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bianchi pista(13 posts)

bianchi pista5.10
Feb 27, 2002 1:34 PM
anyone use the bianchi pista or similar frame on the road as a fixed wheel bike?
it has steep geometry (76 seat tube angle, fork rake of 28 for the 55 cm model)
will it be horrible to ride on the road?
any other suggestions?
I've ridden it, and I almost bought one . . .morrison
Feb 27, 2002 1:41 PM
it's not a 'horrible'ride for the road, but it's not the best, either. If you are looking for a comfortable fixed that is bomb-proof, try the Gunnar Street Dog. Also . . . I am currently building something up that I ordered from; you might want to check them out. It's a fixed frame and fork set for $360 Canadian. I'm gonna run a flip flop on it w/ a 42/15. Everything is on hold, however, while the SOBs (not who sent me the headset swap out the 1 1/8 for the 1" that I actually ordered.

One note . . . for the money, the Pista is a damned good deal
forgive my lack of knowledge...what is flip-flopmaximum15
Feb 27, 2002 4:22 PM
I haven't heard this term before. Please explain or direct me to a site with explanations. Thanks.
I refuse to link someone up to Sheldon Brown...Ahimsa
Feb 27, 2002 4:39 PM
...for no other reason than I need a break from it. I know, he's great and all, but EVERYONE links newbies to Sheldon articles. The sad truth is we either need more tech gurus to worship, or less lazy people that just link and article as opposed to explaining something basic.

Ah, f*ck me anyway, I'm just grouchy today. Never mind the bullocks.

Anyhow bro,
A flip flop is a rear hub that has threading for a single fixed cog on one side and a single freewheel cog on the other. So in effect you can have a bike that is a fixed gear or freewheel singlespeed with a flip of the wheel. Thus flip/flop.


I've ridden it, and I almost bought one . . .stlman
Feb 27, 2002 5:11 PM
Please keep us advised on the cost and details of the urbanite build as I am very interested in doing the same thing....

Feb 27, 2002 5:14 PM
Yes, and post pics of the beast both when the frame arrives and after the bike is built please.


A. (Who will do the same once his On-One Il Pompino fund is flush *cue wringing of greedy hands in bike lustful anticipation*)
I've ridden it, and I almost bought one . . .fuzzybunnies
Feb 27, 2002 9:36 PM
Can you post what the shipping on it is when you get it. I'm interested in the same frame set. Russ
Feb 27, 2002 1:51 PM
I'd consider a Fuji Track (not the Track Pro) if going for a complete bike- not quite as steep so more clearance (actually they claim it has road geometry), able to mount brakes, and flip-flop rear hub. Probably cheaper than Bianchi too.
Feb 27, 2002 6:28 PM
I'd second the Fuji. In fact I just ordered one yesterday for myself. For the price you can't beat it. I'm planning to add a front brake and change the gearing a little, plus put clipless pedals on it. The "list" price on it is $499. Check it out at
Love my Pistajbrown2036
Feb 27, 2002 1:51 PM
It's not the friendliest ride on the road, but I like it for anything under 40 miles.

Just do yourself a favor and put a at least a front brake on it!

Oh, 1 last thing watch the crankarm bolts (biffed mine all to hell and had to replace my cranks)

have fun,
ive got to take a pista tooCherry1
Feb 27, 2002 3:31 PM
Soma vacationbuck
Feb 27, 2002 7:23 PM
Check out these guys. I like what i see.
get the older model with green decalsSpirito di Finocchio
Feb 27, 2002 9:41 PM
it has better spec. hubs and should be a little cheaper as its an older model.

ditch the seat, upgrade to some better quality locknuts for the axles and fit a front brake.

the frame rides OK on the road and is pretty good value.
a little more money and a built up surly will offer better all round value and you can have any color you want as long as its brown.

BUT, i would look for a nice old frame for a song and build it up with whatever good parts you find cheap. more fun, more flava (...same price +/-).