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Old 04-08-15, 03:09 PM
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$200 windsor the hour. Going to use it as a grocery getter.
Waiting for: front brake, free wheel, 32mm tires, top tube brake cable clips.
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Old 04-08-15, 03:35 PM
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i got a 32mm black pasela if you want it, unused
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Finished up the Paddy Wagon just in time for spring
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Originally Posted by kizale View Post
Finished up the Paddy Wagon just in time for spring
Lookin' sharp!

11/10 would ride
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
Lookin' sharp!

11/10 would ride
Thanks man. It's my first fg/ss build, setup to be an all rounder to complement my road bike and 29er.
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2009 Kona Paddy wagon frame and fork
Mavic cxp22 rims/ Surley hubs/ conti touring plus 32c tires
stock bars and levers wrapped in serfas yellow tape
Race face 90 stem
crane creek headset
stock brakes with jagwire cables and kool stop pads
stock seat post and clamp with velo seat/ kinda soft because I'm planning on most rides around town without bike shorts
stock FSA gossamer crank with sugino 46t chain ring
shimano 18t freewheel/17t cog
shimano a530 dual spd/flat pedals
kmc 710sl nickel chain
cheap bottle cage

This forum has been a big help in picking components and getting it together..
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Thanks @Mumonkan I ordered a pair when I ordered the bike, thanks for the offer though.
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Originally Posted by AristoNYC View Post
$200 windsor the hour. Going to use it as a grocery getter.
Waiting for: front brake, free wheel, 32mm tires, top tube brake cable clips.
That was truly a great deal. Those bikes are really solid with no junk parts. I did well with mine that cost only $170. The first pic is how mine looked completely stock out of the box when I first got it.

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Old 04-09-15, 04:57 AM
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Jensen

My Jensen. First FG bike I've ever had and ridden.



It's since been fitted with new all-black Conti tires.
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Old 04-09-15, 06:20 AM
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Good looking bike^^^
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Old 04-09-15, 01:33 PM
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Originally Posted by AristoNYC View Post
$200 windsor the hour. Going to use it as a grocery getter.
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That was truly a great deal. Those bikes are really solid with no junk parts.
I wonder if I could get $200 for my Hour? Although, I have to say, it does make a nice beater bike that I don't worry too much about when I lock it up.
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Old 04-09-15, 01:37 PM
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I wonder if I could get $200 for my Hour? Although, I have to say, it does make a nice beater bike that I don't worry too much about when I lock it up.
That's the whole point.
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Old 04-09-15, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by TejanoTrackie View Post
That's the whole point.
I'm just ready for something new. Get rid of one beater for another beater, haha.
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Old 04-09-15, 02:27 PM
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It's since been fitted with new all-black Conti tires.
That's too bad
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Old 04-09-15, 05:56 PM
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That's too bad
Nah, man, I really didn't fancy the bright color on the original tires. Plus, the rear one was an old chinese no-name something that gave me a puncture on my first ride. I really dig the all-black look.

If that's what ya meant
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Old 04-11-15, 09:25 PM
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I like seeing 'before and after' photos and thought others here might, too. Here's an old shot of my bike that I recently came across that I had taken when I first got it. I made some changes...



Counting the ways:

- Black tires replaced with gumwalls
- Velocity Deep Vs laced to ... ? (don't remember) replaced with H+ Son TB14s laced to Miche Primato track hubs. Silver hubs and spokes.
- Brake added (necessary evil for this commuter)
- Sugino 75 replaced with IRD Defiant. It just looks 'right' in all the ways that the Sugino doesn't.
- Power Grips replaced with MKS clips and Zefal Christophe straps
- Ugly, crappy, no-name seatpost replaced with not-ugly, slightly-less-crappy Velo Orange seatpost
- Ugly, crappy Specialized saddle replaced with tasty Selle San Marco Concor Supercorsa
- Bianchi ITM stem with detachable face plate replaced with Cinelli 1R stem (also tasty)
- Chopped and flipped Bontrager drops replaced with Nitto RB-002
- Cinelli cork tape held together with electrical tape replaced with Cinelli Caleido tape

As she sits today:



Very happy with how she looks now. Not perfect, and some compromises have been made in the name of functionality (aforementioned brake, would love to run Veloflexes or Vittorias but don't want to suffer a puncture on the way to work (always a hazard on our perennially sh*tty NYC streets), etc.) but overall pretty pleased.
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Old 04-11-15, 10:12 PM
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When I was having issues with the BB fit for the Sugino 75 crank arms I decided to replace it with the IRD Defiant. I saw someone mention it here and decided to check out the crankset and liked it. Luckily, the store I ordered the bottom bracket from let me exchange the one I ordered (108 ISO) for the one that fits the IRD crankset (111 JIS). I agree that the IRD Defiant looks right for it. I'll just save the silver Sugino 75 crank arms for a future bike, match it with a silver 44rn (aarn?) chainring and I think it looks sick.

Classy bike man!
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Old 04-11-15, 10:56 PM
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looks a lot better with the changes you've made
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Just sayin' but you know lee, although very unlikely, if you ever get tired of that there eco-pista and want to sell it, we ride around the same size.
I'm serious.
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one day ill post all the atrocious outfits ive had my bk dressed up in... been itchin for risers (its been so long) , n tossed some on the bk. riding is fun again. wheelies!

^^^ eco pista brings a pretty penny nowadays---- not cannondale track pretty, but purty.
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Originally Posted by leegf View Post
I like seeing 'before and after' photos and thought others here might, too. Here's an old shot of my bike that I recently came across that I had taken when I first got it. I made some changes...



Counting the ways:

- Black tires replaced with gumwalls
- Velocity Deep Vs laced to ... ? (don't remember) replaced with H+ Son TB14s laced to Miche Primato track hubs. Silver hubs and spokes.
- Brake added (necessary evil for this commuter)
- Sugino 75 replaced with IRD Defiant. It just looks 'right' in all the ways that the Sugino doesn't.
- Power Grips replaced with MKS clips and Zefal Christophe straps
- Ugly, crappy, no-name seatpost replaced with not-ugly, slightly-less-crappy Velo Orange seatpost
- Ugly, crappy Specialized saddle replaced with tasty Selle San Marco Concor Supercorsa
- Bianchi ITM stem with detachable face plate replaced with Cinelli 1R stem (also tasty)
- Chopped and flipped Bontrager drops replaced with Nitto RB-002
- Cinelli cork tape held together with electrical tape replaced with Cinelli Caleido tape

As she sits today:



Very happy with how she looks now. Not perfect, and some compromises have been made in the name of functionality (aforementioned brake, would love to run Veloflexes or Vittorias but don't want to suffer a puncture on the way to work (always a hazard on our perennially sh*tty NYC streets), etc.) but overall pretty pleased.
Have you been having any issues with the brake wear on the anodized surface of your Tb14s? I'm starting to notice some discoloration on mine, however I dont often use my brake. Its sorta just there "incase"
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Originally Posted by Leukybear View Post
Just sayin' but you know lee, although very unlikely, if you ever get tired of that there eco-pista and want to sell it, we ride around the same size.
I'm serious.
Noted. I haven't forgotten

It's a Pista and not an Eco Pista, by the way. I believe that was earlier on when Bianchi produced both the Eco Pista and the Super Pista. By 1986 I believe they did away with that and only offered the one model.

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Have you been having any issues with the brake wear on the anodized surface of your Tb14s? I'm starting to notice some discoloration on mine, however I dont often use my brake. Its sorta just there "incase"
Yes, brakes definitely wear away the ano and mine are already starting to fail. Wet conditions, trying to clean the rim, etc. only make it worse. I believe the only way this can be avoided is to run ceramic rims.
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Noted. I haven't forgotten

It's a Pista and not an Eco Pista, by the way. I believe that was earlier on when Bianchi produced both the Eco Pista and the Super Pista. By 1986 I believe they did away with that and only offered the one model.



Yes, brakes definitely wear away the ano and mine are already starting to fail. Wet conditions, trying to clean the rim, etc. only make it worse. I believe the only way this can be avoided is to run ceramic rims.
It might not be 100% correct but if it's steel w/ celeste paint & classic decals & lugs it's an eco-pista/ best pista in my book. Piaggio or not.
Simply calling it a pista would do it a disservice by incorporating it with the modern uni-crown POS pista's


Ceramic rims are no better. Friction wrecks havoc on all rim coatings. Riding in wet conditions only accelerates wear of the coating as the brake dust & road grime essentially wet sands the brake surface every time you stop.
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my ceramic rims are still that blackish metallic grey and theyre at least 10 yrs old, they annihilate pads tho.
waiting to see how long these green pads last, they certainly make enough dust.
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my ceramic rims are still that blackish metallic grey and theyre at least 10 yrs old, they annihilate pads tho.
waiting to see how long these green pads last, they certainly make enough dust.
Those pads are just the worst..... White sticky powder everywhere.

Stopping power also "fades" a whole lot sooner under heavier/ sudden braking.
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i didnt notice till i was cleaning schmutz off the bike from my ride the other day, brushed off the pads with a toothbrush and a cloud of crap came flying off i stepped back and was just like oh. so thats a thing i guess.
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