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Ciao a Roma(2 posts)

Ciao a Romakgg
Jun 15, 2003 1:53 AM
Well, did my last ride in Rome today. Used the ride to do a little exploring. Went out along the Tiber for a ways, then went over by San Paolo. Back towards Rome and along the wall for a ways. Got lost for a bit, but enjoyed the scenery. Rode by the Baths of Caracalla (twice - wrong turn again), then out the Gate of San Sebastian and along the Appian Way. Encountered a short stretch of old Roman road and managed to get through it, slowly. But the second stretch seemed to have no end, so after a hundred meters I turned back. Those are really big cobblestones - kind of like trying to do Porcupine Rim on a road bike (well, maybe not quite that bad). Finally worked my way back into the city and the apartment. Got a nice early start and avoided the heat (it's been kind of beastly here). Very nice way to finish up my stay in Rome.

Tomorrow the bike goes back to the dealer to get boxed up for the plane trip back to the states. Thanks to all who helped with sizing issues a couple months back. The C40 HP is beautiful. I'm very pleased with the bike, and the size seems to be right on the money. I'm amazed at how stiff the bike is in the bottom bracket. When I stand up, it has about as much flex as a 4 x 4. The ride is nice - really jumps when you stomp on it - sitting or standing. I'm looking forward to getting it home and doing some more lengthy rides. I've only been able to do about 300 miles in the 2 months I've had the bike. But, it's at least exercise. Allows me to enjoy the food more while I'm here.

And here's a pitch for the store: Lazzaretti - in Piazza Fiume, near Porta Pia. Ask for Massimo - he speaks English. It's not real far from the Termini Train Station. They were fair, honest, had a huge selection, and nailed the sizing.
re: Ciao a RomaAkirasho
Jun 15, 2003 10:56 AM
... too bad you couldn't extend your trip for another 7 weeks... or perhaps you'll be back in Europe for le Tour?

Sounds like a nice ride... regardless of the bike!

Be the bike.