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2004-09-09 11:40 PM

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well, i brought home a new baby tonight. not as cute as my actual babies, who are sound asleep at the moment...but pretty darn nice, if you like celeste. went out to the same shop we were at last night, test rode the same three bikes, this time in reverse order, and brought home my favorite - a 2002 bianchi veloce. she's downstairs and i'm wishing i wasn't so tired so that i could take her for a spin right now. i told my husband i didn't even want to leave her in the garage...that i thought she could stay in my bedroom closet, or maybe next to my side of the bed.

this is my first road bike that is my own. since it was a 2002, it was roughly 30% off. practically everything made in italy, including the frame. campy veloce. even got celeste cages to match the frame. my husband will be teasing me forever about that. will also take well to aero bars for doing centuries and tris. first major ride will be on sunday, when we do the 30 mile st. paul bike classic. will have to coach ella to switch from her traditional 'go, mama, go!' to 'molto veloce, mama!' mine doesn't look like a bumble bee, but otherwise its the same bike: http://gianni.bianchiusa.com/2002/site/bikes/road/02_veloce.html

and most important - she's mine!

ps. yes, i will be removing the reflectors. i'll probably move them to my main commuter/burley puller.






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2004-09-09 11:48 PM
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2004-09-10 12:02 AM
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Italian road bikes rock! Your bike can be a cousin to mine...a Wilier Escape Veloce. Congratulations!!!!!
2004-09-10 12:54 AM
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congrats! i'm getting the vibe that you really love this bike... it looks much better than the bumble bee version... i love the blue. (yeah i'm such a girl)
2004-09-10 8:54 AM
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yea, i really like it. i REALLY love the campy...which means i'm probably spoiled for life now. i like the celeste too. one of those colors you either love or hate.
2004-09-10 8:54 AM
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2004-09-10 9:00 AM
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That's a beauty Autumn;
Do you want to give your LBS a plug? I might want to go out there one day...

Ian
2004-09-10 9:15 AM
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COUNTY CYCLES! http://www.countycycles.com/

they are awesome awesome awesome. i could have ordered a bike from the shop i used to work at in duluth, but i wouldn't have been able to get THIS bike. anyway, county was so cool that we decided that we would want to get bikes there anyway, even if we had gotten something new. several years ago they had a guy who worked there who has done the iditasport on a bike. i met him after we were both featured in an article in the pioneer press about winter biking in minnesota (entitled 'are they NUTS!?'). so, i'd always meant to go back to that shop at some point. we went to several other local shops before county (not to name names, but two on the west bank, and one on selby in st. paul). all were very nice, and one used to hold rank as my favorite lbs, but county now has the crown. everyone at county was so nice, very knowledgeable, not at all pushy, not at all patronizing or butt kissing, just honest and down to earth. AND they actually fit me on EACH frame before i took them for a spin. there are several no car and winter biking who work there too, which is awesome. did i mention i think they are AWESOME?
2004-09-10 9:16 AM
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WOO HOO! Congrats Autumn! :D
2004-09-10 9:18 AM
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Lovely bike and great colour!

Glad you went with the one you had set your heart on. Let us know how you get on with the first rides.

2004-09-10 12:13 PM
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I had a feeling that you would wind up buying her. Your description of her and the ride she afforded you was all too glowing for you to fall for any other bicycle. She is a beauty alright and I don't blame you for your choice. I hope that your loving relationship with "Celeste" (her temporary name until you officially christen her) lasts a very long time. Ciao


2004-09-10 12:25 PM
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Great bike, have a blast Autumn!
2004-09-10 1:38 PM
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I am from Italy and I have an American bike. Go figure.

Enjoy it and be safe.

2004-09-10 2:46 PM
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well, i told my husband that i felt like i should have a zen like experience when i find the 'right' bike. i didn't have that, really, but i was up most of the night thinking about this bike. when i got to the shop last night, she wasn't on the floor any more. i almost had a panic attack. well, she was in the back. i think the guy i spoke with the night before had set her aside for me without me asking him to do so.
2004-09-10 9:51 PM
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V e r y S W EE T >>>>Congrats!
2004-09-11 1:41 PM
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Wow! Nice ride. Don't you just love Campy components!? I have Veloce on a Trek carbon bike. I especially like the shifter cables under the handle bar tape. Very clean looking.

TJ


2004-09-11 5:40 PM
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Beautiful ride. I like the matching cages - that is cool. It would go nice with a UCLA cycling team jersey or a Bank Giro jersey.

Enjoy your ride.
2004-09-11 6:19 PM
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nice ride, enjoy!
2004-09-12 7:14 AM
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the campy is what pushed me over the edge. i tried several other bikes. everything else, with one exception, had shimano 105. the campy felt so solid and clean compared to the 105. it also felt like a softer, gentler upgrade for me from the bike i've been riding - which still has bottom tube shifters. even though the campy veloce is integrated, the brakes levers are still JUST brake levers, and i like that.
2004-09-12 7:50 AM
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Oh man what a beautiful bike!!! I bet it is a sweet sweet ride. I cannot believe that you have acquiesced re leaving it in the garage!!! No way!!! My bike is inside in the spare bedroom. Garage?????!!!!! No spideys on my bike! We have Redback spiders that can kill you with one bite - they love sitting under dark crevices and bike seats and bike helmets are perfect hidey holes. At the moment I have one living in the box with my bike cleaning gear and it is one big mother!! And my bike has not been cleaned for a while ;-) I hope Celeste gives you hundreds and thousands of miles of riding pleasure! Dx
2004-09-12 6:31 PM
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Subject: first real ride today!!!!
still no name, so i'll just keep calling her 'celeste' for now (or as my husband says 'celeeeeeste'). 30 mile st. paul bike classic. not a race (or so i had to keep reminding myself), just a laid back ride. my husband was a saint and took the burley for the first 10 miles so i could play with celeste a bit. i felt like all i needed to do was rest my foot on the pedal and i would glide along at about 15+ mph. no effort. that's all i can say. just a wonderful bike.

well, no effort until the burley was handed over. my husband was riding his newly pieced together single speed old school raleigh. we made quite the pair, let me tell ya! anyway, after 10, i was sick of looking over my should trying to find my family. so, i took the burley just to even things out. bill is a very strong rider, but he's still getting used to the single speed thing and also isn't used to pulling the burley (which is about 100+ lbs of drag between the burley itself, the two girls, diaper bag, snacks, water bottles, kitchen sink, etc.).

of course, the last 20 miles had ALL the hills. it was fine. i had so many cheerleaders. many people i passed gasped or declared 'she had TWO kids in there!' or 'god, i'm getting tired watching her!' or 'you are doing an amazing job!' i passed a few roadie types on one of the last hills, passed them just because once you get the momentum going with the burley, it is death to stop. anyway, bill was coming along behind and overheard one of the roadies say to another roadie 'holy crap!' as he watched me crank away up the hill with fiona, ella, and celeste. hee hee. will post a few pictures.

kelly, ian, and any other mn people - you should do this ride next year! it is so awesome. very laid back. lots of rest stops with food, lemonade, water, coffee, music. schwag included aveda lip balm and foot massage lotion!

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2004-09-12 7:24 PM
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2004-09-12 7:30 PM
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Sweet ride Autum....I think Celeste is a perfect name for her!!

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