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Bianchi Pista

Old 07-31-18, 07:09 PM
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Bianchi Pista

hello all what is the general consensus on the bianchi pista. i currently ride a sub 15lb road bike however for short rides under 5 miles or so id like to start riding a fixed gear bike. a local guy is selling a bianchi pista i believe circa 2010 for $150. Is this a good price? i can post pics if anyone has any helpful information on the bike thank you!
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Old 07-31-18, 07:33 PM
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General consensus it is a non-geared bicycle made by Bianchi. Does it do what you need it to do? Does it fit you well and is it your size? Is it a bike you want to ride?
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From the used prices of these I have seen, I would say that's a decent price, assuming it fits and you like it. Many of the Pistas I have seen are listed at really ridiculous prices, I seriously doubt many of the $500-600 ones ever sell at that price, but you never know.

Many people who nothing at all about bikes (like my idiot younger brother) seem to end up with these, which leads me to believe they might not be all that great. And the requirements for a decent single speed bike are so minimal, I don't see the point in paying extra for the Bianchi name.

I would just build my own out of an old steel frame I already know I like, but that's me.
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a sub 15 road bike, huh.
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I don't think it is a bad deal. Most $150 fixed gear bikes on craigslist are rusty conversions.

Difficult to tell from the photo but that one looks like it might be clean. The saddle, seatpost and stem look original. It looks like a size 53.

I own a 2015 Pista. It is a cromo frame, nothing special, but the steel will be very comfortable to ride. Keep in mind that it has no bottle cage mounts. Replace the bull horns with drop bars and ride it.

Whomever picked the color for the floor in that photo needs to have his head checked.


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Old 08-01-18, 07:29 AM
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They are fine. For $150, if it fits you, buy it.
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Originally Posted by nightfly View Post
They are fine. For $150, if it fits you, buy it.
okay cool, now after doing a bit more looking into it i see that a columbus tubed or other still frames from the 1980s provide a more lively ride? im thinking about sourcing a frame some cheap wheels and doing a single gear or fixed gear setup any frames i can get under or around 300 dollars that are under 2.5kg for the frame/fork?
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Again they are fine bikes. The equal or better of most sub $500 (new) completes. All the Taiwanese steel frames around are fine.

Would a road conversion with a nice steel frame from the 80's or 90's ride better? Probably. Would you able to build up a complete for $150? Not likely. Would it have track geometry? No.

So you just gotta pick out what's important to you.

If it fits buy it. Get a not yellow chain and ride it for awhile.
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