as always, parts in the mail…

so, it seems like this is a constant in my life, something to complain about right? πŸ˜‰ but the majority of the components for the Trek 950’s wheelset are in the mail: some Velo Orange Diagonale 650b rims (36h as usual), Sapim double butted (14[2.0]/15[1.8]/14) spokes from Lee Kilpatrick (a great guy and always cuts […]

deciding to sell the Bianchi Volpe…

decisions, decisions, i hate to do it, but i’ve got the itch for a different touring frame and that means i need to sell the Bianchi Volpe frame + fork. the fork on the bike now is a powder-coated to match Surly Cross Check fork, it will come with the headset, stock fork, and custom […]

Trek 950 rear brakes and Lily…

the Trek project is slowly progressing, some winter trip plans haven’t helped it’s forward momentum, but i’m excited for them none-the-less. what we have here though is a set of Paul Components Neo-Retro cantilever brakes. Eventually the Trek will follow in the footsteps of the Volpe Build with a pair of Paul Brake Boosters, one […]

Bianchi Volpe racked out…

bwa, nice racks! πŸ˜‰ sorry… anyhow! got the JANDD Extreme and Expedition racks on the Bianchi Volpe, as well as some new Shimano M530 SPD pedals, looking slick! Ortleibs for the rear come later in the week. -peter

a rideable Bianchi Volpe…

so, i finished getting the Volpe rideable as of yesterday… or maybe the day before, time is irrelevant πŸ˜‰ anyhow, i got the SRAM X9 long cage rear derailleur on there with connected to the cranks by a KMC DX10SC 10spd chain. i ran into some issues with the top rear of the derailleurs cage […]

the Volpe all fender’ed up…

just some snaps of the Bianchi Volpe with some Velo Orange (VO) 45mm Stainless fenders, finally starting to look like a tourer πŸ˜‰ i have to say how enthused i am by the VO fenders, i’ve purchased them before and they’ve never ceased to impress me. the kit that comes with them has pretty much […]

Volpe gets some leather chaps…

so, title aside πŸ˜‰ haha the Bianchi Volpe got some new leather goodies from a guy in Portland, OR named Geoff who runs WalnutStudiolo, you can find them here on Etsy. what i got was a modified version of their “Bike Portage Strap”, i had it made longer on the top tube, and i also […]

planning out the pre-war Schwinn…

as you all may know i have a ’38 Schwinn straight bar that i am starting to modify and make into my town bike. so far the conversion has been very slow going, as i always seem to have another project that manages to creep in front of the poor old Schwinn. but now as […]

lopped off the Volpe’s steerer…

so i got bored yesterday and hacked off a section of the Bianchi Volpe’s steerer tube. i was actually really hesitant to do it, but the positioning felt good and i was, as i said before, bored. thankfully though i had a bit of forethought as to potential re-positioning, so i added another 5mm spacer […]

the Volpe, now with the ability to stop…

got bored today and had a little spare time, ended up setting up brake cables and housing, damn, it’s a monster!!! definitely going to be able to do some stoppies!!! haha not sure if that’s such a good thing πŸ˜‰ -peter

the Volpe is true! round and round we go…

[vimeo]http://www.vimeo.com/25252933[/vimeo] so just a video of the Volpe’s rear wheel spinning around showing it’s trueness and roundness, makes me happy πŸ™‚ -peter

Bianchi Volpe on it’s own two wheels…

so now that the Bianchi Volpe is standing on it’s own two wheels, that i just fished assembling yesterday (105 5700 Shimano hubs, Sapim 14/15/15 and 14g spokes, Mavic A719 rims on Velox tape with Vittoria Randonneur 700x35c tires), and it has the brakes mostly put together i figured i’d get some quick snaps of […]

Thomson goodness for the Volpe…

just a quick snap of the 70mm 10° Thomson X2 road stem for the Bianchi Volpe. those are not the spacers that are going to used for the final build. i haven’t figured out the steerer height yet (no saddle, wheels, etc.) so i haven’t bought the spacers yet, these were just hanging out in […]

Bianchi Volpe back from powder coating…

so, just got the Volpe back from the powder coaters, colors more olive than i thought, but i still like it. got bored and cleaned up the headset and bottom bracket faces to install the two parts i had sitting around πŸ˜‰ more as it get it, -peter

Bianchi Volpe back from R+E…

so i drove up to Seattle today to get the Bianchi Volpe back from R+E Cycles in the U-District, as they finished one to two weeks early! wow, what a difference getting rid of those cable guides made! looks so much sleeker and more modern, i’m swooning πŸ˜‰ anyhow, lots of stuff to do…. in […]

furthering the Bianchi Volpe…

small update… the frame is now in the care of R+E Cycles up in Seattle, should be about two to three weeks before i see it again.. getting the dent filled and the new cable stops brazed-on (replacing the top cable guides). can’t wait! in the meantime i’ll just have to comfort myself by purchasing […]

addiction… 80’s Bianchi Volpe…

so… yeah… got another bike, haha. this time it’s a lugged late 80’s Bianchi Volpe CX/Touring bike that will be turned into my full-out tourer. as far a kit, this is what i’m thinking… (components back to front) SRAM Rival Medium rear derailleur Shimano 105 Black 5703 Triple front Derailleur crankset is undetermined yet, preferably a […]