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Tell John F we found the stash of celeste paint.
1st !!! I’m like the Cavendish of Blog o ‘ Rollo…
This is an excellent bike Bruce whats is the Story ?
and i’m like cadel evans… 2nd… sigh.
that looks really cool. it almost looks like the main points of contact ie saddle, bb, bars and wheelbase look approximately the same as a usual road bike. but why the small wheels?
Good point Chong, why the small wheels! That’ll make me pedal more. But somehow, the heaviest gear is a lot lighter than my TCR. And the story is, Cam, Bruce has already bought TWO bikes in Japan and I haven’t !! It’s not fair. Besides, it’s a lot more affordable than touring bike or any other kinds but just look at it. So cuuuute. Can’t just ignore it once you see it. Kaz
Cam – and all this without a Renshaw.
Chong – More like Hushovd than Cadel, I think. (Tengu be praised)
And more info – small-wheeled mini-velos are pretty popular here in Japan. I’m not sure if a folding bike is technically a mini-velo or not, but they also have the small wheels (like the one in this post: https://blogorollo.wordpress.com/2009/06/12/first-ride/). A lot of these bikes with the smaller 20″ wheels are set up pretty upright but some, like the Bianchi Mini Velo 8, have a similar riding geometry to a road bike but with the small wheels. The actual top tube length is roughly the same as Kaz’s but the seat tube is a bit longer – The saddle is almost as low as it will go to match the saddle position on Kaz’s road bike. So basically you’ve got road geometry but in a mini package. The small wheels make a huge difference to the amount of space the bike takes up.
The only problem I’ve got at the moment is that with the low seat, the handlebars are now too high and I haven’t got a big enough wrench to loosen the quill stem – looks like another trip to Cycle Ono for me.
But that aside, it’s a pretty cool-looking bike, isn’t it? I’d like one for myself, but you can only have so many bikes, can’t you?
The Bianchi Japan website (http://cycleurope.co.jp/bianchi/index.html) has recently made itself better looking but stripped a lot of the bike info out in the process but this site: http://www.cycle-yoshida.com/c_europe/bianchi/city/mini/9_minivelo8_drop_page.html has all the details. You should be able to guess the parts even if you can’t read the Japanese. 52/42 front and 12-25 back cassette.
the thought of hushovd crossed my mind but then i remembered that he did pick up a stage, as well as overall points classification. but i was also mindful that this year cadel didn’t honour my analogy for second as he would have in previous years.
why does japan’s bianchi site get a mean looking lab guy on the front? he looks quite frightening.
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