... But the lightest bike I have and fun as heck to ride (^_^)*
My beloved Bianchi of 12 yrs, of which I sweat and bled with over hundreds of thousands of miles, was stolen several yrs ago along with my heart. After a year of mourning I decided to find another lover to share my sweaty butt crack, so began my search. I sat on everything (that I could afford) but the Italian girl was once again the best fit.
Took me 8 months the build, I think she's beautiful.
-Bianchi 928 Lugged 55cm
-Sram RED Groupset
-Reynolds Stratus DV46C
-Easton EC90 SLX3 (May ditch for an aluminum deep drop cause the Easton is flexy) (Now Deda Elementi Deep Drop)
-Campagnolo Record Carbon seat post (Now 3T DORIC TEAM)
-Selle San Marco Aspide Ti Rails (Now Black & Red Arione Wing Flex)
-Zipp bottle cages (Now Arundel)-->(Now Cinelli Ram)
-Crap LOOK HSC stem (waiting for something longer and more aggressive angle) (Now 3T Arx-Team 140mm -17°)
-DA 7810 pedals
-Salsa Flipoffs stainless steel (Now KCNC skewers)
-CatEye Strada Wireless
-Parlee Front Derailleur Clamp
-Woodman Death Grip SL Ti Seatpost Clamp
Weight 16.22 lbs Now 15.5 lbs
This photo was taken after her maiden ride. My gripes so far from 2hrs of riding are...
-Cranks/BB seems flexier than Dura Ace ones. Rode this frame with DA 7800 and there was no chain rub on front derailleur .
-Easton bars are flexy as hell.
-front derailleur trim was difficult to get right (4 my dumb ass).
I love the...
-Break levers, breaks, rear derailleur
Suggestions and shit talking welcome (^_^)
BTW, Thanks everyone for giving me inspiration with all the great bikes in this forum. And thanks to all who responded to my PMs.
EDIT UPDATE 05-13-08
These were taken tonight after tennis.
I finally got the 3T stem and cut the steer tube. Front end stiffness has increased, feels like night and day compared to the LOOK stem. I still find myself way too high and may go with Deda Pista or a deeper bar. 13 yrs of riding custom stems, it's hard to get comfortable on common angles and lengths.
Any suggestions on lightening this ride up? I think a newer seat post is the next upgrade. I’m afraid to turn this bike into more of a frankenbike though.
Anyway, hope you enjoyed the bike porn (^_^)
PS: If anyones in the U-District and wanna play tennis give me a PM.
EDIT UPDATE 07-30-08
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http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a239/ ... CN2077.jpg
I had to go back to the old Belgian style bars, 20+ yrs riding them, I couldn't ride anatomic.
I might move the saddles nose down about 2mm and raise the seat post a few more mm. With my slight lordotic curve that nose can smash my prostate and I don't feel 100% in my power zone.
Any tips on losing more weight without sacrificing durability?
I purchased this LOOK about 13-14yrs ago. We shared many yrs of blood, sweat, tears of pain and joy together. But she is now retired to light winter use.
If any of you old timers can figure out her designation (KG585,586,171,blah,blah...), I will give you a juicy virtual kiss as a prize.
Don't get too close to the cage...