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Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:18 am
by kman
now THAT is a good looking bike!
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Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:34 am
by curlymcbird
richardtoddywoddy wrote:
LJ wrote:Tenax...

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I'll have one of these please. Size 57cm (do they do that?) Many thanks :D


Make that 2.... Please :D except a 55-56



I wish..... :D

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 11:34 am
by Weenie

Posted: Tue Jan 17, 2006 12:39 pm
by TunedCannondaleR700
That would be one to many pinarellos for you LJ :lol:

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:36 am
by LJ
TunedCannondaleR700 wrote:That would be one to many pinarellos for you LJ :lol:


I know the orange is an acquired taste, but green? :shock:

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:45 am
by bike_add1ct
The white/green colour scheme reminds me of some design computer or something... not bikes. Though I love Opera & Pina, this one doesn't quite do it for me.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 12:49 am
by Warblade
That green colour reminds me of the Liqui-Gas team. Sweet bike though! I got to see Illes-Balears up close and personal when I was at the 2005 Tour de France.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:58 am
by homegrown
anyone know if that unpainted bianchi is available to the public?

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:46 am
by bianchista
homegrown wrote:anyone know if that unpainted bianchi is available to the public?

Not at present, no. Bianchi are still producing the 2005 Liquigas Protour coloured FG Lite Aluminium & 928 Carbon L...

If you are in America, which I presume you are (AOL email address), there is a practical impossibility of getting this particular limited edition frameset.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:19 am
by Tsielio
smart guys @ trek
they let hincapie ride his normal bike - comfortable enough + stiff
after the race they put a bit of mud on a softtail roadbike and give it to hincapie to ride to the podium (no number on his bike)
this was during the race:
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/images/g ... 03_jpg.htm
no softtail at all...
i saw better pictures in the australian ride magazine
but this was the first one i found on the internet

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:07 pm
by yourdaguy
Good catch Tseilio..

The unpainted Bianchi would be possible by taking a painted Bianchi and sand blasting the paint off. If you plan to ride it much and sweat on it you will need to annodize the entire frame to prevent corrosion. When you are done, the frame is usually around 100 grams lighter.

This would obviously be a huge amount of work and it would be way easier to get a frame from the manufacturer that had not been painted yet. Our tandem frame is annodized and it is more resistant to scratches than paint. Being a tandem Santana claims that it saves over 200 grams compaired to paint. Santana is the only manufacturer I am aware of that offers a frame from the manufacturer annodized. I can post a picture if anyone wants one.

I have never seen a bike annodized in colors like they do with small parts, but I don't see why they couldn't annodize an entire frame with a tint. I think the main issue would be cost to have annodizing set up to do parts the size of a frame and also to have different vats for different colors. If a manufacturer was to set up to annodize frames they would probably only offer one color due to cost (Santana only offers clear annodizing), but I think a red annodized Bianchi frame would be the bomb!

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:41 pm
by divve
Tsielio wrote:smart guys @ trek
they let hincapie ride his normal bike - comfortable enough + stiff
after the race they put a bit of mud on a softtail roadbike and give it to hincapie to ride to the podium (no number on his bike)
this was during the race:
http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/images/g ... 03_jpg.htm
no softtail at all...
i saw better pictures in the australian ride magazine
but this was the first one i found on the internet


Last year during P-R I swore I saw no damper and the commentary confirmed, but I couldn't find any pictures to prove it in a discussion here.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:48 pm
by divve
yourdaguy wrote:The unpainted Bianchi would be possible by taking a painted Bianchi and sand blasting the paint off. If you plan to ride it much and sweat on it you will need to annodize the entire frame to prevent corrosion.


I think it may be possible to ball burnish it as well. I have a unpainted CAAD7 with that treatment and it doesn't appear to corrode either.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 3:59 pm
by turbo pepper
On the Hincapie/Trek bike subject, a quote from George (from here)

“I don’t notice it on the road but it glides on the cobbles”

No wonder he didn't notice it:

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Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 4:01 pm
by NS
yourdaguy wrote:Good catch Tseilio..


I have never seen a bike annodized in colors like they do with small parts, but I don't see why they couldn't annodize an entire frame with a tint. I think the main issue would be cost to have annodizing set up to do parts the size of a frame and also to have different vats for different colors. If a manufacturer was to set up to annodize frames they would probably only offer one color due to cost (Santana only offers clear annodizing), but I think a red annodized Bianchi frame would be the bomb!


Principia used to do this in various colours.

Perhaps explains why they were less than profitable.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:47 pm
by yourdaguy
Bare aluminum corrodes almost immediately with contact to ordinary air. The product of that corrosion is very hard. I think it has the same hardness as a ruby. It is also very thin (I think like 4 atoms thick) so it is easily scratched or penetrated by repeated exposure to salts, etc. Annodizing is a method of making this corrosion deeper and harder so that it is harder to penetrate and get to the aluminum below. Ball burnishing aluminum would be somewhere between bare aluminum and annodizing as far as protection goes. The main problem with ball burnishing is that is can't be done in all the little spots such as where the cable guides stick out of the frame tubes. I would suspect that if you ride the CAAD7 very much and sweat on it that over time you will develope corrosion at the cable stops and places like that. One way to mostly solve this problem would be to coat just those areas that the balls can't touch with a clear coat of some kind. It would hardly be noticable and would prevent most things from getting to the aluminum below.

Posted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:47 pm
by Weenie