Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Bianchi home delivery ride

so last weekend I finally finished the Bianchi and
had to deliver it to its new owner
150km away

so early one Sunday morning I met my good bike friend Vit
and like all good explorers
caught the train half way...

it was a perfect autumn day...

with lots to see and reasons to stop

as we were trying to keep of the main highway
we came across lots of gravel
the Bianchi with 25mm tyres being exactly the wrong bike for the job
this section above was
while picturesque
quite boringly corrugated

this section wasn't so bad

coffee break
at your usual country town mixed business
at about this point I was so hungry I could have eaten some antiques actually

headwind was constant
note to self and others:
never ride west out of Melbourne

at one point we swapped shoes and bikes
Vit wore my new Puma tourers on the Bianchi
and I wore his Shimano SPDs on the Raleigh Super Tourer

my feelings about my first experience with clipless stuff is a whole 'nother post

handmade house and vintage Peugeot

more gravel which Bianchi handled OK
had some smooth channels compared to the corrugations of earlier
normally a job for >38mm tyres

last big rise
on the home straight
but close to bonking

a welcome downhill run
by now
although we didn't know it yet
our arms and legs were seriously sunburnt

handover to the delighted new owner
and a well deserved chicken curry
scoffed down like a caveman

final spec list:

frame and fork Bianchi Super Corsa (Superleggera?) lugged steel, Columbus (SL?) tubing

wheels Ukai 25mm double wall rims, Shimano 105 hubs

brakes Dia Compe aero brake levers, Shimano 105 sidepull calipers

crankset Suntour Superbe (1st gen)

pedals unknown

saddle Italian-made, Unicantor-type suede, plastic shell

seat post generic

chain rings Campagnolo Super Record 47t & 42t (144bcd)

bars and stem Cinelli stem, Cinelli Giro D'Italia bars

derailleur Suntour Superbe Pro front and rear

freewheel Suntour Pro Compe Ultra 6 speed (14-28t)

tyres Veloflex Master 25 Kevlar folding clinchers (700 x 25C)

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