Sometime over the summer I stumbled across Bianchi's extraordinary line-up of steel frames, which include the San Jose and Gitane framesets. Both of those framesets sport track "drop-outs", road bike geometry, cantilever brake bosses, flattened top-tubes for easy shouldering, and 130 mm rear-hub spacing. As best as I can tell, the only difference is the paint job. Both are available for $399 -- frame and fork -- but I could only locate the Gitane in the real world. I ordered one in black from Bike Attack in Santa Monica, California.
|Bianchi? Is it an Oltre? An Infinito CV?|
|OMG, it looks . . . metal?|
|Aha. Le Gitane. The gypsy.|
Of course, mine is not a racing bike, but a Gitane-branded San Jose frameset. It nonetheless promises to be a beautiful bike. It is time to build this bike up.
The tentative plan: