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  1. #1

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Malden, MA
    ME: HevAri Dragonrider 7
    MB: Squier Affinity Jazz V
    Rig: Fryette Sig:X/VHT D60

    iTrader: 0

    Upcoming NBD!

    I've been riding an old Univega racing bike around, with a few modifications to make it more comfortable for me. After doing some longer rides, and fighting the fit of it basically since day one, I conceded that the frame was too small, and started doing some research. Around the same time, my car was hit while parked on my street, and the guy's insurance is covering it...but it's mostly cosmetic damage, so I'm not gonna bother having it fixed completely, so I've got some cash to spare.

    I went to several bike shops, test-rode something like 12 different bikes (in some cases, different sizes of the same model), and finally found one that I liked, in a size that was comfortable...and then the guy at the shop offered me a really good deal on it. Unloaded some stuff on CL last night, took the bike for a second, longer test-ride this afternoon, and put it on layaway.

    It's a 2012 Bianchi Volpe. Since it's last year's model, they're selling it to me for about $300 less than this year's model is selling for, and as far as I can tell, the only difference is the color.

    If you're not familiar with it, it's what's called a "cross" bike...essentially, a road bike adapted for offroad usage, so it's got geometry and drivetrain similar to a road racing bike, but with clearance for larger tires (even with fenders), and is built to be a bit sturdier, to stand up to a bit of abuse.

    I should be bringing it home within the month, really looking forward to it!

  2. #2

    Join Date: Dec 2008
    Location: Pennsyl-tucky
    ME: 87 Ibanez RG550
    MA: Wasburn D12 6
    Rig: ADA MP1 / Spider II

    iTrader: 0

    Very cool

    Bianchi makes good bikes

  3. #3

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: King of Prussia, PA
    ME: PRS CE22
    MA: Richard Cogger Classical
    MB: Fender Bulletbass
    Rig: Mesa Mark V/TA30

    iTrader: 3 (100%)

    Awesome bike! I really need a new one myself, my friend's brother ran over mine with his car and lately I've been having to use my sister's pos that has completely stripped shifters.

  4. #4

    Join Date: Sep 2010
    Location: London, UK.
    ME: Kramer Nightswan II
    MA: Garrison G50

    iTrader: 2 (100%)

    Congrats man, Bianchis are beautiful.

  5. #5

    Join Date: Sep 2008
    Location: Malden, MA
    ME: HevAri Dragonrider 7
    MB: Squier Affinity Jazz V
    Rig: Fryette Sig:X/VHT D60

    iTrader: 0

    Well, that was quicker than I expected

    I got an email yesterday from someone interested in something I've been trying to sell on CL for quite a long time, which gave me enough to pick up the bike today. They didn't have the pedals or rear rack I wanted in stock, so those are on order and should arrive next week, so I still have the green test-ride pedals on it until then. I'm experimenting with a couple different saddles that I have around, but I'm probably gonna buy one specifically for this bike.

    Anyway, here it is shortly after bringing it home (after an inaugural ride involving fast road-riding, and some mountain bike trails, of course!)

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