Posts Tagged ‘bianchi’

Pillars of Italian cycling. A preview.

July 31, 2011

Sorry, I just had to. I think I’m addicted to Peloton’s Vimeo stream.

So now you have seen the preview, get yourself a cup of coffee and perhaps a palm full of amaretti and click here for the full 35 minutes.

Bianchi Celeste.

October 12, 2010


September 20, 2010

I have said it before but I’ll say it again. You simply cannot beat the look of a murdered out race bike. That’s perfection in Carbon right there.

Cardboard Cutouts.

September 20, 2010

Wow! I am bot sure I’d like to have a cardboard cutout of Mario Cipollini and Magnus Backstedt in my gaff but should you then feel free to cop yours right here.

L’Eroica Snaps.

March 12, 2010

One day I’ll make it there. Via.

Don’t sweat the technique.

January 29, 2010

Several people have asked me how to paint the flutes on a crank, so I finally decided to put together a page with my “technique,” which can also be used for flutes on seatposts, as well as pantographing, and other engravings and cut-outs.

So if you have ever wondered how it is done or you need some advice / assistance on doing it yourself read more here.

Bianchi is 125.

January 12, 2010

One of the oldest cycle manufacturers Bianchi is 125 years old this year and The italian cycling journal has a great write up on the history of the brand so if you have a spare few minutes head over and check it out.

Centenario 1985.

October 12, 2009


Peep this 1985 Bianchi Centenario found at 43Bikes.

Bianchi 2010.

September 21, 2009



Tour de Ville.

June 18, 2009

“Die a thousand and deaths and s*ck a thousand c*cks” were the exact words that exited my mouth in the direction of a London underground signpost yesterday after having the most horrific two days worth of traveling on London’s poor underground service.

One journey from Heathrow to Oxford circus I estimated at a little over an hour to complete, people it took the best part of four hours and that was after countless service cancellations and numerous tube hops. The other journey took three hours to get ( again ) from Heathrow but this time traveling to Bethnal Green Road, three hours! I estimated no more than half of that and furthermore this particular three hour tube journey not only put me at the end of my tether where London’s tube service is concerned but it also took me way past my estimated time of arrival at quite possible the finest vintage cycle outlet in London. Tour de Ville.

At 7.15pm which for your information is beyond the closing time of TDV I finally arrived and to my pleasant surprise a pre-made phonecall half an hour earlier secured my entry into the store.

I was greeted at the gate by Jos one of the proprietors and I was lead in. I must add at this point that I was still utterly fuming from the ordeal that is traveling on London’s public transport, I say “Traveling on” it was more like ‘Battling with’ than “traveling on” but soon after my anger was quickly calmed and my sunny disposition restored.

I entered TDV and upon first glance I noticed the place looked quite a bit smaller than it does on photographs I have seen but that in no way detracts from the sheer goodness contained therein.

My eyes quickly wondered and whilst doing so I noticed such marques as Gazelle, Bianchi, Duell, this particular Duell would sit just lovely in my possession, the paint job is completely something else and I gazed longingly at it contemplating the thought of… but it is too small so no! I saw Moser, Rossin, Chesini and Plum to name but a few. All perfectly beautiful vintage steel road and track, frames and bikes in an assortment of colours and sizes.

Now I was once wholly guilty of getting into the colourcoding, neon, ‘fixie’, ‘hipster’ thing and it was fun to express myself that way and there is still nothing wrong with that but these days I pretty much just like old fashioned track and racing bikes and it just so happens that TDV specialize in just that. I said to my girl upon arriving home last night “Tour de Ville is much like the best cycle jumble I have ever been to minus the junk and with ten times more hotness”

Procured dark wooden glass cabinets were graced with all types of pristine Campagnolo and Dura Ace components, hubs, cranks, shifters, derailleurs, rings all very lovely and all clearly labeled and priced using my favourite method – the small brown cardboard tag hung by a piece of string. Simple effective and very classy.

I saw a plethora of rims while perusing, Mavic, Campagnolo, Rigida, FIR, Ambrosio, everything, all brand new unused and all absolutely ready to bless some lucky fellows cherished hubset.

I saw tyres, I especially had my eye on some real nice NOS Red / Tan wall Vredestein Ricorso’s that would look totally at home on my Raleigh but I am saving! Saddles old and new, jerseys, shoes and even a healthy selection of cycling publications for the keen readers among us.

My time spent in TDV was quite short as I had to catch my 8.23 back to the Ham but it was definitely the best time I had spent in a London bike store to date. I usually come out feeling abused or spoken down to, you guys know what I am talking about right? but anyway. The hospitality extended to me by Keith and Jos was an absolute breath of fresh air especially after my day of hell on London’s public toilet, ahem! I mean transport. Most store owners and staff would not even let you through the door out of hours never mind cups of coffee and cycle related chatter.

Keith, Jos it was a pleasure to meet you yesterday and to see your store you are doing a grand job and may you continue to do so and to anyone planning a trip to London you must go down to the store and check it out, it is the exact way a store of this nature should look and run. Perfect. Next time when I am sans luggage I am leaving with a frame!

Bianchi Pista Via Brera

June 3, 2009


The Bianchi Pista line continues into 2010, with a preview of the new Bianch Pista Via Brera shown here. Traditional steel frame and fork with chrome fork ends, it will ship as shown with the cork grips and matching suede saddle and toe clip covers. I’d assume a brake will be in the box as well, because the Pista Via Brera will ship with a SRAM Torpedo fixed/free rear hub. Scheduled for a fall 2009 availability, there is no word on geometry or pricing quite yet.

I quite like it, although I would have liked to have seen some lugs and a crowned fork but hey, you can’t win em all!


May 13, 2009

Bianchi x Hypebeast x Solebox


Hypebeast and Solebox have collaborated with Bianchi on these two bikes. Hypebeast on the D2 Pista and Solebox on the Cr-Mo Pista. Apparently they are meant to match some sneakers that both HB and SB did with Adidas, that said I still think these bikes are plain as hell and colour co-ordination like this makes my eyes bleed.

Sorry for the hate folks but these bikes are wack.

The Future

January 7, 2009

Seen over at Road Bike Action magazine.
A real nice look at some killer bicycle ads of the eighties.

Peep the rest here


Acne x Bianchi

January 1, 2009

Seen at Fixed Gear Blog the Acne collabo with Bianchi.

“Swedish fashion and denim brand Acne has partnered with Italian bike manufacturer Bianchi to create a slick, streamlined collection that is both fashionable and functional.”

This makes my blood boil. They have taken a perfectly good bicycle and painted it… oh and dashed a suede saddle on it. God knows how much they will be asking for these, whatever I reckon they will be way more expensive than a standard Pista which I would prefer any day of the week!

Available this year at Acne stores… Yes folks, that’s Fashion outlets.
Not bicycle shops.

And what’s with the the photographs of the non crank side?


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