Bianchi Folgore 1948

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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
16,202
17,028
Evans, GA
#1
At least that's what I think it is. Serial numbers seem to be a little confusing on these but this one matches up to the catalog pretty well except for the guard which I believe must have been an optional accessory. I always wanted a vintage Bianchi in Celeste with the Cambio Corsa drive train and when this one showed up I had to make the deal. Thanks to @juvela for advice prior to purchase. I'm not sure if I'm going to leave the guards (chain and mud) on it or make it more race looking. Pedals are on the way and as soon as I can get a decent set of levers, cables, and new tires I'm gonna give this thing a try. To shift you have to let it free wheel, flip the top lever out to release the wheel, and pedal backwards while moving the lower lever to a new gear. The you pedal forward and lock the top lever back. This is going to be like learning how to drive a clutch for the first time! I would call the paint pretty decent but still an amateur job and they used the wrong decals/stickers. I'll fine tune both the aesthetics and the mechanics to get this one right again. If anyone has a set of period Universal levers I'm in the market--one of these is broke. V/r Shawn

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Blackbomber

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 23, 2018
187
235
43
Connecticut, USA
#3
So nice! I had a Japanese made Bianchi in the ‘80s. Would love to own a Celeste green one now. I’m not to picky on model and equipment, as I’m presently riding an electro-forged Schwinn lightweight.
 
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kccomet

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Mar 23, 2009
772
914
Independence, United States
#6
pretty cool, Cambio corsa, pretty seldom seen. I had a pretty rough unknown bike with cambio quite a few years ago. I sold it to an old racer, he got it up an running and would shift would little effort. I'm sure it would take a lot of practice to be fluid. great find, the one I had is the only one I've ever seen in person. I could do without the chain guard, but that's just my taste
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
16,202
17,028
Evans, GA
#7
pretty cool, Cambio corsa, pretty seldom seen. I had a pretty rough unknown bike with cambio quite a few years ago. I sold it to an old racer, he got it up an running and would shift would little effort. I'm sure it would take a lot of practice to be fluid. great find, the one I had is the only one I've ever seen in person. I could do without the chain guard, but that's just my taste
Yea I'll probably remove the mudguards and chain guard and go for the corsa look. I already have a restored Bianchi seat on the way and hope to resolve the brake lever situation soon. I learned how to ride a unicycle so learning how to shift this shouldn't be too difficult! V/r Shawn
 

non-fixie

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jun 5, 2011
28
31
Yurp
#11
Ah! So that's where those levers came from. Seeing that at least one previous owner lived in France, it reinforces my suspicion that that's where they came from.

Pretty bike! I'd keep the mudguards. So very Italian.
 

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