Yesterday, after two weeks of nothing but 1963 Vespa and Fiat sightings, I saw a fixie in Rome, but it was elusive, and rode off into traffic before I was able to identify it properly. It had fenders, though, which, on one hand, seems strange for a city this UNrainy, but, on the other, not that strange for a city this manic about “style.”
Two minutes later, I walked into my first Italian bike shop, and promptly began drooling. the Lazzarotti shop had, oh, 30 Colnagos, (including a custom Ferrari model), 20 Pinarellos, and at least one spicy Cinelli. Some were even selling for the low low price of 7,400 euros. Ouch. That’s, um, like, $10k.
I tried to get a Colnago keychain thingy, but even it was $40. WTF?
Off to Chamonix tomorrow. Yeeeeeehaw.