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Friday, March 02, 2012

Death of a Porn Star


While I am mainly a low brow, knuckle dragging mountain biker; as of late I have developed a passion for older model road bikes, the latest being the circa 1980s Bianchi Piaggio.  This bike was extremely sexy, 531 Chromoly Steel and coolest blue I have ever seen.  I added mustache bars, barcons, new tires, saddle and a 52t chain ring to turn it into a fabulous Rail Trail bike.  The 61 cm frame was perfect for me and it was dream to ride.  It just exuded sex appeal of a classic bike.  



Only ridden a couple of times, lovingly on rail trails, the Bianchi Piaggio has left the quite life of sub-rural-urbia and has moved to the big city where it be used and abused (in a good way)!  I am not a roadie so having a road bike in my stable is kind of apropos, however given my current situation gravel grinders is the type of riding I will be doing for awhile, so my hope is to find an older model hybrid or cyclocross that I can convert into another Monster Cross, this would be with gears though.  I found a Cannondale SX800 on eBay but the bidding went beyond my price range.  Ideally, that's what I want but those frames and in the right color are hard to come by.


Also departing the stable is this Ross Singlespeed aka Old Crappy Ten Speed Conversion.  The mustache bars on this bike rocked and the 52:20t freewheel gearing meant it would fly.  It's nice to know that both these bikes will cruising the bike lanes of Manhattan pretty soon.  Fare-thee-well bikes!  Fare-thee-well!

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