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Dog -re Bianchi Pista(14 posts)

Dog -re Bianchi Pistabuck
Jan 3, 2002 9:46 AM
How do you like the Bianchi Pista fixed gear? I'm thinking about getting the "SE" version from Harris Cyclery. How do you have yours set up? It seems like a great deal for the price.
works greatDog
Jan 3, 2002 10:28 AM
I have it set up with a Dura Ace front brake (just had one lying around), a DA/Ultegra aero brake lever, and changed the gearing. I added a bottle mount, too, and changed the saddle (hated the saddle) and tires (to longer wearing ones). I just added some washers, instead of buying the "track nuts". You will need to carry some kind of 15mm wrench with you. I cut off one end of a double open ended 15mm cone wrench so that it is light and fits easily in my seat bag. The peanut butter wrench is big and heavy.

You'll certainly want to change the gearing. The 48x16 it comes with is a bit tall. I'm using either 42x16 or 42x18 now. You can get a chainring (same bolt ring size as BMX) for about $15, and cogs about the same.

I think the SE is a bit over-priced. I got my bike for $450, and the remaining parts that make up the SE could be had for $50 (not a DA brake, but who cares?). The fork is already drilled for the brake. I didn't go with a dummy brake lever, though, but you could make one. I'd shop around locally and see if you can get the bike cheaper.

Incidentally, I find nothing uncomfortable about the track bike geometry. But, The longest ride I've done is around 3 hours.

Here are some photos:

hey, nice shop!Js Haiku Shop
Jan 3, 2002 10:51 AM
now, move everything above three feet.

scratch that. move everything above three feet that you don't want soggy or bearing tooth marks within the next two years. after two years, move it higher, and put a lock (up high) on the inside and outside of that door.

tell me about the fork mount installed vertically on the front of your workbench...
Jan 3, 2002 11:39 AM
Thanks. The kid won't be allowed in the garage for a long time. After that, the tools will be locked in the Sears toolboxes. I'm no dummy - I know kids love to steal your tools and hide them in the back yard.

The fork mount is to either work on a fork (like install a bearing race), or stick the fork/bike in there to do handle bar wrap. It makes it very secure and convenient and you can sort of tug against it that way.
climbing bikegtx
Jan 3, 2002 10:57 AM
I like the climbing bike, but when do you use it? What goes up must come down, and I think you need a rear break for road racing (including hill climb events--ever done the Mt. Tam hill climb?--you need a big ring for that one cause the start is flat).
Jan 3, 2002 11:39 AM
I set it up that way for the 508, where the crew provided my other bikes for downhills and such. A front brake is plenty, and all that is required by law and the rules. Even with the 38 ring alone, with a 12-27 cassette (have a 12-34 also) the 38x12 combo is 83 gear inches, which allows you to ride 25 mph pretty easily.

Dexter's Laboratory!Tig
Jan 3, 2002 11:49 AM
It looks like a bike version of my grandfather's electronic shop I grew up playing in. (He was a Ben Franklin direct descendant that loved to invent photographic and electronic gizmos) Your shop looks like a bike junkie's dream. It makes mine look anemic by comparison. I couldn't help notice the locks on the interior door. Does that keep the wife out while you are busy? J/K'ing! Keeping a burglar out from all points of entry is very smart when you have so many nice tools and bikes.
Jan 3, 2002 12:07 PM
Thanks. I love tinkering in the garage, but I think those days are numbered with the little one coming. But then it makes all the more sense to keep everything organized and handy to get repairs done quickly. Actually, that is an exterior door to the side yard, and the bolt is for my wife, who is a bit more paranoid than I am. This is for a house in a gated neighborhood, behind a locked 6 foot privacy fence around the side and back yard, and an alarm system. She feels secure, so she's happy. That's the goal. :-)

where's your email addie ???CT1
Jan 3, 2002 12:18 PM
I searched around on your site but couldn't find it.

It looks like the Geo fork has about 7" of steerer left. ??? If so, I may be able to use it.

Sheldon Brown did all right by us.MB1
Jan 3, 2002 11:11 AM
We bought a couple of Fuji Track bikes from Harris Cyclery-they were cheaper than the Bianchi and seemed more road worthy. He fixed them up nicely and made the changes I requested.

Miss M is still riding hers, I upgraded to a Gunnar Street Dog after 1000 miles. The things I liked about the Fujis over the Bianchi were that you could mount a rear brake and the Fuji has more tire clearance. I like wide tires and wanted to be able to run a SS freewheel.

The tire clearance turned out to be a non issue but the ability to fit a rear brake is nice. We have our bikes set up fixed/free taking advantage of the flip flop hub. We like riding both SS and fixed. SS lets you tackle bigger hills, fixed seems to be more efficient.

Anyway we are quite happy with the service and prices from Harris Cyclery.
Sheldon Brown did all right by us.buck
Jan 3, 2002 11:20 AM
Did you buy them mail order or in person? How do you like the Gunnar? IS it significantly better than the Fuji?
Answers, answers.MB1
Jan 3, 2002 12:43 PM
Mail ordered (e-mail and phone actually)the Fujis from Sheldon Brown/Harris Cyclery. Got the Gunnar from Licktons Cyclery, I've been dealing with them for a while and like 'em.

For me the Gunnar is much better than the Fuji with one exception. The frame and fork are mad of much better tubing the Fuji frame is straight gauge generic cromo the Gunnar is butted Reynolds 853 with True Temper Oyx stays.

The Gunnar is actually a cyclo-cross frame built with track dropouts and axle spacing. Canti brake, rack/fender and 2 bottle brazeons and mega tire and fender clearance. It also has a long wheelbase. Exactly what I was looking for. It rides great on the road and dirt.

Now about those frame decals. Time and bandwidth prevent me from fully explaining how bad they are-not the artwork, the quality. Huffy wouldn't use such low quality decals...but I digress.

Love the Gunnar ride.
buck, what size do you need?merckx56
Jan 3, 2002 3:01 PM
i'll sell you mine, setup with a campy mirage front brake, diacompe levers, a bontrager post and body geo. saddle for less than sheldon wants! i've ridden it maybe 5 times! it's a 57 w/a 56 top tube. 2001 model.
buck, what size do you need?buck
Jan 3, 2002 6:50 PM
That would be great but I'm afraid it's too small.