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Trip to Italy(4 posts)

Trip to Italymtbroadie
Aug 12, 2001 5:24 PM
I just posted a bunch of photos in the "Bikes" section of our stop at the Tour De Italia finish line. It's at the top of a hill overlooking Lake Como, just outside Valbrona. There's a church/shrine with a bunch of bicycles such as Fausto Coppi's 1949 Tour De France winner. This was really inspiring! Hopefully you enjoy the photos. I'd love to go back with my bike as this is a heavy cycling area (gee - wonder why?).
On another note, Campagnolo groupos can be bought cheaper in the States. Too bad. I was able to buy Castelli clothing for a lot cheaper in Italy (Milan) though.
If my photos don't come up I will post them to an outside site.

re: Trip to ItalyLone Gunman
Aug 13, 2001 7:18 AM
My sister lives in Palermo and has a bunch of Doc friends that ride and she has invited me over to ride with the Docs. On the Zona Bici site I was looking at some Castelli kit and price comparing to Colorado Cyclist. What if I bought on line and had it shipped to her in Palermo, and then she brought it home on her next trip back. Would I avoid the tax and excessive shipping cost? The prices for the top end Castelli looked real reasonable.
re: Trip to ItalyLone Gunman
Aug 13, 2001 7:23 AM
Additionally, I was asking through her about different steel Italian frames, Pinarello-Coppi-Colnago, and they asked why do you want steel? Not the first time I have heard a comment like this. The LBS was telling me alot of the pro's in Europe want American made Alu frames. True or not I'll never know, but seems that I may have some negotiation leverage to buy a frame if I ever make that trip.
re: Trip to Italymtbroadie
Aug 13, 2001 7:36 AM
THe Castelli product I bought at a store similar to Performance Bicycle was about 1/3 the cost it is here in the Bay Area. I'm not sure about buying from the web site and having it shipped. If you know your size and what you want maybe your sister can just go pick it up? Of course you are taking a slight chance at what you end up with this way. The problem I had was that the high end stuff was mostly out of stock. It could have been because they were having a sale.
I actually saw a lot of Cannondales in Italy. I did see a couple of Colnagos, several Pinnarellos and some bikes I've never heard of. A Pinarello with Ultegra and Kyseriums was about $4300 US. I didn't look to see which one.
If my Campy and Castelli experience tells me anything, you can probably get US made product there cheaper, and Italian made product cheaper in the US. Chalk it up to Globalization?