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Old 3rd June 2016, 19:19   #3121
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Anything else, guys?
I think graaja posted a comprehensive list. Only thing i will add to that is biking shorts and a biking jersey. The shorts have padding which is very important if you intend to go for rides longer than a few kilometers. And a biking jersey has pockets at the back to keep all the small stuff like wallet, phone etc.

Also, get a rear view mirror, if the bike doesn't come with one.
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I think graaja posted a comprehensive list. Only thing i will add to that is biking shorts and a biking jersey. The shorts have padding which is very important if you intend to go for rides longer than a few kilometers. And a biking jersey has pockets at the back to keep all the small stuff like wallet, phone etc.

Also, get a rear view mirror, if the bike doesn't come with one.
Thank you, I will add those one as well.

I have a rear view mirror on my current bike and found it to be quite useful. Will get one for my roadie as well.

Guys, I need input on this, is it worth going for Intrepida ultegra over Impulso 105. There is a price difference of 8500 SEK, will there be any perceivable difference between the bike for an average rider like me. You get a full carbon bike and superior gear set, though.

My goal is to do 50 -100 Kilometer rides on weekends on a regular basis.

Will be more than happy if more guys can chip in with suggestions.

Planning to buy the bike next Saturday.

Graaja, I will be getting a professional bike fit done from the showroom, meanwhile, I will learn more about it, online.

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Just to make it easier for you guys.

Intrepida Vs Impulso
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I'd consider the cost to replace the cassettes, etc. in case you wear them out due to not changing chains on time. Also consider the cost of compatible chains.
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I'd consider the cost to replace the cassettes, etc. in case you wear them out due to not changing chains on time. Also consider the cost of compatible chains.
Okay.

Cost apart, how different are these bikes. I don't think it will make much of a difference for me. Correct me, if I am wrong.

I haven't ridden a roadie, till now. That is the reason for these stupid questions.

If there is a good difference between the bike, I don't mind spending the amount upfront.

Chain, cassettes, how often do we have to change, given it is maintained properly.

EDIT: Just noticed, you got a Bianchi, awesome. Can you provide a bit more information regarding service, change of chain, cassettes etc with respect to kilometers clocked

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Okay.

Cost apart, how different are these bikes. I don't think it will make much of a difference for me. Correct me, if I am wrong.

I haven't ridden a roadie, till now. That is the reason for these stupid questions.

If there is a good difference between the bike, I don't mind spending the amount upfront.

Chain, cassettes, how often do we have to change, given it is maintained properly.
Like Intenso, Intrepida is also a full carbon frame. A carbon frame absorbs the shocks very well and at the same time provides good stiffness. A carbon frame makes a huge difference in ride quality over alloy frame. So if you can afford, then definitely go for a full carbon frame bike, as it saves the upgrade later.

Regarding chain life, if you maintain the chain well - clean and lubricate say every 200kms, the chain should give you a life of 3000 km. If you properly inspect the chain and change it in time, you can expect the cassette to last 3 chains - close to 10000 km.
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... A carbon frame makes a huge difference in ride quality over alloy frame.

Regarding chain life, if you maintain the chain well - clean and lubricate say every 200kms, the chain should give you a life of 3000 km. If you properly inspect the chain and change it in time, you can expect the cassette to last 3 chains - close to 10000 km.
Thank you. .

Intenso is another 3000 SEK @ 26,000. Intrepida is 23,000 and Intenso 14,500.

I believe there is difference in carbon construction between Intenso and Intrepida. I remember the sales guy telling me something about that.

If I go for Intrepida, stages power meter have to wait .

Okay here is the plan for next Saturday.

Bianchi Intrepida Ultegra+
  • Jacket, shorts
  • Saddle bag
  • Tools and spares
  • Rear view mirror
  • Gloves
  • Bottle cage, I believe one will come with the bike, need to check.
  • Pedal and shoes (free with the bike).
  • Pump

Future
  • Garmin 810 performance bundle (by September '16)
  • Stages power meter (by March '17)

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Its available in Amsterdam as of now. Batteries are cleverly concealed in the pipes, giving additional pedal power and the cycle is SMART with location assist/locking etc. Google it.
I had been to Amsterdam a few days ago. If only I had known, I would have dropped by at the showroom for a test ride. It's quite pricey though. Went through their website.
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Bianchi Intrepida Ultegra Selected frame 54+

Height : 177 cms.
Weight : 74 Kgs.

Available sizes, 51, 54, 57 and 60.

Tried size 57, it is too big for me. Haven't tried the size 54 but he told me it will be all good.
  • Jacket, shorts
  • Saddle bag , Done
  • Tools and spares, Done (spare tube and puncture kit, missing)
  • Rear view mirror
  • Gloves
  • Bottle cage, I believe one will come with the bike, need to check.Yup, it does, but will change that. Doesn't look good with the bike
  • Pedal and shoes (free with the bike)He is pushing for SPD-SL, lets see. Its not free, but upto 50% off. I was wrong, earlier.
  • Pump, Done

So, most of the accessories I have. All I need now is the bike .

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This is the bottle cage that comes with the bike, not good.
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Curious to know if Bianchi is a good brand? I have seen, and am familiar with Treks, Cannondales, Specializeds, Meridas, Scotts, Giants, etc on my numerous travels but not this.

Is this a made for India brand?

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Curious to know if Bianchi is a good brand? I have seen, and am familiar with Treks, Cannondales, Specializeds, Meridas, Scotts, Giants, etc on my numerous travels but not this.

Is this a made for India brand?
Yup, Bianchi is a good brand, AFAIK. It is an Italian brand, founded in 1885.

There are several other shops which sell bikes here, but they keep on changing the brands they offer based on demand and I believe, profit margin for them.
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@ecenandu: Congrats on the acquisition! Love the classic Bianchi celeste colour.

Beware of the nose-rest of the goggles though, I removed mine once for cleaning and it never quite went back on it snuggly after that.

@Sebring: It's a good brand, but for the C2C model which didn't feel like value for money on hindsight. The older Trek 7.1FX I had earlier felt like it had a much better fit and finish (think Fiat vs. Ford). Moreover, we don't hear a lot about these in the English forums where the Cannondales and Treks are more popular.
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@ecenandu: Congrats on the acquisition! Love the classic Bianchi celeste colour.

Beware of the nose-rest of the goggles though, I removed mine once for cleaning and it never quite went back on it snuggly after that.
Thank you.

Not yet, buddy. Just went and booked the bike, will collect it, by this Friday.

Sure, thanks for the pointer.

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Quite small, isn't it.
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So went ahead and checked its performance. Took the air out completely, well almost from the rear tyre of my MTB. And then went ahead and pumped the air with the mighty blackburn pump.

So here is the result.

27.5 * 2.2 inch tyre inflated in 2 minutes 35 seconds.

Not bad, eh.

Haven't had any punctures on my MTB, yet in two years. I'm not so sure of keeping that record on my roadie, though. So, I'm just warming up for the future.

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