Hi all,

I'm looking to buy a new bike for my daily commute. Have been using a 15year old mountain bike with slicks for the last 3 years or so, and I think it can no longer take the abuse.

I have my heart set on a steel frame road bike, and because I'm a bit shallow, I really like the look of the Bianchi steel frames

http://www.bianchiusa.com/bikes/gran-fondo/imola/

 

My commute is 30km return, through CBD / heavy traffic areas, and moderate hills. Budget is $1500 and under. Ride with a backpack, no plans for panniers.

 

Anyone have any thoughts on this bike? Good or bad choice They are not on the bianchi australia site and I haven't found them on any of the online stores of bianchi australian dealers. Although I know I've seen more than a few on the road in the recent months.

 

Recommendations for anything similar?

 

Thank you in advance

 

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Another option is the Soma DC. Will take road chainrings. Not as much tyre clearance as the Surly CC, but does have available a matching disc fork and has a rack friendly disc brake mount.

http://www.somafab.com/dcdc.html

http://www.bikeman.com/BTI-SF3182.html

http://www.bikeman.com/BTI-SF3002.html

I'm reading these old posts with interest as am about to embark on a similar search for the perfect steel-frame for commuting.

The Soma Double Cross Disc has been suggested but very much like the sound/look of the Colagno Master. I'm a novice when it comes to choosing components and would love anyone's advice should they care to take the time. Thanks!

Am trading up from a steel Cooper Reims (as in Mini Cooper) which I've just had converted to a Shimano 3 speed internal after the Sturnley Archer 5 speed internal hub failed. I can't get up the Bondi hill with 3 speeds so need to get another frame and some proper gearing. Will be selling the Cooper.

I love the ride of steel and have been hating having to go back to my aluminium commuter bike this week whilst the Cooper is in the shop.

I ride almost every day to work which is a paltry 15kms return.

I need a frame that can take a rack and a little bit of a load should I choose to go for a longer ride. Might not fit the rack immediately, though. I can backpack it to work.

Any thoughts or recommendations? Many thanks.

If you're happy with the Cooper, have you thought about just replacing the hub gearing with something like this?  It's cheaper than a new bike (unless of course you "need" one) and you could use your existing rim and have your lbs build it up.

LBS measured and said there's not enough clearance for an 8, but maybe that 8 will be ok. Good suggestion, thanks

I went down the Surly Cross Check road 5 years ago. For me it was about comfort and gearing options against intended use. My age also dictated to the build. I was very specific, wanting XT triple components, a go anywhere option. This frame was designed to accommodate this option. I also wanted slight riser bar handlebar setup with Ergon grips. Five years on, I can honestly say that I enjoy this bike more than ever. Seriously. Mudguards have been added along the way, for practical purposes. I like the fact the graphics can be easily removed with the edge of a credit card' without damage. I miss the tasteful frames of yesteryear. On beautiful Monday last, I did a comfortable 90k loop around the south and southwest of the city. The bike relishes this domain. A real keeper.

The slight speed advantage of the Surly Pacer was considered, but it did not offer the braze ons or gearing options that would allow me to continue riding comfortably in the years ahead. It might be different for you.

Surly also now do the Straggler, basically a Cross Check with discs and other slight refinements. It should be looked at also. Go to Cheeky Transport website for real world images of these bikes.

Hope this information offers some inspiration .......

  

    

Thank you. I like that you have scratched off the graphics, that Surly logo is a shocker. 

Sounds as though you have definitely got a keeper. I definitely need the braze ons. The Cooper doesn't have any which somewhat takes away its usefulness. 

Checking out the Straggler now

Not available locally I don't think, but I'd really like one of these:

http://www.patria.net/en/bicycles/terra/

Custom hand made made, you have to get sized up for one on a special metal horse thing. 15 year guarantee on the frame. The paint is so thick, it's like it's been stuck on with a spatula. Patria is one of the few companies that makes the bikes themselves.

That's one hell of a machine. A little too much for now. Are you planning on a around the world trip Edward? That will definitely do it.

It is overkill, though you wouldn't have to by another bike for a while. I'm *always* planning a round the world trip, just need another decade or so to do it.

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