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Hey Liam!

OMG GOD! Look what I got today!





Woooo! It's my new Bianchi Pista! It's a fixed gear bike, which means there's only one gear, no derailleurs, no freewheel. That means when the wheels are rolling, the pedals are turning. No coasting.

See?:



When I went to buy it I had them install a front brake(Shimano 105) and they weren't going to have it back to me until next week. When the guy saw my look of dismay he went and asked the service guys if they could do it right then and they did! They also switched out the WTB pedals for SPD (for free!) so they'd be compatible with my current cleats. I was kind of scared to get on it because I didn't know what to expect, but after a few times of trying to coast and my legs being thrown by the pedals my legs figured out that I had to pedal all the time. I was kind of scared about dismounting too, but it was no problem at all. It felt SO good being on the bike. I rode around for a half hour or so when I got home and I just love it to pieces already. Going up a few small hills I had to stand up, but I think I'll leave the gearing as is for now.

I remember seeing the guys' fixed gear bikes in Quicksilver (one of my favorite movies) and thought it was cool, but never thought too much of it until Liam told me about his bike and how much he loved it. Then he sent me a super cool article about fixed gears (which I can't find) and I was hooked. I started reading about them on and off since then and then I found this bike online and I new it was the one for me. I've also wanted a Bianchi for years and years. I was thinking about buying a new Fuji Team (the bike I have now) but I think I may just upgrade the gruppo to a triple chainring in front, for riding longer rides with hill climbing and use this one as my runabout and shorter ride bike. I'm hoping it will help me improve my balance, get a better feel for pedaling and make me stronger, as well as just being fun.

Woooo!

Comments

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goonhead
May. 19th, 2004 12:37 am (UTC)
Nice looking bike, but I'm curious as to why they make fixed gear bikes with no coasting ability. Is it merely to give the rider a better workout?
democritus
May. 19th, 2004 08:07 am (UTC)
There are tons of reasons. Check this out.
adventurequeen
May. 19th, 2004 07:14 am (UTC)
Wow! You rock! That is a *sweet* bike. I once did a century with a friend who rode a fixed gear like that the ENTIRE ride...he was a sadist. Hope you enjoy it. BTW..I'm still trying to get info for you on the Fuji.
democritus
May. 19th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
Wow, that's crazy. Now that I got this bike I'm less likely to buy another bike, but I'm still interested. I ended up getting 59 cm on this one and it fits great.
thinksnow
May. 19th, 2004 07:16 am (UTC)
Keep us updated.
democritus
May. 19th, 2004 08:08 am (UTC)
Will do.
dxgrrrl
May. 19th, 2004 08:34 am (UTC)
Doesn't the G in OMG stand for God? Am I wrong here? I see "OMG God" a lot, and since I was under the assumption that the G was for God, it always reads funny. Maybe it stands for good, great, ghastly, grounded, gigantic, gabby, gnarly. I don't know.

I will shuttup now so you can clear this up.
wlight
May. 20th, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's "G" for God. Saying OMG God is just one of those funny things. I mean, I dunno, it makes me laugh anyway, so wtf fuck, right?
democritus
May. 20th, 2004 01:23 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's just supoosed to be a silly way of saying that you're super excited about something "oh my god god!" and making fun of people that use the acronym incorrectly at the same time. It's a win-win situation.
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