• Brakeless. My coworkers are completely astonished that anyone would want to ride a bike this way.
  • QR on unsecured front wheel.
  • Nice loooong track ends.

Bianchi Pista at San Jose Diridon Station

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Locked to a pole in front of San Jose Diridon Station on a Sunday night. The Kryptonite Mini lock is just wrapped around the pole and the rear wheel.

Those are Look pedals on the bike; I didn't see anyone with bike shoes anywhere around the station, however.

Chris 531, MBru, hbyr, and 7 other people added this photo to their favorites.

  1. taisau 96 months ago | reply

    an evil-doer would still need to cut throught the rim to free the frame in this configuration I believe. And while not having personal experience, have read that it's near impossible to sever a wheel with a hack saw due to the tension a it's in and the pinch factor.

    Some will object that felons might cut the rear rim and tire to remove the lock. Believe me, this just doesn't happen in the real world. First, this would be a lot of work to steal a frame without a useable rear wheel, the most expensive part of a bike, after the frame. Second, cutting the rear rim is much harder than you might think. Since the rim is under substantial compression due to the tension on the spokes, it would pinch a hacksaw blade tight as soon as it cut partway through. Then there are the wire beads of the tire, also difficult to cut.

  2. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 96 months ago | reply

    You're right, the lock is inside the rear triangle making extraction more challenging.

    So we just hacksaw the pole down instead. That's why my portable circular saw has a metal cutting blade.

  3. John Goldsmith 96 months ago | reply

    My friend had her Bianchi stolen on campus some years ago. It was that nice signature green. It took just a bit of liquid nitrogen and mallet. KaBAM! I love this bike . . . always have! It seems others do too. I almost bought a Bianchi cyclocross a few years back but I found a great deal on a Cannondale. Though now I have feeling the Bianchi would have been a better purchase. Some buyer's remorse I guess.

  4. Guac Air [deleted] 96 months ago | reply

    Aluminum? Not worth the drool. I saw a guy riding an old black Gitane with deep carbon aero rims and sewups on Saturday - no brakes - Nitto bars wrapped nicely - now that was drool worthy. 8)

  5. nmoroder 96 months ago | reply

    That's a pretty bike.

  6. kimpusity 96 months ago | reply

    yeah it's a great bike. I like the color, kinda "Zissou".

  7. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 96 months ago | reply

    I found the owner yesterday while I was riding around San Jose. I saw the bike on San Fernando and chased the owner down. Truth be told, this skirt on a fixie caught my attention first, but then I saw the Celeste Bianchi Pista.

  8. alex_skazat 95 months ago | reply

    Damn. Pista Concepts are pricey little numbers.

  9. Richard Masoner / Cyclelicious 95 months ago | reply

    Yeah, a $1400 track bike :-)

  10. MBru 81 months ago | reply

    Damn, you made the right choice. Bikers help each other. And When I see a "not well wrapped safe bike on a pole" I always leave a message.
    "Jerk next time I'll take your little bike away! Lock it safe!

  11. unethklmedia 80 months ago | reply

    should have left a note on that $1400 impossible to find pista concept (08's available in white frame/fork only, late sept btw). note would read: sans the quick release from the front and please lock the frame next time buddy.

  12. f@bio63 49 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Italian made, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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