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'Nother question. Best road bike shop in Firenze, It.?(7 posts)

'Nother question. Best road bike shop in Firenze, It.?Zonic Man
Aug 12, 2003 10:42 AM
Going there for honeymoon, and want to pick up a c40 while i'm there. Going to be in Firenze for first 5 days of the vacation.

Need them to have someone to speak english as well.

Thanks for any and all information. DOn't want to just go blind off the internet.
Contigtx
Aug 12, 2003 10:55 AM
That's the shop I used to go to when I lived there in the late 80s. Don't think they sell Colnago, though... Very good shop--Mario Conti is a cool guy, his grandfather started the shop. I did a quick google search and seems like they still exist.

http://web.outsideonline.com/magazine/0199/trips/italy.html
ohgtx
Aug 12, 2003 11:01 AM
I don't think anyone speaks English there, and it's not in the cenetr of town. If I remember right there is a big flashy shop in the middle of town and they did carry Colnago and probably speak English.

From previous threads if I remember right there is a big Colnago dealer near where Andy Hampsten lives. Found this link on Andy's tour site:

http://www.cinghiale.com/html/links.html

http://www.ciclosport.it/
Yeah, about the "ciclosport" shop.....Zonic Man
Aug 12, 2003 12:11 PM
My doctor also recommends them.

But Gerardo, the son, is the only one that speaks a HINT of english, so it's tough going.

Maybe I'll email Hampsted and see if he'll help me out with the interpreting. I'd ask my grandma or mother, but i'm afraid she'll louse it up!

Update: Prior to posting this, I talked to Andy Hampsted about the trip and he's going to forward the message on to Ciclosport.
Its Hamsten ... Andy Hampstenpmf1
Aug 12, 2003 12:33 PM
And Riccardo's English is not that bad. He's the one who didi the website. I was able to communicate with him. Its not brain surgery, you're just buying a bike.
re: 'Nother question. Best road bike shop in Firenze, It.?pmf1
Aug 12, 2003 12:22 PM
My wife and I went on our honeymoon in Italy. We spent some time in Florence and then did a bike tour of Tuscany with Andy Hampsten's outfit followed by a week in Sicily. The bike shop working with Hampsten got us two C-40 frames. This was in early September 2000. The 2001 B-Stays were coming out and we ordered them. It took a good 3 months to get them. It worked out to be about $2750 per frame with shipping (they come with fork, post and stem). That was when the dollar was considerably stronger against the lira though. Everything is euros now and I think they're worth more than a dollar these days. You could contact these guys and see what they can do for you. They're honest and Riccardo speaks English.

http://www.ciclosport.it/

My experiences in Florence (I've been twice -- I have a friend who lives there) have led me to conclude that there are not any good bike shops in the downtown tourist area where you'll probably be staying. I've been to one there and it wasn't much. Bike shops in Italy are generally not like bike shops in the U.S. (there is an exception I've seen in Rome though). Most carry very little inventory. They're cool places to go in terms of seeing old codgers hanging out in the back room drinking coffee, smoking cigarrettes and talking about racing in the 1960's, but I seriously doubt you will find a place where you can just walk in and buy a C-40 (or most other bikes) off the rack. Typically they're sold to order. Components there are expensive (yes, even Campy), so you're best bet is to buy a frame overseas and then buy the components in the U.S.

If I were you, I'd try Ciclo Sport, or that place in the UK that sells Colnago for pretty good prices. Labicicletta.com (https://www20.secure-website.net/~labicic/LaBiciclettaStore/) often has good deals too. I got a deal on a Litespeed from them a few years ago. They were pleasant to deal with.

Bottom line -- chances are not good you'll return from your honeymoon with a Colnago. Shop around on the net and order it there. That's where you're going to find the best deal. Get a flashy paint job too. I got OOF and was immediately jealous when my wife's LX-14 came out of the box. If I were to do it again, I'd get the GEO.

Have a good honeymoon. You could spend a year in Italy and not see everything. Relax. Drink some wine. Don't try to do too much. Those Americans that do the 10 cities in 12 days thing always crack me up.
Another source for a C-40pmf1
Aug 14, 2003 4:39 AM
I was looking at R&A Cycles ad in Velonews this morning (http://www.racycles.com/). They have pretty good prices on C-40's -- especially if you want the ordinary B-Stay w/o the ugly HP stays.

Wherever you get one, make sure the price includes the frame + fork, seatpost and stem. If they try to sell you those separately, they're ripping you off. All C-40's leave the factory with these items.

Clnago is coming out with a C-50 soon, so expect real deals on C-40's. Its a nice bike, I like mine.