My First BIANCHI...

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  1. #41 Posted May 28, 2018

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    Thanks very much for this update.

    Great to see that she's coming right along.

    Aesthetic suggestion -

    if available to you, she would look best with Celeste, blue or silver cable casing rather than black. appreciate you may be using what is to hand. ;)

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    Automobiles -

    not only does there appear to be a vast array of makes and models but scales as well. think i see everything from 1/87 up to 1/18. when a new arrival warrants it do you perform resprays? airbrush?

    every last item in batcave appears "clean as a whistle and neat as a pin!" :)

    mine own living quarters are more of what i have seen termed the "pile-o-maniac" school of interior decor. :rolleyes:

    no lady present to keep this elderly bachelor maintaining a semblance of civilisation.

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    All best wishes with your first Bicicletta Italiana.

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  2. #42 Posted May 28, 2018

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    Thanks @juvela.

    Scales on the cars range actually up to 1/12 (the cars on the stand under the TV). My son bought the TV after I fell off a ladder and broke my wrist back in November. Recoup time in The Batcave! IMG_3159.JPG IMG_3161.JPG IMG_3162.JPG

    This part of the house (attic) used to be my airbrushing studio when I did freelance illustrations while working full time as an Art Director (now retired). I have AC, heat, TV and stereo so it's my "go to" place. Although the basement is finished, I still prefer this area. Oh, and older bikes are down there...

    As far as cables, I agree with the colors you've said. For now I'll keep these on there until I decide how far I want to go with this project.

    My wife has over the years has accepted all of this, even showing me bikes she thinks I might be interested in. Go figure! At one point years ago I thought I'd come home from work and find some at the curb.

    I keep busy with all of this, and just finished building, by myself, the attached Lodge for my two Grandchildren. Took six days but it was worth it.
    My daughter's husband works long hours, and it was something we bought the kids to have for the summer in their new house. Never a dull moment!
     
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    My 1986 Bianchi Trofeo has blue cable housings and bar wrap that are OE. The color works well with the blue decals.

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    Blue would work nicely, as would white if I do white handlebar tape. Lol...maybe brown to go with all the rusty scrapes...:rolleyes:
     
  5. #45 Posted May 29, 2018

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    Beautiful seatposts, certainly worth having, and a nice piece of research,
    but since I lived the bike boom, I've never been impressed with the catalog perfect collector's fantasy.
    (I'm impressed with SunTour Cyclone, and after '75, many Campy RDs were functionally upgraded by smart owners)

    A living bicycle was an exercise in improvement. On my '77 Raleigh Grand Prix (frame dated May '76, purchased fall '76), the 2-pc post/clamp went the way of the steel rims in 1980.
    Replaced it with the smallest LaPrade, 26.2mm, which in turn, turned on a lathe to 25.7mm to just my ride height.
    In the not all seatposts are created equal department, nothing is pressed on the LaPrade - it's a one piece casting and machined - ok, and re-machined.
    Recently re-used that custom seatpost on my '57 Raleigh Lenton GP.
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    Lou had a catalog-perfect 1960 Lenton GP that he altered for functional hill-climbing. I think he might trade for my '57 Lenton in a heartbeat, not that it's offered.
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    And to be fair, they're apples and oranges - mine was an answer to how to build a bare frame and fork without altering it.
    speaking of functional upgrades, Tad's Bianchi looks even better wearing his blue spiked butterfly platform pedals
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    though it might look equally cool with the strada pedals, toeclips, and the right-color Cristophe reinforced fabric straps
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    I never thought to ask this, but does anyone out there have a catalog page they can scan for me of this bike when it was new?...PLEASE??:)
     
  7. #47 Posted Jun 1, 2018

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    what juvela said, 1980 Bianchi catalog just isn't available online - since the company changed hands that year, there may not have even been one.
    If you look at the '82 catalog, it doesn't show model details other than frame dimensions.
    found another bike with a downsloping top tube in the '73 catalog, the Model 68 Special
     
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  8. #48 Posted Jun 6, 2018

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    have another datapoint to add to the forward-down-sloping top tube/ steep head angle base.
    This bike was posted on CR. It's a Gitane women's hour-record bike, c. 1962, currently with 650b conversion.
    "RECORD WOMAN de 'lHEURE Champions du Monde, "on chrome seat panel.

    You can see it has the same aggressive front end with low bars, if set up with the stock wheels.
    google won't let me copy the image, but this link should show it
    they do kind of look like they've been chasing parked cars.

    I was able to copy this image of a Castelli track frame built with similar aggression
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    also this L/E Eddy Merx replica offered in 2012
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    back to add this '88 Team Fuji with sloping top tube
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    You can see it has the same aggressive front end with low bars, if set up with the stock wheels.
    google won't let me copy the image, but this link should show it
    they do kind of look like they've been chasing parked cars.

    Thanks anyway @bulldog1935 , but the link won't open. Wild looking frame on the Castelli, though!

    I need to get back to working on the Bianchi (and the '52Rudge!) at some point. The Lotus threw me off balance, but it's nice to have a bunch of projects to be working on. I don't like being bored, lol! :D
     
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  10. #50 Posted Jun 6, 2018

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    yep, it only opens on a computer that's already opened it through CR, and you have to be a member to read CR
     
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    OK...no laughing. I know it's blasphemy, but I had a pair of 27'' alloy rims with 1 1/4'' tires from a mint condition 10 speed Schwinn from many years ago. I just need something to put on there (and they fit ) so I can eventually place my butt on the saddle and go for a ride. Down the road I'll swap them out, but for now it's whatever I have on hand to get this thing out into the open air.
    Tomorrow, at some point, the white handlebar tape gets applied. If I find time, Ole Rusty and I will hit the pavement. More to follow...;)

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  12. #52 Posted Jun 9, 2018

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    Finished it up! Needs adjustments here and there, but at least for now it's ride-able...or look-able at any rate.

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  13. #53 Posted Jun 9, 2018

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    Great to see the 980 now roadworthy!

    Thanks for the update. :)

    HARPO & bulldog1935 -

    have been enjoying muchly your informative posts on this thread.

    note on 980 saddle pillar -

    the only reason am familiar with this model of bike is because i own one, purchased at garage sale about twenty years back. had not seen one of these pillars previously and it bears no maker's name or model name. it is marked with two florentine script initials and the size. it was only after this thread began that i poked about the internet a bit to learn its identity. thought its presence slightly odd since Bianchi kitted the bicycle with mostly OFMEGA fittings and OFMEGA did make saddle pillars. the brake caliper date marking on my example is 1982. suspect they may have only made it that one year. have been unable to find a Bianchi catalogue for that date online.

    wrt Lou's Lenton -

    got to examine it in detail prior to his purchase as it was listed on the Los Angeles CL. Lou did a whole lot of cleaning/detailing to get it to its present state! :D gave him a couple tips during the process. he posted regular updates.

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    Thanks @juvela

    It's been a pleasure working on the bike. Funny how you've had one all these years! This project was really close to home!

    I've always wanted a Bianchi, in Celeste, of course. Although I've wanted one in much better original condition, this will at least quench my thirst for a while. Hopefully I'll mate the correct size rims to the bike soon, but for now I enjoy just looking at it and knowing I've saved it. This one will remain in the stable for some time...maybe forever.

    Thank you, Roger and Ron, for all your help and insights into this project. Its been, of course, a labor of love. And now...time to look for a new one! :D

    Fred
     
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    I purchased some one step oil based touch up paint this evening, the paint shop spent a lot of time getting it to match extremely well.


    If you are in need, I believe I can part with a little
    The photo is when the process started.

    Tad

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  16. #56 Posted Jun 13, 2018

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    there are 64 bottles of touch-up paint in there
     
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    @petritl ...you have enough to paint a bedroom Celeste green, lol...or work in the Bianchi spray booth in Italy!

    Yes, if you wouldn't mind selling me a touch-up bottle worth that would be great. A little goes a long way for my needs.

    Thanks Tad so much for the offer!!!
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    Fred,

    I’ll look for some bottles this week.

    I tried the paint on my worst chip this evening to see how it goes:

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    Tad, the paint match is unreal!!! You'll soon be getting a letter of "cease and desist" from Bianchi :rolleyes:.

    Whenever you get around to finding a bottle is fine, and I appreciate the offer more then you know. I haven't a bike with this many chips and scratches in...well, ever! I'll make sure to do some before and after photos. :)
     
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    Looks like Tad may have eno' there to touch up two or three frames. :D

    Fred -

    Now that I know you are a professional artist I promise never again to make any colour/aesthetic suggestions!

    What plans have you for The Lodge come winter? Will you partially disassemble and place into storage or leave out?

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