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Youngblood Bicycles- Asheville, NC

Rolling through the lower southern states was quite enjoyable. I would have like to have documented more shops that I came across but...so I'll post what I snippets are left on my iPhone. Leaving AL, up to Knoxville then over to NC with some morning Mojo! Along Merrimon Avenue, in Asheville, NC there sits a tight little shop called Youngblood Bicycles . Youngblood the owner, and his two employees, Marshall and Shanna keep the repairs flowing out the door, always offering advice to new commuters and helping the local mtbr's get addicted to riding 29ers. YB is a stocking Bianchi dealer. Aside from the Via Nirones on their hooks, Shanna and Marshall have a side gig making Kick Ass Cogs . Single speed, aluminum, bomb proof cogs. As the conversations were flowing regarding 29ers, Marshall convinced me to go tubeless on my SOK SRAM. With his recommendations I purchased a new front tire- WTB Weirwolf LT and had him convert it to tubeless. Cleverly using a modified 24in presta valve t

Silver Comet Depot- Mableton, GA Bianchi Dealer

My travels have taken me to Mableton, GA this time to visit Silver Comet Depot . The Depot is just that, a pre-exhisting train depot from way back. On the edge of the store's parking lot is a Rails to Trails that stretches out 98 miles, all paved and well painted designating the two lanes for travlers. The trail runs right past the edge of the of the store, so close you could fling a beer coaster out the front door and hit the path. They offer a handful of Bianchi Milano Parcos for anyone wanting a spin on the bike path with the finest cafe' bike out there. Arno, the owner and store manager of SCD has a true passion for Bianchi Bicycles. How do I know this? See the photo below: This bicycle in my opinion one of the sexiest bikes for the dollar. Great lines, color and accenting parts. It's not stock. It's a 2009 C2C Via Nirone 7 Alum Sora . Yes a Sora bike. Arno dressed the bike up with a pair of red Conti Super Sports (290gr) tires, Fizik red/wh tape, Fizik Arione sadd

Coming to a shop near you...

Monday I'm departing on a road trip that I've been waiting for 2 months to kick off. Shown here, packing up the car from my starting point of Surf City, NC. Aside from 'work', I'm hoping for some 'pleasure' in the form of riding the local trails, roads or the banks. The last one is up in the air. One of my dealers has invited me to the local Velodrome after our meeting in Asheville. Just so I don't regret my trip to the track, I threw the Pista Bars into the Rocketbox for a quick swap out. More from the road tomorrow. -------------------------------------------------- Will Mahler

2010 Bianchi Pista Via Brera

The new 2010 Bianchi Pista Via Brera is all over the web. All over as in snippets of write ups containing the same blurb. Not a bad thing but I know no more about this new ride than the next website...even Wired had a small description of the PVB. I guess IT tech dudes are digging the Pistas appeal. Let's hope the bike keeps it's good looks for a while and doesn't go through iterations like the iPod. Did I loose you there? Hope not, I like it. -------------------------------------------------- s.b.

A weekend in the shadows of the Philly Pro Race.

One of my greatest beliefs with any job or any passion is that you should never take more than you give. With that in mind, I latched onto the BMW-Bianchi Elite Team for the weekend of the 2009 TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship. Hailing from the southern end of the Mid-Atlantic region, I met up with the team the day before the race at The Bicycle Stable in Philadelphia, Pa. The shop was to be used as a departure point for what would shape up to be a Recon Race Course Ride, led by 2-time US Olympian Jame Carney. Jame is also Erica Allar's cycling coach- Erica has just joined the team near the end of last month. Also on hand for the ride kick off was Ed Nasjleti from SRAM and his tech guy. They were nice enough to lay some bike porn on us by showing off the 2010 SRAM Force grouppo. This new build kit is receiving trickle down technology from the Red kit; shifter internals, Zero Loss shifting, hardware to better center the brake calipers to the wheel and an impr

Simplicity Bicycles- Hanover, Pa

There is a new shop in my territory. Simplicity Bicycles . Kirk, the owner and head chief knows his way around a bike shop pretty well. So much that this solo break of his should stick and never be reeled back in. (This is his first store after being asst mgr for 20+ yrs at a bike shop in the neighboring county.) This photo is a sliver of the main counter and repair bay. Simplicity is a Bianchi Dealer and a dealer with a lot of heart. His wife has an old Bianchi from back in the day and still loves the bikes so much that when it was game time for Kirk, bringing Bianchi on board was an easy choice. From working at the previous shop, Kirk kept some of the Bianchi displays pieces. This is a classic lighted sign that we don't make anymore. Or at least one that looks like this one. And a banner too as shown behind the counter. The shop has a nice Mom and Pop feel to it and is wonderfully decorated with cycling memorabilia from the 80s and 90s. Kirk has a sweet collection of old racing c