Bianchi Valle Review for 2009

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I was searching around for some new touring bike models, looking for upgraded 2009 bicycles, and generally anything else I could get my hands on, and I stumbled across the Bianchi Valle.  Bianchi also offers their ‘specialized’ touring bike the Volpe, a pretty nice touring bike with good features and a mid-range price tag.  But when I looked through the specs for the two bikes, I found the Valle to be a decent option for shorter-range tours.  It offers the same frame as the Volpe, CroMo steel frame and fork, and also has braze-ons to mount fenders and racks.  Actually, the Valle comes with front and rear fenders.  Another interesting difference between the two bikes is the Valle’s power-generating front dynamo hub.  Both bikes have 32 spoke rims which aren’t going to be too reliable with extremely heavy loads, which is why this bike is a decent possibility for shorter tours or commuters.

Bianchi Valle

I don’t like the flat handlebars on the Valle, the drop bars on the Volpe are much more my style.  I prefer the drop bars with the bar-end shifters.  The short chainstay length of 425mm might cause a bit of a problem when loading racks and panniers on the rear of the bike, if you’ve had any experience with doing that on this bike let us know.  I know the Surly Nice Rack offers enough clearance for this frame size with a properly adjusted rear Ortlieb pannier, I checked the pannier/rack combo on a lot of different bikes before I bought my racks.

I think this bike is worth checking out if you are in the market for a commuter or a short haul bike.  It’s another bike to add to your comparison list before making the big purchase.

Don’t forget to visit http://www.theultimatetrek.com to learn more about the upcoming Long Haul for Hunger Bicycling Trek.  Over 8,500 miles across 2 continents.  We’re recruiting riders and would love to have you join for all or part of the ride.

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  1. Hi Daniel, have been looking at your site and this review and thought you might like to add the Thorn Nomad to the list. We are doing an environmental awareness trip through the himalayas this year and have decided on this one. Its a beast built to go anywhere but might be a bit outside the stipulations for price, especially with the way exchange rates are at the moment ( Pound to dollar) . Anyway thought it might help. Our trip is called the cycle for change based in Japan. http://www.cycle-for-change.com. We will keep checking in with your preparations and wish you ll the best of luck.
    cheers
    Gavin
    http://www.cycle-for-change.com

    • Hi Gavin, thanks for the post, I’m always happy to come across new touring blogs and yours was a great one. We’re gonna link up to you on our blog in hopes of sending a couple of people your way. Looking forward to checking out the Thorn Nomad as well. Good luck to you as well, if there is anything we can help with along the way give us a shout. Good luck with your sponsorships and the ride.

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