Just buzzin’ around

Getting Italian in the Sandias.

Hey, what can I tell you? It was a Vespa kind of day out there today.

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13 Responses to “Just buzzin’ around”

  1. khal spencer Says:

    Those Vespas are really pretty. Plus, the color is appropriate.

  2. Pat O'Brien Says:

    Classy! Good to see it get out of the garage.

  3. JD Dallager Says:

    Ferrari Red? Nice!! Put some 29 inch wheels on that baby and go off road.

  4. debby511 Says:

    Cool scooter! Still the middle of winter up here in the People’s Republic. 😦

  5. Libby Says:

    Speaking of Italian, Gregory Peck is the Vespa riding journalist pursuing a huge story in “Roman Holiday”. Put yourself in the picture, have Herself climb aboard and you have your Princess! Eddie Albert is the slightly scruffy, third-wheel photog who is indispensable to the story. You can cast him.

  6. larryatcycleitalia Says:

    Italian? Here’s your Italian: CycleItalia’s great pizza shootout, part six.

    And to think I’m leaving here next week to come to ….Sacramento?

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      How long a trip is that, Lorenzo? And will you be fetching your own pizza along with you? I could ask an old Sacramento Bee buddy for some dining recommendations if you like.

      • larryatcycleitalia Says:

        I guess it’s 8+ hours Milan-NYC, then on to LA which I guess is another 4-5? On the way to Milano we’ll stop off in Toscana to watch Strade Bianche and visit the Bartali museum.
        These pizze are good only when eaten right away which is why we get ’em to go only from a place I can walk to/from in a minute or two. But that still gives us plenty of choices!
        As to food, I’ll be taking the Buddha’s advice and lowering my expectations as I’m now pretty much fully Italian when it comes to food – once you leave here nothing measures up, so why bother?.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        My man Merrill, late of The New York Times, formerly of The Bee, recommends a couple places: Paragary’s (wood-fired pizze, pasta, etc.) and Centro (Mexican). Looks like they’re both under the same corporate umbrella.

        • Late update: Merrill adds a few more recommendations: “Biba is the fancier place in town, same area. Lemon Grass is a well-known place owned by a Vietnamese refugee woman who put together a fine restaurant and a well-known cookbook. It’s out east a bit, a little beyond Sac State, but not too far. For coffee, find the closest Temple Coffee outlet, a local grinder that does it up right.”

  7. Carl Duellman Says:

    can you put panniers on that thing?

    • larryatcycleitalia Says:

      Here in Italy it’s not panniers but a big plastic box on the rear rack from https://www.givi.it/ if you didn’t get the factory accessory.
      If that’s not enough, you put the stuff on the “floor” and keep it there between your feet. My fave is the cooking gas guy who delivers the bottles – carrying two mounted crossways on a rack behind him!

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Y’know, I think I could. I have a set of Arkel Dry-Lites that would probably work with a little Irish-American engineering. But I do pretty well with that Wald bicycle basket, toe-strapped to the rear rack and topped with a mesh net.

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