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New 2003 Bianchi Pista for $425 or Something Used?(6 posts)

New 2003 Bianchi Pista for $425 or Something Used?kg1
Nov 19, 2003 10:14 PM
My LBS has a new, 2003 Bianchi Pista in my size for sale for $425. I'm new to fixed gear bikes but want to give it a try as my commuter. I don't have a lot of parts sitting around to upgrade what might be lacking on the Pista (e.g., stem and post).

Finding a used bike is difficult for me (barely time to ride let alone shop), but I like the idea of having something a little out of the ordinary. Advice on how to go about finding a used fixed gear bike would be appriciated, as would advice on the Bianchi.

Many, many thanks.

kg1
What are you waiting for?Ginz
Nov 20, 2003 6:35 AM
For $425 you cannot go wrong. A Surly frame, alone, costs almosts $400. Go for it!

It's a fine bike.
-Ginz
If you've got time to surf, you've got time to shop...rcmann
Nov 20, 2003 7:39 AM
...and there are a lot of great deals on track bikes out there. People have them for a bit, get tired of them or don't ride them much, and sell some really nice stuff at really low prices. Check Road Bike Review classifieds, OldSkoolTrack for links, Classic Rendezvous classifieds, etc. You can always get the Pista later on. Good luck
New Pista - $425/in your size? - SOLD! (nm)cmgauch
Nov 20, 2003 8:15 AM
New Pista - $425/in your size? - SOLD! (nm)joe friday
Nov 20, 2003 11:15 AM
Use part of your savings for a good front brake...PdxMark
Nov 20, 2003 2:25 PM
(I like my 105-level dual pivot brake and Tektro levers) and a different rear cog. The 48/16 is very stiff... too stiff for me. I started out at 48/19, which was very close to the right gearing for me. The old 16 tooth cog makes for a fun toy to spin around your finger when sitting at your computer.

If you're like me, your Pista will be some of the best bang-for-the-buck money you'll ever spend on cycling.