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Under the Tuscan Sun

Old 07-29-10, 07:47 PM
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Awesome post. Very inspiring. I'm planning on doing something like this with my girlfriend (and our bikes!).
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Old 07-29-10, 08:06 PM
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Beautiful pics as always botto, thanks for sharing.

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Old 07-29-10, 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by chasm54 View Post
Tuscany is fantastic, isn't it? Siena is one of my favourite places on the planet, but Lucca is charming too. And Italy is full of wiry old guys with a gazillion miles in their legs who can still sprint up hills and make me feel that the best is yet to come. Fabulous. Great pics, too.
have yet to make it to sienna, but it's on my to do list.
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Old 07-30-10, 06:07 AM
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Sweet trip. I must have missed the food pics, though...
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Old 07-30-10, 06:12 AM
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Originally Posted by Namenda View Post
Sweet trip. I must have missed the food pics, though...
didn't take any. home cooking, hosts, camera, lighting... etc.
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Old 07-30-10, 06:56 AM
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What beautiful photos! I was just in Lucca, staying nearby, in May/June and this really takes me back. I spent 10-15 minutes talking to the owner of that bike shop that you mentioned (Poli), and it was very interesting hearing about how it's been in his family for several generations. I'm not sure if you wandered around inside, but he has some wonderful pictures on the wall, and for the kit aficionado, there is an entire (large) room with pro kits of all sizes for sale. One of the coolest bike shops I've ever been in, to be honest.

Ma è sicuramente un bel posto, Lucca.
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Old 07-30-10, 07:52 AM
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Beautiful photos (as always) Botto. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-30-10, 08:47 AM
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Nice one.
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Old 07-30-10, 08:59 AM
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Wow. Lovely photos and narration.
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Old 07-30-10, 09:05 AM
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Nice. No shots of you and the bike? What bike did he "happen to have"?
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this is the only (iphone) pic i have of the bike i rode. it's the one in the back.

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Old 07-30-10, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post


The Lucchese keep it simple.
This is a great shot.
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Old 07-30-10, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by botto View Post
this is the only (iphone) pic i have of the bike i rode. it's the one in the back.

I'm so jealous. What a great trip that must have been. Thanks for sharing.
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Originally Posted by scotch View Post
This is a great shot.
Agreed. We were in Tuscany this summer too (my pics weren't nearly as nice so I didn't bother posting). We made a day trip to Lucca and after lunch we were enjoying a gelato on the steps of a church and playing the old car color game but with bikes. Black always won.

I went expecting fleets of vintage Columbus tubed racing bikes, but 95% of the bikes I saw were Dutch-style city bikes. Which was really cool in its own way.
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Old 07-31-10, 01:36 AM
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Originally Posted by scotch View Post
This is a great shot.
cheers.

Originally Posted by caloso View Post
Agreed. We were in Tuscany this summer too (my pics weren't nearly as nice so I didn't bother posting). We made a day trip to Lucca and after lunch we were enjoying a gelato on the steps of a church and playing the old car color game but with bikes. Black always won.

I went expecting fleets of vintage Columbus tubed racing bikes, but 95% of the bikes I saw were Dutch-style city bikes. Which was really cool in its own way.
same.

should have taken a pic of the bike i used to get into, and around, town: a brompton.
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You should set up a BF bike rental. I'd make a trip over there if I knew a nice bike and local rider knowledge was waiting for me. Wife is always bugging me to travel and that would be the push I need.
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Old 07-31-10, 10:50 AM
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I really enjoyed your photos. Some breathtaking scenery there. Thanks for posting.
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Completamente buono. Ringraziarla per dividere queste immagini spettacolari.
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Nice pics. Looks like fun.
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Hey Botto, if you made it up the Serchio to the Ponte Diavolo, did you make it into Bagni di Lucca? That's my neck of the woods (when I get over there), and I've done lots of rides in the mountains in that area and up into the Garfagnana. Like you, I think it's a fantastic area. Thanks for the pics!
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Wish you had told me you were going. I could have gone along.
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Originally Posted by chaadster View Post
Hey Botto, if you made it up the Serchio to the Ponte Diavolo, did you make it into Bagni di Lucca? That's my neck of the woods (when I get over there), and I've done lots of rides in the mountains in that area and up into the Garfagnana. Like you, I think it's a fantastic area. Thanks for the pics![
only passed by. that day i descended the cippolaio, down to castelnuovo, then rode along the serchio, on my way back to lucca.

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Old 08-01-10, 04:35 PM
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There are few things in life you can count on.
Botto posting a couple of epic ride reports each year seems to be one of them.
Well done!
I need to go to Europe.
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