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Italian honeymoon, a ride report.(21 posts)

Italian honeymoon, a ride report.Zonic Man
Sep 29, 2003 10:49 AM
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It was quite fun.
Supercool!velocity
Sep 29, 2003 10:57 AM
Looks like you had a honeymoon us cyclists would die for!
Supercool!BigFatSal
Sep 29, 2003 11:16 AM
Yes, I second this thought.... Looks amazing.

And that Suzy's pretty cute too! :>)

Congrats!
Beautiful Bride, Awesome Trip, Congratulations!! nmlotterypick
Sep 29, 2003 11:08 AM
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re: Italian honeymoon, a ride report.gf99
Sep 29, 2003 11:10 AM
Didn't you also take a new bike over there (Crown Jewel)? Tell us about it and lets see some pics!

Or if I'm thinking of someone else, never mind.

Great pics. We're all envious.
I did bring the crown jewel over.Zonic Man
Sep 29, 2003 11:17 AM
But no pictures.

The bike doesn't fit. There were some "errors" in building. So now I have 30mm of spacers and a 130 stem.

IF is building me a new Ti bike right now which is slated to be delivered the last week of October/early November, and they are going to take this one and credit me back.

IF is still a pleasure to work with. See above for suzy's new bike we bought over there for her.
biting tougue...gtx
Sep 29, 2003 2:00 PM
So where was the screw up? Those numbers you ran by us a month or two ago seemed way small...
Congrats! great ride, great pics! I couldn't help but notice...rwbadley
Sep 29, 2003 11:16 AM
the framing of your photos with your new bride in front... keep up the good work. She's both faster and cuter than you eh? ;-)

Looks like you had a great time lucky guy!

RW
She is WAY faster and WAY cuter than my ugly ass.Zonic Man
Sep 29, 2003 11:19 AM
I'm a lucky guy, to say the least.
Ricardo at Ciclosportpmf1
Sep 29, 2003 12:09 PM
The guy has lost some weight. Great shop -- got C-40's there when my wife and I did our honeymoon in Italy. What a great place. I'd move to Italy if I ever got the chance.
ZiMartino's eh?teoteoteo
Sep 29, 2003 1:00 PM
I see you were at the famed Zi Martino's, my good friend works part of the year with Andy and raves about the place. I am jealous to say the least.
ZiMartino's eh?Zonic Man
Sep 29, 2003 2:53 PM
Yep.

Which friend? Rob? Spoke to him at length.....
ZiMartino's eh?teoteoteo
Sep 29, 2003 3:33 PM
Yep, Rob Coppolillo. We met when we both worked at bike.com, back before they were owned by excel.
ZiMartino's eh?pmf1
Sep 30, 2003 6:36 AM
Yeah, my wife and I did the Hampsten bike tour as part of our honeymoon. Riccardo drove one of the support vans and his shop provided the support.

The shop is a pretty typical Italian shop. Not much inventory since everything is built to order. The wall in the back room is covered in ancient cogs, rims and hubs. There are the usual cigarette smoking old guy ex-racers hanging around too.

The funniest part about it, and many other shops, is paying. Paying is never a fast process. No one is in a hurry and yacking is more important than efficiency. I had to wait over 20 minutes to pay for some brake pads at one point. No, there was no line. In fact there was no one else buying anything. They are not in a hurry to take your money. Kinda cute, unless you really want to get back to the hotel in time for dinner.

At any rate, the vacation was awesome. The frames took forever and finally arrived in mid-December. They were 2001 models we bought in Sept of 2000, so a little wait is understandable. I got them all built up and wouldn't you know it -- it snowed the next day.
congrats, Zonic Man!stratoshark
Sep 29, 2003 1:02 PM
You have a beautiful bride. What a great trip! Thanks for the pics, I dream of going there someday, hopefully on one of Andy Hampsten's tours. Best to you and the wife!
where did the bike go when you took the Eurail?kenyee
Sep 29, 2003 2:28 PM
Or was it a different train only in that area.
I didn't see anyone checking in bikes when we rode the Eurail.

Congrats on the honeymoon. Looks like one to be remembered :-)
TrenItalia.Zonic Man
Sep 29, 2003 2:53 PM
Couldn't ride the Eurostar, unfortunately.

Trains that can take bikes are "clearly" posted on the train schedules.

They usually go in the back of the train (or the front) or by the poopers.
next to the pooper???kenyee
Sep 30, 2003 5:27 AM
How do you keep an expensive bike from getting stolen or trashed? :-P
Keep one eye on them! (nm)Zonic Man
Sep 30, 2003 9:20 AM
Great Stuff...Congrats & Thanks...[nm]bent_spoke
Sep 29, 2003 5:05 PM
You lucky dog...and the vacation looks good too! (nm)Crankist
Sep 30, 2003 5:40 AM