For the past couple of years I’ve been commuting into work on my trusty Cannondale Badboy 8, a trusty and reliable steed capable of a swift ride. The maintenance-free nature of the bike is hugely appealing, however, two main niggles lead me to mischievous two-timing thoughts around the Cinelli Gazzetta della strada.
The Badboy ticks many boxes for the daily commuter looking for a steadfast war-horse, but the ride is somewhat harsh to say the least due to the stiffness of the extremely rigid frame and fork setup. In addition, the gearing ratio of the rear hub gear, an 8-speed Shimano Alfine unit, is a little stretching with a gap in gearing between 5 and 6 that means you have to wind it up hard to get into a rhythm to build the speed.
The appeal of the Gazzetta della strada is partly heritage and the craving for Italian style in a modern setup comprising a steel frameset that will soak up the bumps and troughs typical of London roads. The gearing of course, whilst only 16 gears should suffice providing plenty of range for normal commutes.
Mudguards are a must on a commuter. For non-believers, once you’ve been saved from water sprayed up on your back and rear it’s clear how useful they are for simple comfort, dry from surface water. Unfortunately, there’s not much they can do for the water coming down from above.
The convenient dual brakes are great for when up on the top bars or in the lower bars, perfect for safe riding in any position. The package of accessories form the Selle San Marco saddle to the retro high polish stem provide a touch of class to your commute.
The price, not cheap at £999, however, just within the Cycle2work limit.
Here are some pictures…
This is what Cinelli say about the Gazzetta della strada:
This Cinelli innovation continues its adventure, after rapidly achieving the status of a true cult item.
- There is a new and original color for the slightly sloped geometry of a frame that guarantees adaptation to the measurements of different riders, and greater height adjustment range for the seat, while maintaining a stylish look.
- For sporty urban riding, even in bad weather, thanks to the new design of the rear stays and the fork to allow for attachment of light mudguards.
- The bike has a compact front rack, a handy place to put a backpack or handbag.
- The Columbus steel frame is also equipped with eyelets for the attachment of a rear carrier.
- The pedals do double duty: clips on one side, because Gazzetta della Strada is ready to race, but also practical rubber treads on the other, for safe use with leather footwear.
- New Regal saddle (Selle San Marco) in ultra-comfortable microfiber, techno-leather bar tape coordinated with the seat, and silver accessories to add a touch of precious shine, as in the glory years of Grande Ciclismo.
Now, what’s the web address for my company’s ride2work scheme?