I've made some slight changes to the site, mainly for aesthetics and to better describe this blog. Nothing too drastic, but moving on.
For awhile now, I've been thinking about replacing the 2006 Bianchi Pista that I use as an all-season road bike with an actual road bike, mainly because of toe overlap, being unable to put fenders on my rims or a rack on the back, and the lack of braze-ons for a bottle cage.
After some thinking, I think I'm going to stick with the Pista for the moment. For starters, toe overlap isn't that big of a deal. As far as fenders go, other people have been able to successfully come up with DIY fenders for the Pista. I can use leather straps instead of needing braze-ons for a bottle cage. The only two things I can't resolve is the frame geometry differences between a track and road bike (which I don't think is a huge issue when I'm using it as a commuter and the farthest I'm biking at once is ~13 miles) and the lack of a rack, which also isn't a huge issue because I have a waterproof Chrome bag that I put on my back. If I obtained another waterproof bag (maybe like a duffel bag) that would be more suited to resting on a rack, I'd be more inclined to drop money or the wrench time in to get myself a road bike.
However, there's one thing I need to do. I'm currently running stock cranks (170) and gearing (48/16) with 700C tires. I need to drop the chainring down to like a 42. The 48 makes hills such a bitch, along with skid stopping and hopping corners.