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Weekend silly this.(16 posts)

Weekend silly this.MrCelloBoy
Oct 27, 2003 10:20 AM
Rode in the 90 degree heat both days here in Northern CA.
Yesterday was great. Rode my Bianchi Milano 45 miles (Healdsburg and back). Drafted some friends on a tandem for a bit and drafted a surprised roadie the last 2-miles into Healdsburg. It's a kick keeping up with unsuspecting mortals on what looks like a grocery-getter.

All these sled-miles are going to build me some quads for the road bike and tandem rides.

I picked up a nice bell and some red "dice" valve caps for the Milano.
Oct 27, 2003 10:26 AM
Yes, I got some looks a couple of years ago when I rode my Milano up Tollhouse Grade (part of Climb to Kaiser -- 2800 feet in 6 miles), passing the likes of a guy on Merlin. I tried to keep my effort disguised as I passed, though.

What's with the heat? 90's all week here, too.

Oh, if you haven't, get the Celeste fenders for the Milano, too. Adds a nice touch. Even better with a baby carrier on the back.

Oct 27, 2003 10:30 AM
I did get the fenders from Bianchi Doug (actually before the bike arrived). I've added the Performance rack and a wire basket. Let's rock and roll this year on the SRCC Wine Country Century... see if we can round up some more Milano's and pull some wild paceline action.

Here's a pic before the rack and basket were put on.
now that's a fine looking bikeDougSloan
Oct 27, 2003 10:53 AM
Don't know why I would say that...

Well, it'll get noticed, that's for sure ...Humma Hah
Oct 27, 2003 3:21 PM
I'm still trying to get used to the Celeste/red combo you guys seem to like.

Frankly, the Milano is a bit light and has too many gears for my tastes, but I'd be more accepting if you guys would actually take 'em out on some LONG rides. I do like the chainguard and kickstand on this one, though!

It's made in Silver/red as well (nm)ColnagoFE
Oct 27, 2003 3:56 PM
Oct 27, 2003 11:00 AM
If I didn't already have 2 cruisers I'd definately consider that one. Cruisers rock for riding around town. Don't think I'd want to do a century on one though. Maybe if it had some gears like the Milano though...
century smenturySteve_0
Oct 27, 2003 11:06 AM
...saw a dude do Kona IM on a basketed-coastered-cruiser in '96. traditional native head-dress and all.

Finished very respectably around 12 hours, too. amazing
yeah there is always one crazy dude like thatColnagoFE
Oct 27, 2003 11:47 AM
Last few Triple Bypasses (a local 120M road ride in CO with LOTS of climbing) there was a guy who did the ride on a Schwinn Stingray. Think it was the single speed version even.
7-speed internal is just a start...MrCelloBoy
Oct 27, 2003 12:06 PM
I ran into a buddy on Sat. who built his own recumbent. it has a Rohloff hub with, better sit down...

22 speeds internal! Apparently they go for about $800.

I have him beat on the drum brake though.
7-speed internal is just a start...MrCelloBoy
Oct 27, 2003 12:09 PM
Ooops, make that 14 speeds. My brain musta shrted.
take a look at the diagram.....mattvargus
Oct 27, 2003 12:30 PM
....of that monsterous rohloff hub on their website. looks like a joy to rebuild should anything ever go wrong with it.
The 14 has more usable gears than a 24, though ...Humma Hah
Oct 27, 2003 3:24 PM
... no crossed-up combinations lost, and no duplication of gears, and they're more evenly spaced.

The last time I checked, those 14-speeds were closer to $1500, so that's not a bad price.
I've ridden one of thoseColnagoFE
Oct 27, 2003 1:37 PM
crazy ranges you can get from them...good for climbing in those things for sure.
Stingray guytheBreeze
Oct 27, 2003 3:25 PM
If you saw him on the Triple Bypass, then I bet I know who it was. Can't remember his name off hand, but he's from Denver and comes down to ride the Santa Fe Century, on the Stingray. I passed him on Heartbreak Hill last year and was amazed. Then ran into him again on Coal Bank Pass during the '02 Bicycle Tour of Colorado. Ended up chatting with him at a rest stop. He was just weird enough to be interesting, but not scary.

This guy's Stingray is a 5 speed, with that cool shifter that looks like a 5 speed auto shift knob.
Here's one of my MS150 Team Mates at the start lineScot_Gore
Oct 27, 2003 8:27 PM