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Regarding the previous Bianchi debate . . . . .(2 posts)

Regarding the previous Bianchi debate . . . . .funhoggin-gal
May 26, 2003 8:57 AM
. . . I am surprised to be letting go of my Bianchi obsession, but I am in agreement with atpjunkie (and several others) at this point - I think a person who wants to use a cross bike for commuting, paved and unpaved joy riding, AND light touring should probably avoid aluminum as well as the more race-ready setups and geometries. I would probably love the Axis offroad and even on the commute to work, but I cannot picture screaming down a mountain road (paved or otherwise) loaded with panniers (no matter how light) on an aluminum bike with a head angle of 73. Maybe I'm just a whimpy girl-person, but I just wouldn't feel very stable. And, I really could feel right away (like the princess and the pea? - just kidding!) that steel would be way more comfortable over the long haul.

So it is that I am looking exclusively at steel and titanium, and a geometry not offered by Bianchi. (basically, I think anything with a head angle greater than 72 is out). Perhaps in a few years when I have some more cash on hand, I'll buy a separate bike for every use, and once-and-for-all I will satisfy my 20-year Bianchi desire . . .
I'm coming in late here and have not read....TFerguson
May 26, 2003 4:36 PM
all of the previous threads. I apologize if I'm being redundant.

I own a Bianchi Volpe. It's categorized as a light touring bike that I have found to be an excellent steel, all-around bike. I've used it for everything from light CX, to Centuries, to loaded with trunk bag and small panniers on the rear. It has plenty of tire clearance and is set for canti/linear pull brakes. If I were looking for what you suggested above, I would look for a Volpe frame in Celeste (not common in the US but a true Bianchi has to be Celeste) and build it up with whatever parts package you find acceptable (I'm betting Campy).

Also, if you ever get tired of that, the horizontal dropouts allow an easy conversion to single speed or track. Mine is now used at the Velodrome until I can afford to build up my new Bianchi track frame. A very versatile, smooth riding frame.