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Pista Impressions(16 posts)

Pista ImpressionsWrigleyRoadie
Jan 8, 2003 12:21 PM
I've never owned a track/fixie/ss bike, and I've been bitten by the bug.

I saw a Bianchi Pista on Ebay, and have learned that they retail for just 549 at the LBS. Granted, they are made in Tawaiin, so they don't have the full lure of an italiano Bianchi, but I still adore the simplicity.

Anyone have comments or impressions about the Pista as a commuter/tooling around town bike? The pedals are included, and the rims are cxp-22.
Suggestion. Crosspost this on the Fixed Gear ForumDave Hickey
Jan 8, 2003 12:27 PM
There are a lot of fixed gear lovers who only visit the Fixed Gear forum.
is it drilled for breaks?Frith
Jan 8, 2003 12:41 PM
otherwise you may as well use it to commute directly to the hospital.
front only nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 9, 2003 5:41 AM
Impressions...biknben
Jan 8, 2003 12:48 PM
I'm not sure of the specifics of this year's model but be sure it is drilled for a front brake. I'd recommend adding a front brake for someone who is new to fixed riding.

The only criticism I have is that there are no water bottle bosses.

I've been riding/commuting on a fixed bike for a few months now and find it to be fun. It's not a world of difference but it make things interesting and adds a little life to what might be a boring ride.

Other manufacturers have fixed bikes too. Fuji, C'dale, Kona come to mind. The Fuji and Kona are similarly priced to the Bianchi.

The bug has bitten...you'll be a changed man in no time.
Impressions...WrigleyRoadie
Jan 8, 2003 1:25 PM
Good input to consider. I've seen the new Cannondale track bike in the Saeco colors - it was priced at 1199 at the same LBS. I think buying the Bianchi at 549 would leave me enought mula to spring for a brake - or a few extra helmets :-) I already own an aluminum roadie... I like the idea of a solid, non-frills steel frame for my city rides.

No water bottle bosses would be a pain - not enought to disuade me, but something to consider.
Impressions...desmo
Jan 8, 2003 1:46 PM
The Pista is a much better choice for road use, as the Cannondale is a "real" track bike. Any good bike store or local frame builder can install some "nutsert" water bottle mounts.
re: bottle cagesJS Haiku Shop
Jan 9, 2003 5:43 AM
http://www.nashbar.com/profile.cfm?category=72&subcategory=1025&sku=2598&brand=
For half the cost, convert an older road bike to fixed (its more fun!)Tig
Jan 8, 2003 8:14 PM
The relaxed geometry of an older steel bike with horizontal drop outs makes for a better behaved fixed/single speed bike than a high bottom bracket, steep/quick steering track bike. The fun of recycling an older classic lugged bike is a big part of it too. You can find one in your size if you look around enough. They come with bottle mount braze-ons and fender eyelets for nasty condition commuting. You can convert the old freewheel to a fixed or single speed freewheel just by re-dishing the wheel and adding a track cog, or buy a decent flip-flop hub wheel from Sheldon Brown. There's plenty of options for customizing an old bike to your likings and needs.

http://www.sheldonbrown.org/fixed-conversion.html
http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/fixed.html
http://tc-homes.com/bike/forum/fg-bikes/

New bikes are always nice, but converting an older bike is more fun. If I bought a new fixed gear bike, I'd go for something like this Anvil!
re: Pista Impressionsctisevn
Jan 9, 2003 10:32 AM
pistas are cool but I think for an all arounder the surly steamroller's hard to beat. its got wider stays to accomodate wider tires-Ive got michelin 700X30c cyclo-x jets on for the winter. it is said to take up to a 38c. its a bit less flexy in the bb area than the pista too. or so Im told. Ive got nothing but kind words for my surly. Ive used it for everything from ragbrai to a coffee shop bike. definitly worth looking at before you buy a pista though you'll likely spend a touch more as its sold as a frameset.
wow, purty! nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 9, 2003 11:28 AM
It's a beaut Clark, it's a beaut!WrigleyRoadie
Jan 9, 2003 12:26 PM
Obscure national lampoon reference.

Those go for about 3-400 as a frameset, right? I think I've seen them in the Excel cat.

Nice build!
thanksctisevn
Jan 9, 2003 1:23 PM
you can probably find them a bit less if you dont mind the color. they closed out the boston baked bean(err...brown?) so theres a few deals to be had on them. current year, and color, is about 400.
hold on a sec...JS Haiku Shop
Jan 9, 2003 1:37 PM
there's a brake lever on the left side, but no brake...or am i just missing it?
hold on a sec...ctisevn
Jan 9, 2003 2:34 PM
nah youre not missing it, I left the lever on when I took the brake off for the season so I could still ride on the brake hoods. really don't need the brake with fatty tires like that.
ah, okey dokey. thanks. nmJS Haiku Shop
Jan 10, 2003 5:49 AM