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Bianchi vs Look and pedal question

Old 08-17-07, 12:40 PM
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Bianchi vs Look and pedal question

So I am currently looking at 3 bikes, the Bianchi Via Narone, the Look Origin 555 and the Specialized Roubaix Elite. The Roubaix gets pretty good feedback from almost everyone, being new to road biking I am looking for something along those lines, i.e. less aggressive on both handling and posture.

While the Roubaix does well, it's a Specialized and I want to get something a little more unique. A LBS has some good deals on the Bianchi and Look Origin and currently I'm leaning towards the Origin even though I havn't ridden it. Just wanted to get feedback from people who may have either of these (Bianchi/LOOK) bikes to help me decide which way to go.

I also need to get pedals with the bike, can someone suggest a decent brand/model that wont break the bank, <$150 for the pair would be excellent. I use Shimano's on my mountain bike but there are so many variants for the road bikes it's driving me nuts, suggestions would be appreciated. Ideally I would prefer that I could clip in on either side of the pedal, I realize some are single side clip-ons only.
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Old 08-17-07, 12:47 PM
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I think the look comes with look pedals. Regardless, you should ride it first before you buy it.
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Old 08-17-07, 12:56 PM
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I don't know that much about the Via Narone, but for more bucks the all carbon 928 is pretty sweet:
https://www.bicycling.com/article/1,6...5846-1,00.html

I really like this bike, but with my long legs and short torso I just couldn't get fully comfortable on it.


For pedals, why not stick with your Shimano's? I run Speedplay Frogs on my road bike: they're two-sided, have lots of float, and are easy to get in/out of. Road shoes are great until you get off the bike. The only thing worse is a fish out of water, IMHO.
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Old 08-17-07, 01:38 PM
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I've got a via nirone- i really like it, my main reason for choosing was that i wanted a bianchi though...
it came with look pedals- really ****ty ones (3.1s) i would advise getting some shimano spd-sls because the cleats will ware less fast than my look ones have apparently.

in the end you should ride all three and get whats comfortable, fits best...seems right, good luck!
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Old 08-17-07, 01:47 PM
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Get the LOOK.
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Old 08-17-07, 03:33 PM
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I ride a Bianchi, though not the model you're looking at. Bianchi really isn't all that unique. Ride the Specialized and the LOOK. Then, buy the LOOK and slap some Speedplay Zero pedals on it.
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Old 08-17-07, 07:50 PM
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Get the Look

AND the Bianchi !!

Seriously though, I have a Bianchi ML3 and a Look 461 . . . they're both great bikes. If you're looking for something with a "smooth" ride like the Roubaix . . . go for the Look.
Ride them all and take it from there.
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Old 08-17-07, 08:15 PM
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I have a Via Nirone, love it, because it does what its supposed to, keeps me comfortable and keeps pace. I've raced with it...performed fine. To tell you the truth, I don't have anything to compare it to, so...

...for sh*ts and giggles...get the LOOK.
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Old 08-17-07, 10:31 PM
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lol, thanks all...I'm headed in to the LBS tomorrow to ride em and hopefully pick one if it fits me...gonna be hard to sleep tonight :-)
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