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Old 04-22-14, 05:41 AM
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Originally Posted by m_b_b View Post
Longtime lurker, very infrequent poster. Happy to see this thread back, so thought I'd put myself up for criticism to show my support. This is a bit older, and might fit better in the budget hot or not, but it's mine.

Budget or not, it's hot
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Old 04-22-14, 05:44 AM
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Thanks everyone one for the comments, better reception than I was expecting. Of course there will always be someone who isn't comfortable enough in their manhood for celeste.

As for the tape, the fizik stuff actually stays surprisingly clean. Quick wipe down after a ride keeps it looking pretty new.
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Old 04-22-14, 06:30 AM
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very bueno (but it may be time to do some yard work)
I've accepted the fact that the bit where my dogs do their business will never sustain grass growth.
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Old 04-22-14, 06:40 AM
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Longtime lurker, very infrequent poster. Happy to see this thread back, so thought I'd put myself up for criticism to show my support. This is a bit older, and might fit better in the budget hot or not, but it's mine.

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Finally got some bar tape on the Scapin. All she needs now is a proper seat binder bolt...

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Old 04-22-14, 07:02 AM
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^^^^
what he said
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This is a sick looking bike but seems to need a bit of color somewhere to accent. The touches on the shifters and crank don't seem quite enough or maybe those touches are more noticeable in person. Matching skewers or barrel adjusters might be the ticket. In any case, it's still hot. Better wear oven mitts and asbestos shorts when you ride.
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Originally Posted by Raedyn View Post
Budget or not, it's hot
A Bianchi is budget? Really? On what planet? Even their steel bikes are over a grand.
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Old 04-22-14, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
A Bianchi is budget? Really? On what planet? Even their steel bikes are over a grand.
There is a budget hot r not thread floating around that has a $2k price cap. So...on planet 41, Bianchis can be budget
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Old 04-22-14, 09:11 AM
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Originally Posted by bikerjp View Post
This is a sick looking bike but seems to need a bit of color somewhere to accent. The touches on the shifters and crank don't seem quite enough or maybe those touches are more noticeable in person. Matching skewers or barrel adjusters might be the ticket. In any case, it's still hot. Better wear oven mitts and asbestos shorts when you ride.
There's definitely a lack of color. Could do something with the skewers or the Nokon housing links.
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Old 04-22-14, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by ConGrUenCy View Post
To be fair, I'm sure someone with a normally setup bike would be a better cyclist than someone with their hoods higher than his saddle.
Well.........to be fair....I just got it....haven't done setup yet......still working on it......
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Old 04-22-14, 09:35 AM
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Bike is hot, although I'd love to see more color somewhere! But that saddle, yikes! Maybe it's just the angle, but it looks tilted up in the front to me! Ouch!
Originally Posted by m_b_b View Post
Longtime lurker, very infrequent poster. Happy to see this thread back, so thought I'd put myself up for criticism to show my support. This is a bit older, and might fit better in the budget hot or not, but it's mine.

I love this bike! To me this wouldn't whip my head around, but a really nice bike nonetheless. I'm not drooling but rather doing a slow golf clap. Nicely done. I'm going to assume the celeste bar tape matches the celeste in the frame (cuz the photo looks like a slightly different color)

And cuz I have to chime in, obviously some people have a much more aggressive fit than others on here (me included) and I can't say that I don't admire that. I'm in my 40's and don't spend enough time cycling and will never have enough time to get that fit and the bars lowered so far, even though I'm slim. So good for them, and yeah, the bikes do look a little hotter to me like that, but mine will never be that way, unless I flip my stem just for a photo. (which is highly unlikely to happen) Does that mean they are a better cyclist than me?? Um, yes. Yes, it does. And I'm good with that!
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Old 04-22-14, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by kcollier5 View Post
Bike is hot, although I'd love to see more color somewhere! But that saddle, yikes! Maybe it's just the angle, but it looks tilted up in the front to me! Ouch!
It's the angle and the lens I used. The saddle is level nose-to-tail
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Old 04-22-14, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by zymphad View Post
A Bianchi is budget? Really? On what planet? Even their steel bikes are over a grand.
Take a deep breath and see if you can follow my logic. I never said the Bianchi was budget. The original poster said; "This is a bit older, and might fit better in the budget hot or not, but it's mine." My point is--regardless of how one might categorize it, it's a hot bike.
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Old 04-22-14, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by kcollier5 View Post
Bike is hot, although I'd love to see more color somewhere! But that saddle, yikes! Maybe it's just the angle, but it looks tilted up in the front to me! Ouch!
...so besides the saddle to hood relationship, I also cannot tilt my saddle backward slightly for balance ? I learn so much useful stuff in road.
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Old 04-22-14, 01:25 PM
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...so besides the saddle to hood relationship, I also cannot tilt my saddle backward slightly for balance ? I learn so much useful stuff in road.
You're behind in your tuition, by the way. Please remit.
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...so besides the saddle to hood relationship, I also cannot tilt my saddle backward slightly for balance ? I learn so much useful stuff in road.
No need to be tetchy--my pointing out that the lens I used, combined with the angle of the shot, gave the saddle a nose-up appearance is nothing more than a clarification.
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...so besides the saddle to hood relationship, I also cannot tilt my saddle backward slightly for balance ? I learn so much useful stuff in road.
Slightly tilted up is only allowed with Brooks (or Ideale, or Wright, or...). Something tells me you wouldn't be too opposed to rolling Brooks on yer roadies, though.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...so besides the saddle to hood relationship, I also cannot tilt my saddle backward slightly for balance ? I learn so much useful stuff in road.
You may tilt your saddle on a 45 if you so desire. Do what you will, that one just looked like it might be painful. However, bd assured us it is level and only LOOKS like it's tilted up due to the angle of the photo taken. Btw, the guy I bought my bike from had the saddle tilted downwards about 10 degrees. Pretty steep and loved it and raced it that way. So if he's winning, then it works! But tilted up? Like I said, ouch.
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That's quite a collection of retro hotties.

Even the Trek.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets View Post
Slightly tilted up is only allowed with Brooks (or Ideale, or Wright, or...). Something tells me you wouldn't be too opposed to rolling Brooks on yer roadies, though.
...sorry, I just cannot deal with all that extra weight.
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You're behind in your tuition, by the way. Please remit.
...have the fees gone up as well this semester ?
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Originally Posted by kcollier5 View Post
You may tilt your saddle on a 45 if you so desire. Do what you will, that one just looked like it might be painful. However, bd assured us it is level and only LOOKS like it's tilted up due to the angle of the photo taken. Btw, the guy I bought my bike from had the saddle tilted downwards about 10 degrees. Pretty steep and loved it and raced it that way. So if he's winning, then it works! But tilted up? Like I said, ouch.
...seriously, how is point of balance in the saddle related to an aesthetic judgement of hot or not ? Inquiring minds want to know. #not_touchy_or_feely
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...so besides the saddle to hood relationship, I also cannot tilt my saddle backward slightly for balance ? I learn so much useful stuff in road.
Tilted up is for democrats, tilted down is for republicans...level for independents.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
...seriously, how is point of balance in the saddle related to an aesthetic judgement of hot or not ? Inquiring minds want to know. #not_touchy_or_feely
If your saddle is level it means your mind is also level. Haven't you ever heard the term 'level headed'?
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