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    Old Bianchi, 1950s? Looking for some info

    My very lucky friend picked this bike up at Goodwill. He offered it to me for $200 the day he bought it but I didn't have the money or room for it at the time so I passed. Did I make a mistake? This bike has always been in the back of my mind.

    http://milwaukee.craigslist.org/bik/3042047327.html
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    Yep, $10 is a scream, and $200 is not far from a good deal either.

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    It looks like one I have. I think the model is "strada" and it's an entry-level bike. The 105 wheels are worth some money. The Valentino parts are not very good. I think you could do way better hitting a few garage sales on a Saturday.,

    If it was original and serviced perhaps $300.
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    Super rare, but not particularly nice. I just bought and sold the same bike (but with slightly different components). It's either gas pipe or mid level tubing at best. Mine had a 26.6 seat post, but no tubing sticker. I'd say that this was the most basic bike that Bianchi offered in celeste, and I'd say that it was from either the very late 60s, or very early 70s.

    I bought mine because it had some 50s Universal Extra brake calipers, and some 60s Bianchi-branded hubs/wheels that I wanted to build up the 50s Bianchi CDM that I'm building. I gave the cranks (very cool) to a friend, and sold the frame set for $175 on the Chicago CL. I had about 5 people that wanted to buy the frame set, and could sell them all day.

    Funny thing is, I can't get a single bite for a full Reynolds 531 Urago frame set that I'm selling for $100, but could sell these gas pipe Bianchis all day long for $175. Nuts. Also, a gas pipe Bianchi (like this) sold for more than $1000 a few months ago on Ebay. People get stupid for Bianchis with celeste paint....
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    Thanks everyone. Maybe I'm not missing out as much as I thought.

    Quote Originally Posted by bibliobob View Post
    I can't get a single bite for a full Reynolds 531 Urago frame set that I'm selling for $100
    What size? If you're willing to ship I may be interested... Edit: nevermind, found it on C/L. Just a bit too long in the top tube for me. Cool frame though. I'm surprised it hasn't sold.
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    Pretty cool bike but no way I'd pay $350 for it. I wouldn't sweat over missing it at $200 either.

    btw how does your lucky friend feel about you outing his purchase price on BF? That's info he probably doesn't want potential buyers to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by due ruote View Post
    btw how does your lucky friend feel about you outing his purchase price on BF? That's info he probably doesn't want potential buyers to have.
    Good point, didn't think of that... I've edited the OP.
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    E-Bay for sure, I know there's at least two guys buying old Bianchis on there.

    I could be wrong but I think that's an early 70s Bianchi.

    I sold this frame recently exactly as pictured on E-Bay for $205.00 plus shipping. Shocked the hell out of me.

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    It's a celeste Bianchi, it's got that very vintage cool, and I imagine it rides well enough for posing and cruising - yeah, I can see why this bike if nice and clean would sell for $200 or even $300, not necessarily to the current crowd though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FORDSVTPARTS View Post
    E-Bay for sure, I know there's at least two guys buying old Bianchis on there.

    I could be wrong but I think that's an early 70s Bianchi.

    I sold this frame recently exactly as pictured on E-Bay for $205.00 plus shipping. Shocked the hell out of me.

    Like yours, mine had its original Bianch downtube and seat tube decals, and that counts for a lot. Those old red decals are gorgeous. I should add that my frame was in pretty stunning condition, with decals 99% intact, and certainly helped me sell it quickly. The OP's referenced frame may be a little slower to move, as it's missing decals, paint is a bit rough, and Milwaukee is a smaller market than Chicago.
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    A BF guy like you could fill an entire garage with decent road bikes for $200, or a bike with Columbus SL and Nuovo Record in nice shape. This one seems to have a hi-ten frame, a mixed bag of low-end parts (Altenburger brake levers?), rough paint, and a cottered steel crank set? Wouldn't fret over it. I still can't believe how much people are asking for Italian bikes, even the low-end stuff.

    Celeste Bianchi Road Bike with Campy Components - $350 (Waukesha WI)


    Date: 2012-05-28, 12:18AM CDT
    Reply to: qhzrh-3042047327@sale.craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?]


    Late 50s early 60s bianchi road bike
    This bike is very rare and classic
    Equipped with highly sought after original campy components

    FEATURES:
    Rear derailleur: Campagnolo Valentino Extra
    Front Derailleur: Campagnolo
    Shifters: Campagnolo Valentino Extra
    Brakes: Universal Extra
    Levers: alloy Altenburger
    Crankset: Nervar Sport
    Cassette: Shimano Hyperglide 6spd
    Rims: MAVIC MA2
    Hubs: Shimano 105
    Tires: Bontrager All Weather Plus
    Pedals: Classic Style
    Headset: 1in threaded
    Tape: Vintage Zebra Pattern
    Color: Celeste (only high end bianchi's received this color)
    Saddle: VINTAGE LEATHER
    Vin number from headtube 1G23669

    Geometry:
    55cm seat tube (cc)
    55cm top tube (cc)

    Condition:
    The frame has several scratches and paint chips (see pictures)
    Good condition for its age
    No dents or bends in the frame
    Full Professional Mechanical rebuild just done
    NEW wheels, tires, headset bearings, cables, housing, cassette, and brake pads
    Shifts and brakes beautifully
    Super Clean

    Price:
    $350 cash or best offer
    you will have a very hard time finding another on like this

    Location:
    Waukesha WI
    35min west of milwaukee

    Contact:
    Feel free to ask questions. My name is Nathan
    call or text 414 331 5954
    or email the link




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    It's got kind of an odd mix of parts on it. Personally at $100 it could be a fun deal, but I'd already be walking the other way by $150.

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    Ha. I just stumbled on this. I sold the bike for $300.

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