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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,718
Floral Park, NY, United States
@juvela lol...make any color or aesthetic suggestions you wish! Clients used to do it...:eek:

As far as "The Wilderness Lodge" goes, it will remain in the position it's in or until it becomes firewood.
The book says to make sure to apply some type of sealer to it at the end of each summer to help preserve the cedar for a longer life. No big deal, as I have a spray container that I use on my fence. I'll make sure I get "clear" because I love the color the company stained it.
 
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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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Tad -

You have probably done a whole lot more touchup than I so here is a tip with lots of humility behind it:

try first sanding the spot with wet-or-dry wet sandpaper of 1000 grit. i like to use a length of inner tube stretched over one of the wooden paddle type paint stirrers given away free at paint stores as a sanding pad. this will get rid of any "edges" of scratch an permit the touchup to feather in somewhat better.

looks like you are well on your way there. :smiley:

is the Umberto Dei now completed in its final configuration or do you envision any further tweaks?

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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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Small drop of history/background information -

Piaggio purchased the cycle division of Bianchi in 1979. The first Piaggio transferred Bianchi bicycles were the 1980 model year.

Your machine, model 980 seems to have been only offered ca. 1982.

For the 1983 model year it evolved to something termed the Nuovo Racing model. These are identical to your machine save that the gear ensemble is Campag Nuovo Record.

Here is a photo of a 1983 Nuovo Racing model -

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Note how good your intuition - right down to the white saddle! ;)

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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,718
Floral Park, NY, United States
@juvela Thanks Roger for the photo and info. I now for sure know it's a 1982...and yes, I guess I did well with the white as far as a "factory made look". Old Art Director intuitions are still functioning, lol!

@petritl ...Please let me know, Tad, if you decide at some point to be a "retailer" with a touch-up bottle of your magic elixar of Celeste paint. I'd gladly purchase a bottle.

fred
 
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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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Buongiorno Don Federico!

Good to see you posting again.

Hope your absence was due to travel or activity. ;)

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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,718
Floral Park, NY, United States
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Buongiorno Don Federico!

Good to see you posting again.

Hope your absence was due to travel or activity. ;)

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Oh, I've been here on The Cabe @juvela . Check out the 1967 Schwinn Starlet I just finished...and previously the 1988 Schwinn Premis...:)
 
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petritl

I live for the CABE
Aug 15, 2012
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Washington, IL
I need to find a small can or bottle; I’ll give you the paint if you pickup the shipping
 
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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,718
Floral Park, NY, United States
I need to find a small can or bottle; I’ll give you the paint if you pickup the shipping
@petritl Tad, I'll be happy to pay you for some PLUS shipping, of course! Thank you much! Just let me know and I'll Paypal you. PM me when you know...

fred
 
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bulldog1935

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 21, 2013
3,766
Bulverde, TX
If he doesn't spread this paint out, he'll have to buy a lot more Bianchis.
 
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Viewmaster

Look Ma, No Hands!
Jan 28, 2019
46
California
Awesome find, and resto. You cleaned that Bianchi up well. I am the original owner of a 1987 Champione Di Italia. Your 980 is real nice. Ofmega cranks, with a BCD of 140, so a smaller inner chainring than 42t is not possible. (if you were wondering) The rear derailleur is Campy Victory. I have the same on mine. Front may or may not be Victory, not sure, as I switched my cranks to a Campy mid compact. I ride mine all the time in the hills...and well...more weight and less fitness. Lets just leave that alone. LOL

Good job.

-e
 

juvela

I live for the CABE
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1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
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The BCD on the machine's OFMEGA Competizione chainset is 144mm. ;)

The manufacturer offers chainwheel dentition down to 41T, subsequently copied by Campag.

1983 OFMEGA catalogue page showing the Competition road ensemble -

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Mr.RED

Finally riding a big boys bike
Dec 17, 2017
164
36
Massachusetts
Ofmega stuff is so goofy looking I wonder how good the derailleurs work. Anyhow very nice Bianchis
 

juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,207
Playa del Rey, United States
Ofmega stuff is so goofy looking I wonder how good the derailleurs work. Anyhow very nice Bianchis
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That "banana" rear mech was offered in colours.

They seem to have become something of a collector's item.

Have a powder blue frame hanging in me racks have always dreamed of building up with pink bits. Wanted to get a set of these mechs in that colour for the project. No experience of working with or using them.

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Chromate green was another option for the Mistral gear ensemble -

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The Mistral chainset is another OFMEGA item from this era which seems to have taken on some collector value.

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Brand name an acronym formed of Officine Mecchaniche Giostra.

Sometimes in cycle manufacturer catalogues and brochures it is written as OF.ME.GA. Bianchi one manufacturer who followed this practice.

Company folded tent ~1985.

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HARPO

I live for the CABE
Dec 28, 2010
1,718
Floral Park, NY, United States
I still haven't put any miles on this yet...aye carumba! To busy buying more bikes I don't have any more room for, lol. :tonguewink:
 

harpon

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jan 8, 2012
155
Jacksonville FL
Here's a nice Ofmega crank set labeled " Bianchi"- pretty clean and reasonable price. (not mine)

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Ofmega-Competizione-Cranks-170mm-Bianchi-Pantograph/173689105534?_trkparms=aid=222007&algo=SIM.MBE&ao=1&asc=20131231084308&meid=0a3055867f624568a5771e23a05c4542&pid=100010&rk=6&rkt=12&sd=223272124578&itm=173689105534&_trksid=p2047675.c100010.m2109

I put an Ofmega "Super Record" clone on the old '67 PX 10 a few years back- pretty nice, maybe I'll take a picture. Done- bike under slight cable construction and tires need air. Campy Record rear, Campy 980 front derailleur. Note titanium crank bolts- alloy chain ring bolts and lightweight China pedals. Love 'em!

ofmega 1.jpg

ofmega 2.jpg
 
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