12 Days of Dig: Day 3
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Dec 15, 2015 – Here is day three of the 12 Days of Dig, and what we Italy…straying from a typical Italian gear guide of $10,000 bikes, we put together three city/commuter bikes worth considering and two books about Italy you should quickly put on your summer-reading list. This is day three of the 12 Days of Dig. Enjoy!
Show stopper. The Pontevecchio is a vintage frame, combined with modern colors in a single-speed package. This bike is hard to find in the United States, but if you can, buy it and roll. Available in two different color options for $850.
Cost: $850 More: wilier.com
THE LEOPARD (IL GATTOPARDO)
The foremost Italian novel by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa captures the spirit of Sicily on the cusp of Italy’s unification in 1860. Visceral and emotive, Lampedusa describes man’s struggle against changing landscapes in both the figurative and literal sense—the tragedy of fading beauty and the inevitability of our own mortality. (Clive Pursehouse).
BIANCHI PISTA SEI GIORNI
The definitive Bianchi fixed-gear bike, the Sei Giorni has an alloy frame with a Bianchi Carbon 1⅛-inch straight, aero-blade fork up front. Everyday style for under $1,000.
Cost: $999.99 More: bianchiusa.com
GIRO IMO! RIDING THE VERY TERRIBLE 1914 TOUR OF ITALY
The Sunday Times called Tim Moore’s book, “One of the funniest books about sports ever written.” Upset by the Lance Armstrong scandal and the cycling world in general, Tim Moore sets out to ride the 3,000-kilometer Giro course of 1914 on historically accurate equipment. Adventure ensues.
COLNAGO IMPACT 2300
If you are looking for a high-end Italian commuter (who isn’t?), check out the Impact. Made from 6000-Series aluminum, with disc brakes, the Impact will get you around in comfort and style for $1,400.
Cost: $1400 More: colnago.com