The Bianchi Zurigo Disc is just the thing for the Elena Gallegos trails.

The Bianchi Zurigo Disc is just the thing for the Elena Gallegos trails.

I only had one chore today — get the groceries — so I spent the better part of the late morning/early afternoon horsing the Bianchi Zurigo Disc around and about in the Elena Gallegos Open Space.

You don’t want to be doing that on a weekend, no sir; it’s like a Lycra anthill in there. But during bidness hours on a weekday, oh my yes, especially if the temps are sneaking up on 70.

The Zurigo handles these rocky, sandy trails just fine, especially considering that it’s an alloy bike, the only one in the fleet. The carbon fork helps, as do the 38mm tires.

But I’m thinking I may follow Pat O’B’s lead and slap some TRP Spyres on the sumbitch. Those Avid BB5s make more bad noise than a GOP debate scored for air hammer and busted chainsaw.


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15 Responses to “TGIF”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    No wonder I don’t recall this road test. It was before I joined Adventure Cyclist.

  2. JD Dallager Says:

    PO’G: Have you considered gettin’ or testin’ a mountain bike? ABQ and Santa Fe have some great MTB trails …. not to mention they’re (the MTBs) easier on the back, make you feel like a 10-year old again (sorta!), offer an excuse for bringing’ up the back of the pack, and can double as bikepackin’/tourin’ rigs.

    Groceries? No prob. Stylin’? No prob. Flat shoes? No prob. Etc.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Funny you should mention it, JD: I reviewed a Jeff Jones 29er in 2013, and it’s about as upright a ride as Rivendell’s Clem (it’s unsuspended, too).

      I have a 1995 DBR Axis TT, too, a titanium 26-incher with a rebuilt RockShox Judy SL from HippieTech.

      But there’s just something about riding a drop-bar bike on singletrack that blows my skirt up. It’s a sickness.

      • JD Dallager Says:

        Just read the Jeff Jones article (terrific as always, PO’G) and viewed the Axis TT. Some classy looking’ bikes both! My how times and bikes have changed….even in the three years since the Jones article. A “slack 70 degree head tube” in 2013 is now 67 degrees. Almost looked like an early dropper post on the Axis, but I suspect it was a shock absorbing post. ??

        Nice bikes…..even better journalism! Gracias!

  3. psobrien Says:

    We gave up totally on the Avid banshees. Sandy is now also sporting TRP Spykes (the mountain version of the brake) on her Salsa Ala Carte. We are totally happy with them. And no noise! Even in dusty conditions. I have running them on my Niner for 6 months.

  4. karen Says:

    Love this gorgeous photo! Chicago: love trumps hatred, go Bernie!!!

  5. Larry T. Says:

    “Lycra anthill” Priceless!
    Techs I know say they left the O out, it should be AVOID. I sat through a tech seminar awhile back and nothing I saw impressed me much. But heck, I still ride MTB’s now and then with (heavens!) mere 26″ wheels, so what do I know? I usually get the combo prize as oldest guy with the oldest bike anytime I show up to a group thing in the dirt.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Hah! “Left the ‘O’ out.” I haven’t heard that one yet.

      My 26-inch DBR ti’ has ancient Shimano XT V-brakes — it originally came with cantilevers — and my cyclo-cross bikes all have cantis, save for the Bianchi, which is not really a ‘cross bike; more of an adventure bike, gravel bike, all-road bike, whatever the wizards are calling ’em these days.

      The touring bikes all have cantis, barring the Co-Motion Divide Rohloff. And my road racing bike, which is even older than the mountain bike, still has its original Shimano 600 calipers. They’re the only stock bits on the bike. They work, so why change ’em?

      I’d like to try Paul’s Minimoto one of these days. I hear nothing but good things, and God knows the Touring and Neo-Retro cantis have stopped me from killing myself more than a few times over the years.

      • khal spencer Says:

        The LaCruz has BB7’s. They are not as good as the Shimano hydraulics on the Stumpjumper but for a bike that gets used as a commuter, including occasional diversions down Camp May Road in the summer, they work fine. Only bike I wish I had disks on that I don’t is the tandem. Two people and two V brakes has never been a great combination.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        Our MTB brakes are V’s, either Shimano or one of the knock-offs. If I rode the things a lot I might could be interested in some newer tech, but for the few times a year we play in the dirt I’m not interested in spending the $$ on new dirt bikes. The old Treks we have in Italy are…well…really old – came with canti brakes and rigid forks dontcha know!!! They’re OK for the rare times we play in Italian dirt.

  6. Carl Duellman Says:

    and the time change is this sunday. it snuck up on me. time to shave off the beard i grow in the fall as a protest against the darkness. let the after work rides commence!

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