I first got word of this bikes existence at Eroica California earlier this year and became very intrigued. It is fascinating to me that there appears to be enough interest in classic bicycles these days that a major manufacturer like Bianchi has decided to reintroduce what is basically a 30 year old bicycle in most regards. Apparently they believe that there is a demand that is not being met in the current marketplace.

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I don’t do a lot of centuries anymore but one that I try and do when I can is the Portland Century. There are two great things about this ride; first is that they find a wonderful route that is different each year. Next is the free beer at the end of the ride by Hopworks! I love beer sponsors.

Heading out of PDX on Terwilliger Blvd.

Heading out of PDX on Terwilliger Blvd.

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I purchased this bike last year (2014) from Pacific Coast Cycles in Oceanside California. This shop has a surprising number of older bikes in various conditions which are available for purchase. Lygie was a marque that I was not familiar with but this was a quality bike crying out to be loved so I took it home. This one was in original condition and mostly complete when I bought it but it was not rideable. It came with Campagnolo Record drive-train and hubs, 27 inch clinchers and Weinmann brakes and levers. The paint was also original but the down-tube decals had mostly flaked off. Still, with a little bit of love……..

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Oregon Randonneurs puts on some really great rides. They don’t always guarantee the best weather but the routes are almost always spectacular. Yesterday I had both a great ride and wonderful weather!  The Ride with GPS route is here.

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Gallon House bridge across Abiqua Creek

 

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The day is finally here, and Eroica California is on! Approximately 700 riders have signed up for one of the three routes, a 40 mile short course, a 65 mile route and of course the 127 mile long route. My frequent riding partner Bob and I will be riding the long route.

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Today was a good day. I brought my old motorbike over to the concours of bicycles and hung out for a while. I hooked up with Bob, my riding buddy from Utah and we chatted with lots of people over the next hour or two. Andreas who works for Brooks, Nicola who is with the L’Eroica group from Italy and Tim from L’Eroica Britannia. All very interesting people who were wonderful to talk to about their passion for the sport.

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After arriving last night, today was about getting out and seeing a bit of the area, on a bike! I was able to do a bit of a pre-ride on the first 30 miles of the route and what I can say at this point is that it is a spectacular course. It will also be a challenging route which traverses endless rolling hills, punctuated by some dirt roads as well as some real climbs. Heroic is definitely an appriopriate adjective for this event.

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