Sep 18, 2003 8:12 PM
|I am going to be in northeast Italy in a few weeks and was planning on visiting the Pinarello shop in Treviso (factory near there?) and the Fondriest shop in Padua. Can anyone tell me anything about these shops or other bike things i shouldn't miss. I think Pegoretti is near Trento if i remember right as well as Campy in Vicenza. Any info or experiences would be appreciated.|
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Sep 19, 2003 10:30 AM
|I go to Vicenza often but never really made it to the factory. I went to the Fondriest factory one time thinking they sell out of their factory but was disappointed. Pinarello has a shop they sell bikes out of in Treviso since they also don't sell out of the factory. This area has so many local bike stores and some even offer their own line of bikes. I particularly went with one in Sacile which is only a few miles from where I live. I initially wanted a Pinarello but ended up going with a local builder 'Salvador' and my entire bike costs less then the equivalent Pinarello Marvel's frame. The bikes are no more cheaper than they are in the states. Especially with the Euro vs. US dollar value. If you really want a name brand Italian bicycle, it will cost you. I happened to see the new 2004 line of De Rosas. I liked the new model 'Macro' which has carbon fiber seatstays (like the one I bought). The price equipped with Centaur group is 2,800 Euro
If you're married you might want to visit Nove (huge ceramic town) which makes these 'Capodimonte' ceramic flowers, vases, dishes and anything else you can think of and bring back a gift for the wife.
If you have any other questions, just let me know. I don't know a lot about this place but I have lived here for 2 years already and have a year left.
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Sep 19, 2003 11:40 AM
|Thanks for the info config, much appreciated. I still plan on stopping by the Treviso shop to check it out. I remember when i was in Verona once, they had their own brand of bikes and they were real nice. Don't remember the brand name (at the moment), but i see them in Bici Sport. I was under the impression that Fondriest had a bike shop in Padua (padova) like Pinarello has in Treviso. Was the Fondriest factory in Padua, like the supposed shop. Thanks for the tip on the Nove, my wife will be with me and maybe we can visit there. I might try and ask you a few questions before i leave in a week. We are staying in Bolzano (by way of Salzburg, and Castlerotto, then driving down to Venice, hopefully stopping in Treviso on the way down.|
Sep 20, 2003 11:38 PM
|The Fondriest place I went to was the one listed on their main corporate address which is in the Industrial section (area) of a small town near Padua. If you do end up going to Nove, there is a small bike shop in Sandrigo (near Nove) which is an authorized dealer of Fondriest and De Rosa. The store is called Bici Sport.
Feel free to ask me any questions if you want. I can also e-mail you my cell number if you want to ask questions directly. Just let me know.
Sep 25, 2003 9:33 PM
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