2009 Bianchi Volpe
The Volpe is a steel cyclocross bike that I've set up as a commuter, grocery-getter and light tourer. The frame geometry is relatively relaxed, and there's a small saddle-to-bar drop. Changes or additions to stock include a Shimano dynamo hub, Busch & Müller lights, a Brooks B-17 saddle, Velo Orange stainless steel mudguards, a Tubus Cargo rear rack, Velocity Synergy rims, an Ultegra rear hub and Crank Brothers Candy pedals.
The Mark V is a steel single-speed/fixed-gear bike that I use as a fast ride around town. If the route's not hilly, it's great for long rides as well. The Mark V geometry is fairly aggressive and highly responsive (even twitchy), but unlike many other SS/FG bikes, it has been designed more for the road, less for the track. I built it up myself using mainly Iro components, with a flip-flop hub, Nitto bullhorns or Origin8 risers, Brooks Team Pro saddle, Velocity Deep-V rims and Crank Brothers Eggbeater pedals.
This is my training bike, a road racer. It's the fastest and lightest of the stable, is responsive to steering input, and puts the rider in an aggressive, aerodynamic position. The CAAD9 was Cannondale's top-of-the-line aluminium frame (there's now a CAAD10) and the '4' indicates the level of componentry, in this case at the SRAM Rival level, with Force cranks. Changes or additions to stock include 42cm FSA Wing Pro Compact handlebars, a Thompson Elite seatpost, a 130mm stem, and Speedplay Zero pedals.