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Bianchi Volpe Component Upgrades?(5 posts)

Bianchi Volpe Component Upgrades?peddle-paddle
Dec 23, 2002 4:17 PM
I am new to this.
Started with a Bianchi Eros 2 years ago and picked up the Volpe for light touring.
I often hear people upgrading parts of their bikes and was wondering about doing the same to my Volpe.
Like changing to Campy components. It has the Shimano and its okay but I like Campy gears/brakes on the Eros more. Unless someone has thoughts on other changes that was all I had in mind so far.
Any thoughts, experiences or help would really be appreciated. Like I said I am new so I am at your mercy.

When I say light touring I mean not much more the 1 or 2 nights and 150 or so miles total.

Thank you and Merry Christmas.
Jim
re: Bianchi Volpe Component Upgrades?micha
Dec 24, 2002 4:12 AM
Not sure if I would upgrade a Bianchi Volpe. The returns for what you'd spend would be very small. I always found it more satisfying to buy a frame and slowly build it up. You spend more money, but you always learn something, get exactly what you want and wind up with "your" bike. I'm assuming you like to work on bikes.

Aso try this site with your question. Scroll down to the touring forum. You'll probably get many more responses there..

http://www.bikeforums.net/
Welcome aboard! I've got one....Gregory Taylor
Dec 24, 2002 6:08 AM
Hey Jim --

I've got a Volpe that I use for commuting and, once in a great while, for cyclocross. It's a nice, honest, kinda heavy bike that gives you a pretty good bang for the buck.

As for upgrades, I wouldn't go hog wild and drop a lot of $$$ on it. A complete change-over to Campy just wouldn't be very cost-effective. Save that for your next bike. The other thing to think about is that if you are going to tour with it, if something breaks out on the road you are probably going to have an easier time finding Shimano parts than Campy.

That said, there are a few areas that could benefit from an upgrade. The brakes on mine - cheap Tektro cantilever brakes - had a dead feel and just weren't very powerful. I upgraded to a set of Avid "Shorty 6" brakes which improved the stopping power and feel. They are also very easy to set up. The saddle that came on mine was pretty horrible, so I got a San Marco Rolls (which I don't like, but it is better than what was on there). A nice set of tires can really perk it up as well - look at touring tires from Continental or Panaracer.

Have fun with it -- let us know when you take a trip.
Thank you folks and ...peddle-paddle
Dec 24, 2002 7:54 AM
I just realized I can't spell pedal. Oh well.

I did a local ride shortly after getting the bike in September. That Dam Ride to Confluence. 140 mile 2 day flat ride. Plan on MS150 in June 2003 and another That Dam Ride in September 2003. The bike is heavier than my Eros but does ride nice so far.

I'll save the money for the next road bike or sea kayak.

Happy holidays.
Jim
re: Bianchi Volpe Component Upgrades?Barton
Dec 24, 2002 5:24 PM
I have a 1999 Volpe. It is an honest bike, but not one I would put much money into to upgrade. All I changed on mine was the saddle. 150 miles in two days should be OK on it. The only thing I might upgrade (if it can be done) is the brakes.