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2001 Bianchi Veloce(7 posts)

2001 Bianchi VelocePoulidor
Jan 17, 2002 11:01 AM
I just saw a 2001 Bianchi Veloce for sale for $1050. It is the right size and I will be using it primarily for commuting. Is this a good price? Does anybody have any first-hand experience with this bike? Any thoughts or opinions would be welcome.

Thanks.
re: 2001 Bianchi VeloceTJeanloz
Jan 17, 2002 11:07 AM
It's a good, basic steel bike. $1050 seems like a bargain for a brand new model, maybe a little high if it's used. The big drawback as a commuter though, is that it doesn't have rack eyelet braze-ons.
re: 2001 Bianchi Velocepatrick
Jan 17, 2002 11:24 AM
I owned a 99 version. Good bike for commuting. Decent deal too. One note, check and see if Bianchi is still using the Miche headset- it is COMPLETE crap!!!! Mine constantly came loose.
re: 2001 Bianchi Velocemixinbeatz
Jan 17, 2002 1:45 PM
I have a 98 veloce that I bought just for commuting as well. I liked the bike so much I started putting about 100 miles a week on it. Then started doing 100 mile + rides, then started club rides, then joined a team. I don't race on the Bianchi, but I still spend about 70% of my time training on it. It has about 20,000 miles on it and is still going strong, the veloce components have worked well and have rarely failed. The only thing that I would be cautious of, is that the wheels that were shipped on the 98 broke after a little over a years of use(rims busted). Put some money aside for a wheel fund if they go. Besides that, it is a sweet ride. I bought mine for exactly $1090, and it was worth every bit of it.
re: 2001 Bianchi Veloceirnchf
Jan 17, 2002 1:49 PM
If you ever plan on commuting in the rain, make sure there is enough space for fenders between the tires and the brakes. The Veloce is sold as a low-end racing model and may not have much clearance.
re: 2001 Bianchi Velocemixinbeatz
Jan 17, 2002 1:54 PM
Good point. It took me 2 hours, about 10 zip ties, a run to home depot and a six pack to put on my sks fenders. If you have problems, go to a shop that caters to racers and have them do it. Almost all racers use fenders on bikes with no eyelets for fenders so you have to get creative.
re: 2001 Bianchi Veloceeoind
Jan 17, 2002 5:06 PM
I bought this same bike a couple of months ago for $1099 and after 700 miles I think I got a real bargain. The list price before sale was $1450. Compared to lots of aluminium bikes I test rode in the $1500 price range, (Trek, Giant, Specialized), the Bianchi is much more comfortable, and so far the Campy componentry has been excellent.