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    Chrome Pista for $200. If I was 5'9" like the seller, or shawnofthedread I'd pick this up real quick.
    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...997785477.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by americancyclo View Post
    Chrome Pista for $200. If I was 5'9" like the seller, or shawnofthedread I'd pick this up real quick.
    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...997785477.html
    And if my wife were out of town I might be doing the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by americancyclo View Post
    Chrome Pista for $200. If I was 5'9" like the seller, or shawnofthedread I'd pick this up real quick.
    http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/n...997785477.html
    He apparently doesn't want the Bianchi Vigorelli to sell since the subject of the ad post is "4 Mountain bikes and 1 Fixed-gear" when it's clearly 3 MTB, one road bike, one fixie for sale...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Subby View Post
    What's the difference? Tire width/tread?
    I've gotten the impression that the choice of tires/tread varies wildly between riders - many have their own preferences on which to run at what pressure based on the terrain and weather.

    A "true" CX bike is made for racing CX which can be a very specific kind of riding. It will handle aggressively/sharply, have a BB high enough to avoid hitting roots, etc., have good enough clearance for CX tires with some mud, and yet ideally be light for carrying (with strong enough wheels, etc. to hit berms and catch some air). The gearing is also limited to a narrower range, even with 20 speeds (often a 46/36 chainring setup) because the speeds in CX tend to fall in a narrower range than touring, gravel or road riding. The brakes and pedals should to be able to accommodate muddy conditions too.

    Since CX tires are typically no wider than 35mm, the frames tend to stick around there in terms of tire clearance. (I think some elite races are actually limited to 33mm?) Also, higher end CX bikes will also have no mounts whatsoever even for bottle cages because CX racers (apparently) don't need hydration other than beer hand-ups! And then there's the top tube which is sometimes curved/flattened on the underside for shouldering, and any cables are always run above. Some CX bikes also have top-pull FDs to avoid getting as much muck in the front shifter cables as possible. Full length housing can be used for the same reason. Many CX racers are serious road racers who've just finished their road season so they're serious about having a very specific CX bike for their CX season too.


    Of course since people (both consumers and bike companies) noticed CX bikes make pretty good all round bikes, many lower level CX bikes are not that light, come with triples, commuter tires and fender mounts, and are marketed more as all-round bikes. And since CX bikes are race bikes (just not road race bikes) they also have the racier and more aggressive graphics/look that many bike companies/shops find they can sell more easily than a heavier, plainer looking steel touring bike.


    From what I can tell, the new gravel bike genre is made specifically for gravel races/events like the DK200, which are much more endurance events and also require much more self-sufficiency. These bikes need to be comfortable enough for long, but well-paced rides on gravel and dirt whilst having plenty of water bottle mounts, and good options for wider tire clearance. Gearing would probably be wider than CX I guess. I'd also imagine a slightly longer wheelbase/stabler handling, maybe lower BB, taller head tube, and less emphasis on "stiffness" and low weight and more on reliability (but still lighter and higher geared than a touring bike since racks aren't used).




    What I don't get is why CX racers have to use drop bars. Speeds aren't really high enough for much aero advantage, and any descent isn't long enough. The hoods position is nice to have but the drops seem mostly an extra annoyance while shouldering your bike, and braking from the hoods isn't easy when you're going downhill fast on a rough surface. I guess it's a carryover from road racing. Bullhorns might make more sense but they're not legal.



    Anyway, tl;dr a CX bike is a road bike with knobbies. A gravel bike is a light touring bike without racks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by americancyclo View Post
    I'm 5'9". Dang.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vvill View Post
    I'm 5'9". Dang.
    Yes, I too am having problems with this one. I don't need it at all (and have a fixed-gear theoretically waiting for me to fix it) but.... chrome frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveK View Post
    Yes, I too am having problems with this one. I don't need it at all (and have a fixed-gear theoretically waiting for me to fix it) but.... chrome frame.
    Yep.

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    Bianchi 10 Speed Vigorelli - Sold

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    Ad has changed. 2 bikes gone but the Pista is still there...

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    Quote Originally Posted by vvill View Post
    Ad has changed. 2 bikes gone but the Pista is still there...
    What are you waiting for?

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