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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
One-Hundred and Forty
Was able to get all this for $140. On my way back from a work trip into New Brunswick, I saw this listed for sale in a small town close to Truro. It would be a 5 hour round trip from Halifax, but was just a dart out of the way on my way back home. I figured it would be an easy flip for me here in Halifax.
But it is a full 6spd indexed Shimano 105 Bianchi Brava in my size, and the shoes are SPD, brand new and in my size. Amazing find. I'm going to sell the rollers, hopefully for ~$100 and will make a good chunk of my money back. $40 for a full 105 Bianchi and brand new shimano shoes is not a bad deal at all. It came with lots of other bibs and bobs as well including aero bars, a seat bag, some repair kit stuff, and a chain tool.
Sad story however. I actually dealt with the lady's neighbour who sold it to me for her as she was at work (this was pre-arranged before hand). He told me this was her husbands bike stuff, and he had passed away (not sure how long ago). He was 41, in great health, and died unexpectedly from a brain aneurism. She knew what she had was worth more, I think she just wanted to get rid of it quickly. Makes you think about how short life is.
So now I have 2 very nice Italian road bikes. However due to working on my thesis a lot lately, and the queue of bikes I have to work on, I don't think this one will see the mechanics stand until this winter probably. I'm in no rush, I've got my Colnago, and the Surly is almost back together after being stripped for maintenance and cleaning.
I had to order a new 48t chain ring for the Surly, as the old one had 16 bad teeth! Not sure how that happened.
Going on a 1 night tour with Velo-Halifax this weekend (weather pending). I will try to take lots of pics and make a blog when I get back.
I currently work as a Technical Representative for Nikon Canada's Instrument Division. Recently finished up my Physics Masters Degree (still working on the thesis) studying Colloids at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. I like Comics, Cycling, and Yo-Yo's and sometimes I talk too much.
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Spring 2009 was when I attempted to become more involved in cycling, and found out I had a lot to learn. Over the next few months between individual web research, being in the shop with my LBS guy, and discussing with others I began to learn more and more about bike types, accessories, maintenance and much more. The purpose of this blog is to share my experience as someone new to the sport/hobby so that they may learn something from my trials and tribulations or simply just enjoy reading of my exploits. Feedback and comments are encouraged!
Overall, I will be talking about general bicycle knowledge to get you started, and things I pick up along the way related to commuting, day trips, and fully loaded touring. I currently ride a Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike, and a retrofitted Canadian Tire Raleigh all terrain bike for a beater (but mainly the first one).