Friday, October 2, 2009

Interbike Expo Part 4

We've always been Bianchi fans. We still have a couple of them residing at Heather's folk's place in Santa Barbara to ride during our visits there. It doesn't hurt that one of our Italian cycling friend's family is very close to Felice Gimondi, who remains a celebrity spokesman for the brand. Recently Bianchi's been through a rebirth of interest in the US via the hipster/fixter fad--their Pista models are highly coveted by those folks. In the past few years I've thought they have way too many models with little difference between many of them. This DOLOMITI model is special though--steel with chromed headtube lugs, room for fatter tires and even fender eyelets! They equipped it with Campagnolo's new Athena 11-speed group as well. There are a few components I'd change if one were to find its way into my collection but overall it's a beautiful homage to their heritage and history that can be ridden every day.

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