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Lowdown on Olmo frames & Dreambikes, Watertown, MA.(7 posts)

Lowdown on Olmo frames & Dreambikes, Watertown, MA.Beantown
Dec 19, 2001 5:21 AM
I,m in the research stage of my first road bike purchase.
As a Boston area resident, I have loads of Bike Shops to choose from.
Recently, I test rode a Olmo Aluminum framed,Carbon forked road bike at Dream Bikes in Watertown. The bike was chosen and fitted to me
by Fran (shop owner). I think it was a nice bike but as a newbie, I am unfamiliar with what a "good feeling" bike is!.
My next move is to try a steel framed bike at the same shop.
Anybody have any input as to this shop's rep.?
Also, the closest "stock" bike I have found that meets my needs and budget is the Bianchi Eros.
Any thoughts on that bike?
Don't know the shop - test road an Eros a few yrs agodzrider
Dec 19, 2001 6:19 AM
I found it to be a good all-purpose ride. I was looking for something a little lighter and more nimble at the time, but recommended the Eros and the Fuji Roubaix Pro to friends looking for good all-around bikes.
Dec 19, 2001 7:04 AM
I frequent Dreambikes and think Fran (owner) is a straight shooter. He is one of the best wheel builders in the area, knows his stuff when it comes to bikes, and stands behind his workmanship.

I know of several people that also use him and respect him too.

Can't go wrong w/ Dreambikesjstonebarger
Dec 19, 2001 8:24 AM
Fran will take good care of you. I've never ridden an Olmo, but they have a fine reputation as well. Meanwhile, the bike that feels best is usually the one that fits, and Fran will work with you to make that happen. IMHO, you can't go wrong.
re: Lowdown on Olmo frames & Dreambikes, Watertown, MA.dan31
Dec 19, 2001 12:22 PM
I recently purchased a Moser Leader AX w/campy chorus. Fran has tremendous knowledge in bike fit and materials. He is willing to take the time to find the right fit and frame for you. I recommend following his suggestions. I learned alot from my time at Dreambikes. He continues to work with customers as they put more time on their rides, and find what works best for them. I will continue to give Fran my buisness.
Shameless plug for rider
Dec 19, 2001 6:41 PM
Fran is da Man in more ways than one. Nobody in New England knows more about Campy parts and the whole state of the art high end cycling market than Fran. Ask him about BMW motorcycles too.
re: Olmo SintexSteveS
Dec 19, 2001 7:23 PM
I had an Olmo Sintex for many years and it was a beautiful and great riding bicycle. The last time I looked, their geometry had not changed since the late 80s so that their frames had steep seat tube angles and short top tubes. With a longer stem, it worked well for me. My bike was steel and I am not an aluminum fan so I can speak for that ride. The bikes have a longstanding history of quality. Good luck.