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Old 05-17-09, 07:16 AM
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I forgot to ask (yeah, I was a little star-struck ) if you could give a rundown on exactly what all it's outfitted with, as I'm not very familiar with commuting bikes in general and know little about what lights and accessories it has. And how much does it weigh as it appears in that image up top?

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Old 05-17-09, 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by ehsiung View Post
How are the superflashes mounted?
I may have to do this as well.
Stock mounting hardware on each seatstay, just above the rack mounts.

Originally Posted by Stan the Man View Post
How do you like commuting with a single speed? On my rides I use 3 out of 10 of my gears... the headwinds kill me.
I love it, but my commute is pretty flat (and the San Jose is geared for CX, not Track, with makes a big difference if I hit a headwind). If I had more hills to deal with I'd probably look for something with more gears though.

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I forgot to ask (yeah, I was a little star-struck ) if you could give a rundown on exactly what all it's outfitted with, as I'm not very familiar with commuting bikes in general and know little about what lights and accessories it has. And how much does it weigh as it appears in that image up top?
2008 Bianchi San Jose (stock except for the following):

Continental Ultra Gatorskins 700x25
Planet Bike Freddy Fenders (w/ mudflaps removed)
Nashbar Rack / Pack System
Cateye Strada Wireless
CygoLite MityCross 350
Planet Bike Super Flash (x2)
Topeak Road Morph G
Cargo Net

I purchased the pedals & bottle cage from the LBS when I got the bike; I don't know what brand they are. I've also got the standard toolkit in the bag: spare tube, patch kit, tire levers, bicycle multitool, Leatherman, etc.

I also plan to replace the brake pads with some Kool-Stops, but I haven't got around to it yet.

Weight as pictured: 27.2 pounds (according to my bathroom scale). It rolls fast though - I can cruise at about 16 MPH on the flats, and I had it up to 38 MPH () earlier today on a nice long downhill stretch.

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Old 05-17-09, 08:37 PM
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I have the 2008 Bianchi Volpe, which is just the multi-speed version of that bike. I love it, its a great multipurpose bike. I'm curious why you removed the mudflaps from the fenders and why you're replacing the saddle?

I am still riding on the stock Bianchi saddle and starting to get "taint pain" on longer (30-40mi) rides, which is strange because thats what I thought the cutout saddles were supposed to reduce. I'm new to road bikes so its hard to tell if I just need to HTFU and get used to it or if I need a new saddle, so I'm curious what your thoughts are on the stock saddle.
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Old 05-17-09, 10:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Dr_Robert View Post
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I love it, but my commute is pretty flat (and the San Jose is geared for CX, not Track, with makes a big difference if I hit a headwind). If I had more hills to deal with I'd probably look for something with more gears though.
Pardon my ignorance, but what does it mean that its designed for CX (I'm assuming cross country) and opposed to track? Is your bike fixed or does it have a free wheel?
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Old 05-18-09, 02:31 AM
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Originally Posted by PickledFetus View Post
I have the 2008 Bianchi Volpe, which is just the multi-speed version of that bike. I love it, its a great multipurpose bike. I'm curious why you removed the mudflaps from the fenders and why you're replacing the saddle?

I am still riding on the stock Bianchi saddle and starting to get "taint pain" on longer (30-40mi) rides, which is strange because thats what I thought the cutout saddles were supposed to reduce. I'm new to road bikes so its hard to tell if I just need to HTFU and get used to it or if I need a new saddle, so I'm curious what your thoughts are on the stock saddle.
My toe clips hit the front mud flap when turning, creating a potentially dangerous situation, so I removed it. I removed the rear flap for symmetry, and also because I thought it was ugly.

Saddle fit is a very personal issue - ask any 10 riders which saddle they prefer, and you'll probably get 12 different answers (at least!). I find the stock saddle uncomfortable for 10+ mile rides, so I plan to replace it with one that fits me better (Specialized Body Geometry in 143mm).

If the stock saddle is comfortable for you for shorter rides but becomes painful after 30-40 miles, I'd suggest you try a pair of padded bike shorts first. If you're not into the whole "lycra-clad whippet" look, you can always ride in mountain shorts like these.

I'm jealous of your Volpe. The San Jose is such a great bike, I'd love to have another one with gears.

Originally Posted by Stan the Man View Post
Pardon my ignorance, but what does it mean that its designed for CX (I'm assuming cross country) and opposed to track? Is your bike fixed or does it have a free wheel?
Cyclocross. It has a smaller chainring than a road / track bike, giving it lower overall gearing. This cuts down on the top speed some, but gives me a much easier gear to push when I'm going uphill / into a headwind / carrying extra weight.

The San Jose comes with a flip flop rear hub (fixed on 1 side, freewheel on the other). I run it on the freewheel side, 'cause I like to coast.

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I do have a cheap pair of padded bike shorts, although I wear them underneath some baggy athletic shorts for the protection of anyone who has to look at me from behind I was just curious if the stock Bianchi saddles were widely regarded as crappy. I think I will have to just find a shop that will let me take a few different saddles out on some longer test rides before I buy one.

I didn't realize that the San Jose came with a flip flop hub. I've been wanting to try fixed gear riding but I want to be able to coast when I feel like it. For some reason I thought the San Jose was single-speed only so I haven't really considered it. Now I'm jealous of your bike

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Old 05-18-09, 11:51 AM
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Nice. I ride SS on my commute too. Its fun. My commute is flat also. Really well done sir.
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Originally Posted by PickledFetus View Post
I didn't realize that the San Jose came with a flip flop hub. I've been wanting to try fixed gear riding but I want to be able to coast when I feel like it. For some reason I thought the San Jose was single-speed only so I haven't really considered it. Now I'm jealous of your bike
My San Jose is a couple years old. It did not come with a flip-flop hub.
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