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Cross training is a good thing. In the off season I cross train one to two days a week. Usually running for about ten miles. Keep in mind that running requires the use of different muscle groups that what cycling calls for so you're not really going to gain strength by running... unless you are going up a lot of stairs or hills. As for endurance from running... not sure. It hasn't helped me any (this is where I should put some sort of quirky emoticon, but I refuse).

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just copped this Scott Reflex 60 from your friendly neighborhood crack dealer for 40$....

 

 

its worth like 300... thats a come up, even tho im sure he traDED it for a 10 piece...

 

 

you can pickem up new in a shop for $300...you'd be lucky to get $125 used.

 

as soon as spring rolls around I'm selling all my road frames...Bianchi, couple motobecanes, falcon, western flyer, fuji, takara and probably my custom ti race bike with look carbon fiber fork.

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Just watched the final stage of Tour of California. The weather sucked for the final day but the racing was awesome. Two highlights for me...

 

Local hero Doug O makes a break for it right from the get go...

 

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And Tom Zirbel of Team Bissell makes a break for it as the original break of ten guys reaches the finishing circuit. This guy hammers it for all five or six laps of the circuit and keeps the chase group of Hincapie, McCartney, Sutherland and Creed at 15 seconds for most of those laps.

 

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However, when Hincapie decided to get serious... he closed that gap in about five sconds. Ofcourse, it was with a kilometer and a half left to go. I felt super bad for Zirbel but that's racing.

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Well, he is tall. And he is super, super skinny. I mean dudes ass looks like two canned hams it's so small. His Arione seat looks like a Brooks Bros seat when he sits down. The kid is skinny. So maybe the combination of skinny + tall = big ass looking feet.

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45 mile ride today. Fixed of course. I rode with a roadie who was on a carbon Felt. Definitely a little faster pace. We threw a couple intervals in there for fun, I was spinning real fast but keeping up and maintaining.

 

Fucking new bar tape is bullshit though... some off brand with the wanna-be cork wrap. My hands were not liking it. I think I'm just gonna trash it, never fuck with a no name cheese ball brand again and just get some quality Deda wrap with gel underneath. Or Fizik wrap if I can find the shit in this town.

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I got a question for all the guys riding aluminum. What do you do to cope with the inherent harshness of the ride? Carbon stem/seatpost/fork? Lower tire pressure? Gel under the bar wrap and the best saddle you can find?

 

I ask this because I'm seriously considering selling my nice steel track frame for a Concept, and Alpenrose is a bumpy track. Also, it'd see some street riding but never anything like the long road rides I do on my KHS beater.

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Never even heard of Tour De Chicago. That definitely sucks tho.

 

Rubbish it's a great bike. IF anything.. I mean ANYTHING, just a carbon post will do the trick. Gel saddle and carbon post will make it feel like steel but dont buy it if you want it to fee like steel.

 

TdC is a series of alleycats that takes place in Chicago over the winter.

 

I'll probably go for a carbon Ritchey post if I opt for the concept. I'm not considering it in hopes that it's going to be like steel, I'm interested because it'd be a legit race machine over any steel bike I have right now and I like the aesthetics of the Concept as well over other aluminum frames. Nice clean welds. Not to mention it's possibly the best deal on an AL track frame out there. I just can't handle having a bike that I'd hate riding on the street, even if I want it for track racing. I mean I'd probably never take it for anything longer than 15-20 miles in the city, but I don't want to be sore and fatigued every time that happens or pissed off every time the pavement isn't perfecto.

 

Oh well, I'll probably bite the bullet and get it eventually. They need to drop that '08 already.

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Bianchi's distributors are fucked. They control who sells the brand and keep as close a link to bigger shops as possible. If you find a small shop selling Bianchi... chances are they're "in" with the distributor, or they sucked some dick. It's also why some shops get their shipments earlier than others. Sometimes months earlier. Bianchi needs to step in and make some changes on how their US distributor handles things.

 

Rubbish... a carbon post will help, definitely. Doesn't the Concept come with a carbon fork? Between the two you should have a pretty smooth ride on the both the road and track.

 

And I found a shot of the 2008 Concept...

 

http://www.bianchi.com/common/products2008/pdf/Catalogue2008_en.pdf

 

go to page 22

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pretty sure that is the euro market aluminum pista.

according to the US bianchi shops i have talked to the concept will look just like it did last year.

apparently the 2007 run of forks were fucked so they are working on filling all the warranty orders

before dealing with any new 2008 orders.

 

i had originally tried to get mine through a small (very small) shop in urbana.

then, after nearly a year of waiting, put a deposit on one at a shop up here.

 

the owner in urbana was so tired of talking to them, and he swears by bianchi,

that he gave my girl the warehouses number and told her to start calling.

 

it was supposed to be a b-day gift last summer.

then an xmas gift, then a valentine...

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Bianchi's distributors are fucked. They control who sells the brand and keep as close a link to bigger shops as possible. If you find a small shop selling Bianchi... chances are they're "in" with the distributor, or they sucked some dick. It's also why some shops get their shipments earlier than others. Sometimes months earlier. Bianchi needs to step in and make some changes on how their US distributor handles things.

 

Rubbish... a carbon post will help, definitely. Doesn't the Concept come with a carbon fork? Between the two you should have a pretty smooth ride on the both the road and track.

 

And I found a shot of the 2008 Concept...

 

http://www.bianchi.com/common/products2008/pdf/Catalogue2008_en.pdf

 

go to page 22

 

That one on pg. 22 is the D2 Pista Aluminum... I've heard one rumor that Bianchi is replacing the Concept with that in '08 (making Bianchi one of the dumbest companies ever... seeing as what the demand for Concepts are at right now) and I've heard another rumor that Concepts are back in '08 and the D2 Aluminum for for overseas market.

 

Either way, back to back the Concept looks a bit nicer than D2. As far as performance, who knows.

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Bianchi's distributors are fucked. They control who sells the brand and keep as close a link to bigger shops as possible. If you find a small shop selling Bianchi... chances are they're "in" with the distributor, or they sucked some dick. It's also why some shops get their shipments earlier than others. Sometimes months earlier. Bianchi needs to step in and make some changes on how their US distributor handles things.

 

Rubbish... a carbon post will help, definitely. Doesn't the Concept come with a carbon fork? Between the two you should have a pretty smooth ride on the both the road and track.

 

And I found a shot of the 2008 Concept...

 

http://www.bianchi.com/common/products2008/pdf/Catalogue2008_en.pdf

 

go to page 22

 

That one on pg. 22 is the D2 Pista Aluminum... I've heard one rumor that Bianchi is replacing the Concept with that in '08 (making Bianchi one of the dumbest companies ever... seeing as what the demand for Concepts are at right now) and I've heard another rumor that Concepts are back in '08 and the D2 Aluminum for for overseas market.

 

Either way, back to back the Concept looks a bit nicer than D2. As far as performance, who knows.

 

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didn't know futura 2000 was a messenger in new york in the 80's? anyways here's some "work" he did on some guys bike.

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That COULD just be a non-american english catalog. The concept's a namesake/paintscheme exclusive to Bianchi's american distributor. Either way I'm not sure how you improve on last year's concept. Geometry looks changed but that could just be to make up for taking out the seat tube cutout.

 

Looks to me like they discontinued some of the tubing and stretched the tubing they used further across the lineup. Bianchi likes to stretch a buck but I doubt they'd diregard quality. Like you said it might even be better.

 

The build on that bike looks pretty afterthought-ish. "oh we have this mavic contract again, lets throw some elipses on it." "Oh why even bother putting deda drops, just use these ergo bars we put on everything else." Which is fine because Im pretty sure they know they've got the best fucking shop floor setup for that price. Those carbon pro cranks are pretty nice too. I know they retail for more than the SG75s, but why, I have no clue.

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