My First BIANCHI...


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HARPO

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Attached are two photos from the ebay listing of the bike I just bought. I hope to pick it up on Sunday, but the seller needs to get back to me about that.
Yes...it needs quite a bit of work, but it's a Celeste Bianchi...:cool: which I've wanted for years now! Rarely seen in my size, this will be quite another project (while I'm still working on my 1952 Rudge), but I have so many new parts I can put on it I can hardly wait.
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Can anyone out there possibly identify the model and year? Closest I've come is a 1985 Alloro. Hopefully a Bianchi expert will tell me.:)
 

HARPO

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BTW...on one of the photos that were listed, you can see a MADE IN ITALY decal at the bottom of the seat tube. Nothing wrong with one made in Japan, but I really wanted an Italian made bike.:D
 
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rhenning

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Maybe it is just the photos be it looks to me that the bike has had a hard front end collision. Roger
 

HARPO

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Maybe it is just the photos be it looks to me that the bike has had a hard front end collision. Roger
I'm hoping the front end is fine. I followed the line down from the head tube and it looks OK. Maybe the lighting? To me, a hard collision would be obvious with the fork back and very noticeable.
 

mongeese

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Check the top lug on top of top tube. If it is separated or paint is cracked at connection there was a crash. I do not think it has been crashed but that will tell you. Bianchis geometry are that way and can look odd in pictures. The forks are one of the keys to that Bianchi zip nimbility when ridden.
 
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HARPO

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Check the top lug on top of top tube. If it is separated or paint is cracked at connection there was a crash. I do not think it has been crashed but that will tell you. Bianchis geometry are that way and can look odd in pictures. The forks are one of the keys to that Bianchi zip nimbility when ridden.
Thanks mongeese. Once I get to see it in person, I'll of course give it a very close look. I don't think its been crashed either. Seller has 100% feedback so I hope this counts for something. He's already asked about other bikes he has that I might be interested in, but nothing he has I'd want.
 

juvela

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Bicycle from the Piaggio period.

Several years earlier than 1985.

Originally there would have been a model name transfer on the top tube.

WRT - appearance of sloping top tube. stern tyre completely flat while front has enough air to give it shape.

Might be a model 980 circa 1982.

Appears front mech may be the seldom seen Nuovo Valentino model. Does cage have winged wheel logo rather than "burst?"

Brakeset appears Weinmann 605.

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bulldog1935

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bikewhorder

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bulldog1935

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I think it's just the taller frame (and yes, probably parallax error), here's my Moser that size, another steep,aggressive short wheelbase 64cm frame
(long focal length, not much parallax)
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HARPO

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Picked the bike up. It's a bit worse for wear than I had thought (mismatched wheels, also) and the seller knew I wasn't happy. He was willing to take it back, or give me $20 off the price. I picked the latter. For $69 I'm safe no matter what I do to it. Still, a lot of work, but I love doing this sort of thing.

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petritl

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Does 1983 sound correct? Still a nice bicycle that would make a nice frame to put a modern drivetrain on; Campagnolo 9 spd drivetrains in good condition come up for sale at great values because it is too old to be cool and to new to be vintage cool.

The corrosion can be taken care with dabbing some Blue Magic branded metal polish on the spots and letting it sit for a few hours, it will turn those spots into natural metal.
 

mongeese

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Here is the wear from a crash or heavy use from a serious rider or heavy weight rider. Not too concerning yet many variables still arrise.
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