does Campy make red housing?
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That is a beautiful machine! 10 speed with D/T shifters!
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That is a beautiful machine! 10 speed with D/T shifters!
I kinda like the idea of that. I just started monkeying around with a downtube friction shifting 1x9-speed on my vintage (ahem - MIJ Ishiwata-tubed) Bianchi, and it's pretty cool. Jury is out until I get a proper chain on it, though.

The tubular/clincher mixup is a bit of head scratcher, though. You'd think the guys in marketing would be a little more in touch with people packing the boxes, but hey, its Italian, eh?
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It's Campy housing but I would prefer red. Does Campy make red housing?
Very cool bike...congrats. Yes, Campy does make red housing.
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Originally Posted by Oldairhead View Post
I guess there will be haters, I don't know why. I've got lots of bikes, old and new, period correct and retro mods, museum quality and rat bikes. I like them all, and I ride them all (well, maybe not a couple of them)! This is my only Bianchi and it will get ridden well. That's the point to me, just go ride your bike(s)!
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I really like the looks. How much does it weigh?
If I bought one and it came with clinchers, I would return it.
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I was a sceptic at first but that is a very very nice looking bike!
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Very retro with its quill stem -- reminds me of my old Vig but with DT shifters and steel fork.
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I was a sceptic at first but that is a very very nice looking bike!
Still a sceptic here, but its really only a matter what the op wants from the bike.

Not me.

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Congratulations! I had a chance to check them out in Gaiole last time I was there, and my scepticism was gone in two seconds. Very, very nice.

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Still a sceptic here, but its really only a matter what the op wants from the bike.

Not me.

Whatever winds your binder.
Most of the folks who'd really appreciate a clamp-on rear cable probably died of old age many years ago.
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