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Old 06-06-2005, 11:07 AM
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Bianchi has a nice SS line. Reasonably priced and spec'd well.

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Old 06-06-2005, 11:50 AM
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Bianchi has a nice SS line. Reasonably priced and spec'd well.
The pista looks beautiful. I don't know about locking it up at school though. I think that one would be a goner for sure. Stunning though.
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Old 06-06-2005, 02:50 PM
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Pista's 'only' like $500 or so.
Don't get a cable lock or inexpensive u-bolt. Easily defeated. Check Kryptonite's New York locks. They're pretty unbustable. Thieves hit campuses pretty regularly because it's easy pickings.

Surly bikes are popular single speeds around here as well.

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Old 06-06-2005, 03:15 PM
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Anyone still in school who feels they need a $1,000 bike has got their priorities all wrong....A $200 bike is just as good, is far less likely to get stollen and if it is big deal...you buy another one.
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Old 06-06-2005, 10:31 PM
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Are they hard to ride? I would be afraid I would burst me arse.
A little, at first.

Remember when you were a little kid, and you first learned how to "ride a bike"?

You were wobbly at first. Same here. You'll experience the same thing all over again

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Old 06-06-2005, 11:29 PM
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Anyone still in school who feels they need a $1,000 bike has got their priorities all wrong....A $200 bike is just as good, is far less likely to get stollen and if it is big deal...you buy another one.
If that were the case, we'd all be driving Toyota Echos.
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Old 06-06-2005, 11:39 PM
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If that were the case, we'd all be driving Toyota Echos.
most of us are out of school and have the loans paid off......WE are in the situation to afford an obvious extravagance...
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I can't think of the brands but there have been several nice riding folding bikes.
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Old 06-07-2005, 01:41 AM
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I can't think of the brands but there have been several nice riding folding bikes.
Yeah, I know they're more popular in Europe. I just can't justify gaining portability and losing structural rigidity while adding weight. Although my sister in Sveisse has a folding bike and she seems quite happy with it. It's easy to store in her apartment.

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most of us are out of school and have the loans paid off......WE are in the situation to afford an obvious extravagance...
I'm in school, but I have 2.5 jobs. My full-time job is working in commercial realty, my second is RF electronics, and I help my wife out with her skincare line. I never earned a degree. As a kid, I was always too busy paying the rent. I always said that once I had enough time and money on my hands, I would pursue a degree. My RF business developed a small but loyal customer following (mostly antenna installers that purchase my hand-made amplifiers and satellite accessories), and the commercialreal estate takes less than 10 hours a week. So I have plenty of time to go to school and work toward that BS I always wanted.
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By the way, anyone have any thoughts on Miyata bikes?
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Old 06-07-2005, 09:29 AM
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I'm in school, but I have 2.5 jobs. My full-time job is working in commercial realty, my second is RF electronics, and I help my wife out with her skincare line. I never earned a degree. As a kid, I was always too busy paying the rent. I always said that once I had enough time and money on my hands, I would pursue a degree. My RF business developed a small but loyal customer following (mostly antenna installers that purchase my hand-made amplifiers and satellite accessories), and the commercialreal estate takes less than 10 hours a week. So I have plenty of time to go to school and work toward that BS I always wanted.
OK..I thought you miht be a 19 something full time student....your situation does change the perspective a bit. Too many college students think they are deserving of champaign tastes when they are on generic beer budgets...and run their finances in the hole in the process.

But becasue of the theft issue with unattended bikes I do still firmly assert a $200 bike is a far better choice if its to be riden to school. For recreational rideing where its rarely unattended for long then a nicer bike makes sense.

I mean if you owned a Ferrari you wouldn't leave it parked on the street in the bad part of town for long periods unattended now would you?
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Old 06-07-2005, 12:27 PM
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Bianchi has a nice SS line. Reasonably priced and spec'd well.

Bianchi GUSS

Bianchi SAAS

Bianchi Pista
Maybe I'm just to damn old-- I remember the Bianchi of old, when they made only great road racing frames and had that familar Bianchi green paint. Don't get me wrong, these bikes look great. But Bianchi, like Raleigh, sold out a few years back to make lesser quality bikes to capture more of the market. I just hate to see an old art die out to make more sales. TREK did the same thing.
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Old 06-07-2005, 01:14 PM
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Bianchi's 'celeste' (turquoise) paint is still their signature color and shows up on their frames/ promotional literature, etc. Still make great road frames. Their MTB frames are well regarded.

Like most industries, there's been a huge consolidation amonst the larger bike companies. Trek now owns several other brands.

There's quite a few small-production brands out there turning out some great stuff. The machining, craftsmanship (and price!) is exceptional. Seven Cycles is one such brand.
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Old 06-07-2005, 03:42 PM
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I'm looking to get a decent road bike for the summer so I can ride to school and back. Any of u guys run any road bikes, preferrably SS (single speed) ?

Anyone ever hear of Jeunet? I'm thinking of getting a used one that's a single speed conversion.

I really want a bianchi but it doesn't look like i'll be able to afford the price tag. ...even for a used one.

If you guys have any opinions on these "courier" bikes, please share.

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I bought a used Diamondback a while ago that I'm happy with.

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