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To Doug Sloan(12 posts)

To Doug SloanMrCelloBoy
Sep 24, 2003 1:55 PM
I just landed a Bianchi M on eBay and had snagged your photo of your Milano from an old post of yours (to keep me company until the real thing gets here). Had you put custom wheels on yours to lighten things up a little?
Sep 24, 2003 2:04 PM
Nope, all stock except fenders added. Actually, I "heavied" it up a bit with thornproof tubes (the rear would be a real bear to change on the road). I think they changed a few things from model year to year, too.

Meelaano, MintMrCelloBoy
Sep 24, 2003 2:17 PM
Nice. I got the fenders already from Bianchi. now all I needz is the bike! Planning on putting on a rear rack and basket to make life easy.
OK, but I want to see you two do some ...Humma Hah
Sep 24, 2003 4:13 PM
... serious riding on those things. Ought to be pretty good century bikes, by my way of reckoning. Don't let that basket turn it into a grocery bike.
meet us at Solvang next spring! nmDougSloan
Sep 24, 2003 7:03 PM
You betca!MrCelloBoy
Sep 24, 2003 9:30 PM
Though I can't speak for Doug.
Having done a century on my late ibis Scorcher Fixie I'm sure to get around to at least one century on the Milano. But surely a bag of groceries in the basket will be an excellent touch ; )
Hey Doug... Come on up for the Wine Country Century next spring and we can be the Milano twins.
Sep 25, 2003 6:44 AM
What kind of climbing on that one? It's possible on the Milano, but not ideal...

Calling all MilanosMrCelloBoy
Sep 25, 2003 7:50 AM
Don't get too worried, the Wine Country Century is a far cry from the terrible Two.
The 100 mi. option has 3,300' of climb, mostlyu gradual with a few short steeps (10% max would be my guess). The longest is up Graton Rd. to Occidental. The T.T. comes down this near the end. The rest of the course is fairly rolling.

Any others with Milano's out there want to join us? We'll have us a party!
Sep 25, 2003 7:58 AM
the milano has a 7 speed hub doesn't it? be a man and ride a real cruiser! one speed is all you need!
Waddya mean, kidding?Humma Hah
Sep 25, 2003 8:44 AM
This Sunday I expect to ride my first century on a bike OTHER than the singlespeed cruiser (which has now done eight centuries, Solvang included, plus two rides in the 85-mile range and a 90-miler).

The bike for this weekend is the vintage fixie.

One speed IS all you need!
Durn, Doug, that thing's got SEVEN gears ...Humma Hah
Sep 25, 2003 8:40 AM
... surely that can handle 3000 ft of climbing per 100 miles with a worst-case 10% grade! Heck, my wife's old 3-speed could handle that.
Humma Whaaa...MrCelloBoy
Sep 25, 2003 11:27 AM
OK, I'll agree that one is all you NEED, but VARIETY is the spice of life. ; )