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Old 05-14-09, 12:31 PM
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Bianchi San Jose (pics)

It still needs a new saddle, and I need to pick up a couple of 15mm wrenches to toss in my toolbag. Other than that, I think it's finally done.

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Old 05-14-09, 01:11 PM
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Looks like a nice ride.

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now that is a sweet (and speedy!) commuter rig!

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Old 05-14-09, 04:53 PM
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Looks nice! That rig should turn a few heads in Columbus!
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Very nice. I had a San Jose a few years ago, but it only lasted a summer until it was stolen. Hope you have better luck than I!
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Old 05-14-09, 05:45 PM
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Nice looking bike! Columbus is nice and flat to tear around in, too. That's going to be some fun.

A hint about your front fender: You'll catch a lot of road spray with the leading edge up high off the tire like that. I had the same problem with my Cross Check, because that hanger mount isn't long enough to cover the gap they leave for large tire clearance. Go to the hardware store and get a piece of 1/16" strip steel (usually over with all the deck joiners and such) and make a little extender to get that fender down close to the tire. It helped me tons this winter.
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What kind of crankset is that?
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Old 05-14-09, 08:49 PM
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Shwinggggg!! Love it.
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I have the same bike rolling on 32mm Schwalbe Marathons. I've thought about putting Gatorskins on it like on my other bikes. How are you liking it with the Contis?

The cranks are probably Sugino XD w/42T ring if stock. It also has a bash ring since it's marketed as a cyclocross bike.

Oh, and keep the saddle. It's...well, unique. I have had some interesting comments about it.

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Old 05-14-09, 09:01 PM
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hubcap, I had some gatorskins for a few weeks before my bike was ripped off. They kind of seemed like overkill - sacrificed a lot in ride quality for the cast-iron flat protection. Then again if I were in a place bad for flats, it wouldn't be overkill at all!
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Really nice looking bike. I have a Volpe, which I think is the same frame and it is a really nice ride.

However, the rack... man... what is it? I wouldn't carry a sandwich on that.
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Good choice of pump, but buy some red Loctite and use it on the bolt that holds the flip out foot pad. Both mine and a friend's fell off and were lost.
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Thanks for all the comments. I originally purchased the bike to get in on the whole FF/SS thing, but it's so well suited to commuting that I re-tasked it almost immediately. It's even got a trailer hitch so I can tow my daughter around on the MUP.

Originally Posted by FZ1Tom View Post
now that is a sweet (and speedy!) commuter rig!
I'm not prepared to call it speedy just yet... I need to shave a few kilos off of the engine first.

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Very nice. I had a San Jose a few years ago, but it only lasted a summer until it was stolen. Hope you have better luck than I!
Sorry to hear that. I shouldn't have trouble though - it never gets left outside unattended.

Originally Posted by CliftonGK1 View Post
A hint about your front fender: You'll catch a lot of road spray with the leading edge up high off the tire like that. I had the same problem with my Cross Check, because that hanger mount isn't long enough to cover the gap they leave for large tire clearance. Go to the hardware store and get a piece of 1/16" strip steel (usually over with all the deck joiners and such) and make a little extender to get that fender down close to the tire. It helped me tons this winter.
Great idea, thanks.

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What kind of crankset is that?
Hubcap got it: Sugino (stock).

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I have the same bike rolling on 32mm Schwalbe Marathons. I've thought about putting Gatorskins on it like on my other bikes. How are you liking it with the Contis?

Oh, and keep the saddle. It's...well, unique. I have had some interesting comments about it.
The Conti's are 25mm's (I'm thinking of trying 28's though). They're a little rough unless I'm on smooth pavement (about half my commute), but I'm willing to sacrifice some ride quality for flat protection. I still have the pump & a spare tube, obviously, but I hate changing flats on the side of the road.

My saddle doesn't have the animal print, it's just a rather boring (and slightly uncomfortable) black. I'm probably going to swap it for a 143mm Specialized Avatar or Alias. I have a Toupe in the same size on my road bike and I love it.

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However, the rack... man... what is it? I wouldn't carry a sandwich on that.
Fortunately, that's about all I'll have to carry on it. The only thing I take to work with me is my lunch.

It's something I picked up from Nashbar a couple years ago, in case I ever had a use for it. It's really not a bad rack, but you're right, I wouldn't trust it to carry any serious weight.

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Good choice of pump, but buy some red Loctite and use it on the bolt that holds the flip out foot pad. Both mine and a friend's fell off and were lost.
I've got some Loctite somewhere. I'll make a point to do that this weekend, thanks.

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Old 05-15-09, 06:00 AM
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Looks very nice but functional.
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Nice bike! Double superflashes in back - nice.
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Nice bike! Double superflashes in back - nice.
+1

How are the superflashes mounted?
I may have to do this as well.
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Old 05-16-09, 04:36 AM
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looks like he used the stock hardware that comes with the superflashes. if I remember correctly you get 2 mounting clamps for different sized diameter tubes
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looks like he used the stock hardware that comes with the superflashes. if I remember correctly you get 2 mounting clamps for different sized diameter tubes
Yes, I think you're right. I should have looked at it a bit closer.
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Fellow san jose owner, I'm going to disagree with you, that you don't need a new saddle. I'm still rocking the stock with the leopard print and i love it.

Also have you thought about a new stem, or flipping the current one? The only thing I really disliked about my san jose was the stock stem and its angle.
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I don't think San Joses come w/ the leopard print anymore
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Cute bike. Is she single?
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I don't think San Joses come w/ the leopard print anymore
What a tragedy, good thing I still have mine!
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I just switched from cyclocross to city commuter tires. The 42 size is just perfect for the Bianchi San Jose. Rolls smooth and fast!
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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.
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