2006 Bianchi Volpe - Single Speed
I bought the Volpe new back in 2007. I had completely worn out my previous commuting bike (an early 90s Trek Mtn bike) and wanted something a bit sportier, but still tough enough to take the abuse of year-round commuting. The Volpe is sort of a touring bike, and sort of a cyclo cross bike, but probably best suited to being an all-around, go-anywhere, do-anything transportation bike.
The Volpe originally had a touring drive train, with a triple crank and an 8 speed cassette, but after about a year of commuting on the Volpe I decided to convert it to a single speed cuz all the cool kids were doing it. The Volpe's horizontal rear dropouts made the conversion easy and I instantly fell in love with single speed riding. Since then I've put about 10,000 miles on the Volpe. I ride it to work nearly every day and it's often my choice for 200k brevets and permanents.
For me, this bike is like that old worn-in pair of Levis that you hope will never die. It just feels like a part of me when I'm riding it. This bike sees more use by far than any other bike I own. It's been through some minor component changes here and there but it will remain a single speed until its dropouts drop out.
Front wheel: Mavic A319/Shimano DH-3N80 Dynamo Hub
Rear wheel: Mavic Open Sport/Surly Track hub
Crank set: Sugino XD500T w/ 44T chainring
Front D: nope
Rear D: nuh-uh
Shifters: as if
Freewheel: White Industries 18T
Stem: Stock Bianchi
Handlebars: Stock Bianchi
Brakes: Cane Creek Cantilevers
Brake levers: Tektro
Saddle: Selle San Marco Regal
Fenders: Planet Bike hardcore
Tires: Panaracer Pasela 28mm
Headlight: B&M IQ Cyo