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PIcking Up the Pista(4 posts)

PIcking Up the Pistatoonces
Mar 11, 2003 11:12 PM
Woohoo! It came earlier than they expected so hearing the message from the shop was a pleasant surprise. I was on break from work so I'll have to pick it up during lunch on Wednesday. Thanks for all the bits and pieces of info; I'll be making a few small tweaks to the bike before settling on the right setup. Can't friggin wait to get a ride on!
Mine is being shipped tomorrow....SS_MB-7
Mar 12, 2003 7:48 AM
My new '03 Bianchi Pista is being shipped tomorrow from the NSLBS (not-so-local bike shop). These are in very high-demand and supply is very limited. If anyone is looking for one, order now and you might be able to get one within a couple weeks...some sizes are already back-ordered. Otherwise, check-out eBay since there is a shop in Chicago that continuously lists up to 7 different sized Pistas. I have yet to see one sell though since they have a "reserve" on them that never seems to get hit. The reserve is likely MSRP of $550.

Ride Hard,
Mike B.
re: PIcking Up the PistaFred the Cross Poser
Mar 12, 2003 11:36 AM
I got my Pista from CycleSmithy in Chicago (the ebay seller) after determining that there were none to be had in New Hampshire/Mass (Harris only had one - a 57 cm). In fact, an LBS talked with the local Bianchi rep (New Hampshire) who said that he thought the next available Pistas would be 2004 models...

BTW, CycleSmithy did a nice job packing the bike up for travel.

It is a nice bike but there are a few compromises. The hub nuts for the wheels do scrape off the paint. Sheldon Brown has track nuts for sale. Forget about using the saddle - ouch! Additionally, the front fork has lawyer tabs. I am sure the fork is used on other bikes but this is the first time I have seen a fork with a bolt on wheel with lawyer tabs. A quick release up front would have been nice.

On the bright side, the grey and black really seems to work well, better in person. The crank and the stem seem plenty stiff. The tires, Wilderness Trail Bikes, look good for a company much better known for mountain bike tires.

Mods so far: New saddle, frame pump, two water bottle cages (GE Silicone II with cable ties), A 42 chain ring from Truvativ, Cateye Astrale from the parts bin, Shimano Exage Brake Levers from the parts bin, Tiagra front brake.

Now I need the glaciers around here to melt...
re: PIcking Up the Pistatoonces
Mar 12, 2003 11:50 PM
I heard about the hub nuts thing a while before I received my bike so I ordered some track nuts for the rear. But I'm looking at the bike and the nuts that come on the bike are almost identical to the one's I bought from Harris. Maybe Bianchi made changes on this batch?