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    1986 "Binachi" Sport SX - Worth what I paid ??

    See the pix:

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4370787/Bin_0707.JPG

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4370787/Bin_0710.JPG

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4370787/Bin_0714.JPG

    http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4370787/Bin_0716.JPG

    In reply to an ad I placed for "a used road bike with skinny tires" in a local trade newsletter I got a call offering me a "Binachi" a few hours ago. It was hanging upside down in a shed, which made reading the name problematic for him. The tires (700 X 20) were flat but they are holding air now !! I was tempted to leave it because it is so small - 20-inch frame.
    My wife was with me & she hopped on it, which settled the matter.
    The bike appears to be in VERY good condition.
    I offered $50.00 and he asked for $75.00
    I picked it up for $65.00 Canadian.

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    IIRC correct, you're from T.O? It's a very good deal regardless, but if you're from Hogtown it's a fantastic deal.

    BTW, it akmost certainly not a 1986, as I see it has the Colorado Springs decal. This celebrates Moreno Argentin's World Championship road race victory on a Bianchi. This event took place September 6 and that's late enough on the year that 1987 production would be commencing soon thereafter. Beside, Exage Sport and the decals place it 1988-1989. It would be appreciated if you would submit the serial number.

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    Thanks for the reply. I suspected as much.

    I'm just outside of T.O., 50k east, in Oshawa.

    The "Binachi" serial number is: JS764265

    It does have the Colorado Springs decal.

    I suspect that the "JS" prefix might indicate a Japanese origin, but I have no idea.

    I'll check the internet to see what Bianchi serial numbers are based on.

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    Yes, Japanese manufacture, specifically October 1987, making it a 1988 model. Original price $475 US.

    I know Oshawa quite well. My wife was originally from the area and her grandparents lived on Ritson. We get back there 1-2 times per year and should be up there around Christmas, if everything goes per plans. If you're interested, send me a PM with your contact info and maybe we can get together, the next time I'm in the area.

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    Definatelt a good deal. Last fall I sold the identical bike in a 64cm frame for $225. It had a complete tune up with new tires, tube and tape though. I almost kept it but it was a bit small for me. The blue color is fantastic.

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    It still has the original Shimano "BioPace" ovoid sprocket system that Sheldon Brown liked & many other riders thought of as a gimmick. Both of my daughters have expressed a violent desire to own it so I may have to give it to my wife or sell it to keep peace in the family. Is the wife's grandfather who lives on Ritson named Alex ??

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    I am not sure what $65C converts to here, but I would have had a hard time leaving that behind for $75US wether it fit or not. that Bianchi looks unused. I've never seen that color must be a Canuck thing. I did a bit of digging and it looks to me to be a '88 judging from the Exage Sport and the style of decal. great buy!

    Bianchis '87 Sport SX, '90 Proto (2), '91 Boarala 'cross, '93 Project 3, '88 Trofeo, '86 Volpe, '89 Axis, '79 Mixte SOLD, '99 Mega Pro XL Ti, '97 Ti Megatube, , '90 something Vento 603,

    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    Senior Member Michael Shaw's Avatar
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    Right now $65 Canadian is worth about $64.50 US. The Beaver Buck is flirting with parity against the Greenback. This is my third Bianchi (flipped the other two older Bianchis a couple of months ago when I got a couple of larger bikes to replace them) and this one is by far in the nicest condition. I cannot imagine anyone buying this thing and then not riding it but that appears to be the case. Maybe it was just too small.

    I, too, have a hard time walking away from a Bianchi that I know I can trade for something that will fit me, but this Sport SX unit is truly tiny. Strangely enough, I have just recently picked up four other tiny bikes, a Fiji Pulsar, Raleigh Lenton & Raleigh Portage, and a Peugeot U08. Good thing I have daughters !!

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