Classic and Vintage Bicycles: What's it Worth? Appraisals and Inquiries - Any Info on this Bianchi?
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I purchased this bike a few years ago, used, from a bike shop. It's a Bianchi Strada LX. I've made several changes to the bike. Added a triple change ring (from a double) and new cassette on the back, with a granny gear (plenty of hills to climb), six sprockets. Also bar-end shifters, from the original ones on the down tube.
The frame is steel.
Was thinking about buying a new road bike next spring, but someone told me this might be a valuable frame.
12-03-08, 01:41 AM
I think that is some sort of a mid range model, but not sure of value. Do the tubing decals on the frame and fork say what type of steel? And what brand/model was the original component group?
On the front fork, there is a sticker that says, "Bianchi High Tension B Special".
On the frame, just below the seat, is another stick, partially worn, but I think it says " Bianchi Chrome Moly B Special Tubing".
I'll have to dig around in my garage and find the original component group.
The reason I'm curious about this bike, I was thinking I'd like to buy a better road bike next summer. But maybe this is a better frame than I think? I only paid $75 for the bike when I bought it.
12-03-08, 01:53 PM
The Chrome Moly frame tubing is good, and the hi-ten fork is not so fancy. Frame tubing not so sought after with the house brand Bianchi sticker. If the tubing was of a fancier type it would have Columbus, Tange or other brand name stickers. I'm guessing a Strada model when new would top out with Shimano 600 components, but different Strada models would wear other groups for different pricing points. Not sure where your LX model stands in the lineup. So, probably on the lower half of the totem pole and worth up to $200-300 depending on condition, components and your location. Bianchi is a brand that people recognize so not hard to sell in when in good shape. If it was a celeste green color which many Bianchis are they can go for a little more. Likely a late 80's or early 90's offering, and from that era it may have been built in Japan.
Date codes on any original components can help you date it using this page. (http://www.vintage-trek.com/component_dates.htm)
Blank...thank you for the info. Obviously, I'm not much of a historian when it comes to bikes.
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