Friday, 8 October 2010
Sorry I haven't blogged for a while by my new job is keeping me rather busy, I have made a plan to don some tweed and get out for some inner city pottering with a mate later this month as I haven't been out on the Humber for a while now and I'm looking forward to taking a spin even if it is just around the city. Yesterday I was in Tokyo on business and although Tokyo is not my favorite place to visit , I did enjoy myself yesterday. I along with my boss and one of staff member were invited to the private viewing of the new Cinelli bicycle range which was held at a hotel in the center of Tokyo. As to be expected there were a lot of high tech alloy, carbon fiber frames in bright modern graphics with the latest components from Shimano & Campy. But one bicycle in particular really took my eye which is called the Gazzetta Della Strada , last year this frame was only available as a track frame in several bright colors but this year Cinelli has also released a road frame to satisfy the market for a reasonably priced steel road bike. According to the Cinelli importer in Japan the bike will only be available as a frameset only, at least here in Japan. The bike that was on display ( I forgot my camera so I found the above photos from the net from the Euro bicycle show ) was kitted out with Shimano Tiagra with Tekto brakes and a rolls saddle. The frame is a nice dark, grey blue with the Cinelli logo in white on the down tube and the multi colored crest on the head tube. The bike is made from double butted Columbus tubing and it comes with rack mounts and clearance for race guards and 25mm tyres. I don't think I've ever wanted a brand new road bike so much ,but this bike is an affordable steel classic that would look great built up with any group set & maybe topped off with a nice Brooks saddle.
pictured above are a couple of photos of the della strada from Cinelli