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bianchi as a brand/touring bike(6 posts)

bianchi as a brand/touring bikejess_y
Jan 27, 2003 1:01 PM
hi all,

it is not my intention to re-ignite the heated discussion earlier about american-made vs. foreign labor, but i was just wondering what people thought about bianchi as a brand--quality, durability, value, etc. i'm thinking about doing my first bicycle tour (fully loaded) this summer and i'm considering, for a variety of reasons, the volpe over other brands and models (such as cannondale t800 or t2000 & trek 520) as a bike to buy. do you think it can support fully loaded touring? is bianchi a respectable brand? their bikes sure LOOK elegant, if nothing else. i appreciate any feedback--as you can see, i don't know a whole lot about this stuff...
I'd get a real touring bikeDougSloan
Jan 27, 2003 1:54 PM
If I were fully loaded touring, I'd get a real touring bike, with long wheelbase, rack eyelets, extra braze-ons, v-brakes or canti's, able to handle wide tires, etc.

As having owned 7 Bianchis over 23 years, I'd say their quality varies widely, depending upon the particular year and model. They have more history than any other bike brand, and are uniquely identifiable (in Celeste), and that is sort of cool to me. But, bottom line is that most bikes are very similar, and the over all differences are very, very small.

Regardless of brand, I'd get a dedicated touring bike, probably steel.

Doug
Sorry, I was confusedDougSloan
Jan 28, 2003 4:26 PM
I just looked, and I had confused the Volpe with another Bianchi model. Looks like it should work fine (you can always paint it celeste). In any event, I will of course defer to those who actually have the bike, and I'll crawl back into my hole now. <8-|

Doug
I think the Volpe is a pretty good deal for a touring bike.MB1
Jan 27, 2003 4:30 PM
My main rides over the years have often been Bianchi. As Doug says there is something about that color....Bianchi USA has a good record of designing this sort of bike and providing good values.

The Volpe has a fine group for touring however if I was buying one new I would have the dealer change the cassette to one with a 34 tooth cog (stock is 32t). Fully loaded touring requires the lowest gears you can get.

Of course the Volpe is not available in Celeste.
re: bianchi as a brand/touring bikeBarton
Jan 28, 2003 2:08 PM
I have a 1999 Volpe (blue, not celeste).

While I only have about 1200 miles on it, I can say it has been problem free.

The geometry is comfortable, it is reasonably fast, and climbs well. The only thing I have changed is the saddle.

I would recommend you consider it seriously.
re: bianchi as a brand/touring bikejfo
Jan 28, 2003 4:14 PM
I have ridden a Bianchi Volpe for 2 1/2 seasons, 5000 miles so far. First year used Continental top 2000 tires (700x28) tires. Since switched to 700/32. Weigh 230, 6 ft 2 inches. No problems of any sort and know the bike is great. It easily carries touring gear. You couldn't go wrong. John