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Old 06-15-06, 02:23 PM
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hey bianchi advice.

ok. so i'm planning on getting a volpe at the end of the month. for starters i was gonna switch the tires out for something more slick. armadillos(sp?) most likely. also i was gonna switch the pedals out since i don't really have exprience with clip pedals and prefer to start out with cage pedals instead.


anyway that's my plan but i've been slightly drooling over the brava. however a lot of reviews and opinions i see about it, pretty much make it seem kinda cheaply made.

i will be riding to work and back as well as going on weekend rides and such.


volpe or brava? volpe or brava?
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Old 06-15-06, 04:36 PM
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I can't help you much, but I have a Volpe. I like it, but can't compare it to the Brava. I'm not riding it now because I moved up to a Felt F-35 for the simple reason that I wanted to go faster and a touring bike like the Volpe isn't light.

I did have them change the tires on the Volpe to 700x25 right away (again, for speed). Might result in a a rougher ride but it helps the speed.

Armadillos are good flat protection, but they are really heavy - except for a fairly new model (the "Elite") which, if I recall correctly, is around 255 grams.

I am now trying the new Conti tire, the 4000, which is supposed to have pretty good flat protection. I've been really pleased, though I think the ride is a bit rougher than other tires I've used, especially at max pressure. I think they actually ride faster at a little lower than max so they are the only tires I've used at less than max.

They are also very light. The 700x23 is just 205 grams. They have a version called the "skinwall" or something like that which is 200 grams. I assume the sidewall is thinner. I don't use those.

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Old 06-15-06, 10:21 PM
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sweet yeah. good tire advice.

that's part of my dilemna. i want a kind of faster bike and i know the volpe is a little heavy. i've ridden one and it seemed fine but i'm used to a big ol' 80's univega so a brand new bike just feels overall better.

i've been kinda browsing over some motobecanes too. the mirage is cool.


i dunno. i'm just a lost panda trying to find a new bike. but at least i have what i want in mind.
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Old 06-15-06, 10:44 PM
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I guess a key question is why you want the Volpe. You said you wanted to go fast and that wouldn't be the Volpe's forte since it is a touring bike.

When I bought mine, my decision was based on the following:

1. Money
2. I don't own a car so I felt I needed a bike setup to so that it can carry stuff (bags and the like - put a rear rack on it too).
3. Something lighter - I resumed riding less than a year before after a mere 36 year layoff! The bike I bought was a Trek Navigator 100 comfort bike. The weight, wider tires (I did put on narrower ones, but not like a road bike), and relatively upright position all hurt speed. I had never ridden a road style bike and was worried about whether it would be a problem for my somewhat bad back (it wasn't).
4. Didn't want to risk too much money in case it did bother my back and the shop had one my size on sale.

As it happens, I rarely went shopping with the bike - just can't carry many groceries. So I got the Felt later.

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Old 06-16-06, 12:57 AM
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yeah.

well, i don't need something that will get me 1st place or anything. but i do like to cruise at a higher speed now and then. but mainly i want to start commuting. there's a lot of hills where i live. but i've done well enough with my current ride. the volpe just appeals to me because of the price and the style.
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My wife just got a Volpe and customized it a fair bit. She's european so she turned it into a euro-commuter. It's got brooks leather wrap around a set of moustache bars, paul thumb-shifters, and a set of gorgeous fenders. She changed it from the triple up front to a single 36T since she wanted to climb local hills and didn't mind not going very fast. To her, it was more important to have just a single shifter. I gotta say, the bike is GORGEOUS and rides great. On her behalf, I can definitely recommend the Volpe to you!
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Old 06-16-06, 10:06 AM
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The Volpe is a touring bike, like others mentioned. You can put a rear rack on that will hold your stuff while getting to and from work. Throw on some fenders for those rainy days. I bought my wife a Volpe and she loves it. It is a bike you can use for all types of riding, paved, rail trails, dirt roads, etc. depending on the tires you put on it.

I have a similar bike with Top Touring tires 700x28. I cruse around at 15-18mph mostly and you should be able to do the same with that bike. It is a do-it-all type of bike but you won't win a fast paced race with it.

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> I have a similar bike with Top Touring tires 700x28. I cruse around at 15-18mph mostly and you should be able to do the same with that bike. <

Oh yeah, I should have mentioned that while my Felt is faster, it isn't all that much difference. My record speed for an all-out effort for 11 miles only improved from about 18.2 to 19.2. I'm glad to gain anything, but it isn't like a lighter bike jumps you up 3-5 mph! So the Volpe isn't going to hold anyone back appreciably.
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Old 06-16-06, 03:29 PM
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My girlfriend has a 90s model Volpe. My opinion was that she'd benefit more from a "true" road bike rather than a touring bike. I offered to buy her a road bike and she refused. She likes the Volpe too much. I guess that says something for the Volpe.
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Old 06-16-06, 06:10 PM
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yeah. i not stressing too much about weight. a little more weight isn't gonna make me pass up a good purchase. i've just heard people use the word "tank" when referring to volpes so i was a little ehhhhhhhhhhh but when i test rode one it was fine.
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