Deer Ride with Rossa

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“Rossa and Deer” Cedar Park, 2021

This evening I went with Rossa (my red Bianchi) to go look for some deer. There’s a nearby neighborhood in which I always see them, so I thought it would be a fun ride.

I also fixed up Rossa with the white Retrospec saddle, new white handlebar grips, and a pair of new tires. Everything was very inexpensive, totaling about $50. Add another $5 for the cabling to get her in safe riding condition and I am very happy!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/8, 1/140 sec, ISO640
“White Grips” Cedar Park, 2021

I like the red and white color scheme. It’s fun and seems very 80s.

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“Rossa” Cedar Park, 2021

And of course we did see plenty of deer on the ride as evidenced by the first photo in the post. If you want to ride along with us virtually, hop on your stationary bike and put the video below on your laptop or tablet. 😁

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“Rossa” Cedar Park, 2021

Bicycle Work

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“White Saddle” Cedar Park, 2021

Look! A new seat for Sophie. This saddle is from Retrospec, and I have a black one on Mango. I find it very comfortable, but unfortunately they don’t make them anymore. So when I stumbled across this white specimen, I ordered it right away. I think it goes well with the white cables, and would pair nicely with white handlebar tape. But I am going to try some black cloth tape and see how it looks. If the mismatch is too much to take, then I can even move my black saddle to Sophie, but I think the white looks fun and very 80s. 🤣

FYI, I am waiting on a new, wider set of handlebars for Sophie. Wider will be more comfy, but I’m worried that she’s becoming less vintage… So I’m having second thoughts and might just keep with the original narrow bars. We’ll see!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/50 sec, ISO3200
“Rossa” Cedar Park, 2021

As for Rossa, I’ve ordered some new shoes (tires) for her and set her up with the frame bag and Sophie’s old seat. I think the Bianchi is looking good! Hopefully by this weekend she’ll have her new shoes and we can go for a spin.

You know, the white seat might look good on Rossa too since she has white cables and the large white Bianchi graphics. Maybe some cheap white handlebar grips and white pedals would look fun?

So. Many. Possibilities!

Photo of Rossa Before the Storm

“Stormy Skies” Cedar Park, 2021

Our crazy weather continues in Texas – today thunderstorms were in the forecast, which postponed several high school graduation ceremonies. Anyways, I changed the brake pads on the Bianchi Alante and wanted to go for a ride and photoshoot. With the storm threatening to hit, I went to the nearby elementary school, quickly grabbed a few photos, and then headed home just as the front hit our neighborhood.

Mission accomplished:

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“Rossa” Cedar Park, 2021

Oh, and I asked my brother what to name the bicycle (since it is his old bike) and he said “Red”. I decided to ultimately name her “Rossa” which means red in Italian. I think it’s a good name.

I hope you had a nice day! またね~

The Third Bicycle

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“Bianchi” Cedar Park, 2021

Some of you more perceptive readers might have noticed that not only did I bring my Peugeot bicycle home, but I also took my brother’s old Bianchi mountain bike. It’s in better condition than the Peugeot was, so it just needs some new cables and will be ready to go.

Did you know that Bianchi is the oldest bicycle brand in the world? I didn’t know that before today. At any rate, this bicycle is from around 1990 and is a type of bicycle that is popular right now: vintage mountain bikes. I guess people like the steel frames, rigid forks, and old geometry. I’d like to customize it a bit with some new tires, a new saddle and maybe a front rack. We’ll see!