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Old 06-12-13, 02:40 AM   #1
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Bianchi Steel frame road bike appraisal

Hello I am a 6'3'' tall male and looking to purchase my first road bike. I want to buy something that looks good and I don't want to skimp on quality. 500 is the max I'm willing to pay. I saw this used bianchi road bike with 63cm steel frame posted online and It seems like a good value for a quality name steel bike. He is asking for 475$ OBO. I will be riding it daily on a college campus about 5 miles per day. I am not sure what model or year the bike is, and I don't have much knowledge on bike components so looking for an experienced person's opinion before I purchase.

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63cm Bianchi Road Bike

Steel Columbus Aelle frame
Carbon fiber fork.
Shimano 105 Crankset and derailleurs
Shimano Ultegra Brakes
Velocity Spartacus Wheelset
Shimano 105 Flightdeck Levers/shifters
San Marco U.S. Postal Service Saddle

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You won't be able to concentrate on studies, because such a nice bike left unattended in a rack wil get stolen on a colllege campus.

I'd ask about the original fork, to make sure frame wasn't a crash victim.
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You won't be able to concentrate on studies, because such a nice bike left unattended in a rack wil get stolen on a colllege campus.

I'd ask about the original fork, to make sure frame wasn't a crash victim.
That's what I'm worried about... hopefully a U-lock and rope lock will be enough. The bike seems like it has quality components just wondering if anyone recognizes the model or year at all? It is in excellent shape and barely used, frame looks pristine and owner said it was barely used.
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Have you seen this in person? Aside from the sellers word does he have any proof this is a Bianchi? The paint scheme looks odd to me for starts, even allowing for the natural black fork, the celeste HT and blue frame don't seem OEM. The decal style with a few exceptions were last used in '87. A frame that old should have a Bianchi or B cartouche on it somewhere perhaps even just Bianchi branded dropouts. I don't recall any Alle frames in the early '90s but there could have been one or two.

Also most bike companies would down spec the brakes not up spec them, something like a 105 drive and shifters but a RX100 or Tektro brake. I think this is a put together bike.

For a 5 mile campus (your riding 5mi over the course of the day not in one shot right?) commuter I would look for a older mountain bike or even a hybrid if you want to ride up to say 15mi trips on the weekends.
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It takes about 90 seconds to cut a u-lock with an abrasive wheel in a drill.
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Not every campus is a theft magnet but some clearly are. I used my racing bike to commute to college but then the frame paint was all beat up on it. If you don't want to race, I'd pass on this bike. There are better choices for a road bike/commuter. I'd get something that can take a fatter tire and doesn't look quite so stealable.
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Get a bike that you don't care if it gets stolen. I was told that 90% of the bikes stolen in the Twin Cities occur on or near the U of M campus.
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Not every campus is a theft magnet but some clearly are. I used my racing bike to commute to college but then the frame paint was all beat up on it. If you don't want to race, I'd pass on this bike. There are better choices for a road bike/commuter. I'd get something that can take a fatter tire and doesn't look quite so stealable.
My first college bike only lasted to the first weekend. I reported it stolen, the security folks basically laughed at me. It was an annual event, the first weekend, the thieves hit the school hard before students figured out how to secure their bikes. From then on, the bike was in my dorm room, despite rules against it.

And the bike? It was a Schwinn Continental, not exactly a Celeste Bianchi....

That was at University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. Thousands of bikes on campus.

On a recent visit of the campus, I saw a lot of beat up old mtbs. Out of 500 bikes or so I saw, ten or less were drop bars, and none were anything special. A Bianchi would stand out big time.
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Not a good picture but it appears to be a frankenbike built up from an older frame. The 105 crankset and brifters are early 2000s. The frame appears to be lugged and that Aelle decal would put it circa 1988-1994. However, as BG noted those decals do not appear to be typical of the era, at least for a domestic model.
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That's what I'm worried about... hopefully a U-lock and rope lock will be enough. The bike seems like it has quality components just wondering if anyone recognizes the model or year at all? It is in excellent shape and barely used, frame looks pristine and owner said it was barely used.
You should get a REALLY good U-lock, locking skewers (maybe seatpost bolt, too), a cable, and maybe a piece of old chain to secure the saddle. Really. You can leave the good lock and cable at the rack, probably, and not have to carry it around. You can get a smaller one to carry, and lock up with both of them, which would eliminate the need for the cable.
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My first college bike only lasted to the first weekend. I reported it stolen, the security folks basically laughed at me. It was an annual event, the first weekend, the thieves hit the school hard before students figured out how to secure their bikes. From then on, the bike was in my dorm room, despite rules against it.

And the bike? It was a Schwinn Continental, not exactly a Celeste Bianchi....

That was at University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana. Thousands of bikes on campus.

On a recent visit of the campus, I saw a lot of beat up old mtbs. Out of 500 bikes or so I saw, ten or less were drop bars, and none were anything special. A Bianchi would stand out big time.
Funny, I would be taking this bike to the University of Illinois in Champaign

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Have you seen this in person? Aside from the sellers word does he have any proof this is a Bianchi? The paint scheme looks odd to me for starts, even allowing for the natural black fork, the celeste HT and blue frame don't seem OEM. The decal style with a few exceptions were last used in '87. A frame that old should have a Bianchi or B cartouche on it somewhere perhaps even just Bianchi branded dropouts. I don't recall any Alle frames in the early '90s but there could have been one or two.

Also most bike companies would down spec the brakes not up spec them, something like a 105 drive and shifters but a RX100 or Tektro brake. I think this is a put together bike.

For a 5 mile campus (your riding 5mi over the course of the day not in one shot right?) commuter I would look for a older mountain bike or even a hybrid if you want to ride up to say 15mi trips on the weekends.
I have not seen the bike in person and won't be able to for a few days because it is quite a drive away. If this is actually a put together bike I would rather not purchase it even though it looks great.

I have found a Bianchi Eros road bike that I like which I want to purchase instead, any input on this one Bianchigirl? It is 22.5 inches and 9 speeds. Includes the aerobars and cateye computer. Would this Eros be a steel or aluminum frame? It has a few minor scratches and no major wear. rHe is asking for 400. Seller doesn't have much else info on it

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This is getting interesting. About a year and a half ago I picked up a '98 Bianchi Eros ($100) for my daughter for her college bike. I had it powder coated because the paint was not great. Once it was done it was a beautiful looking bike. She decided she didn't want to use it on campus because she was afraid it would get stolen. The bike you are looking at appears to be about the same vintage and color that her's was prior to the powder coating.
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This is getting interesting. About a year and a half ago I picked up a '98 Bianchi Eros ($100) for my daughter for her college bike. I had it powder coated because the paint was not great. Once it was done it was a beautiful looking bike. She decided she didn't want to use it on campus because she was afraid it would get stolen. The bike you are looking at appears to be about the same vintage and color that her's was prior to the powder coating.
If the maroon bianchi above is the '98 model you found for your daughter, it seems like 400 would be a lot. I really want the steel frame though, and I believe these Eros' are steel
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Heck, even "Costco and Target grade" bikes are being stolen on the streets these days.....Even from inside office buildings in SF, as my co-worker unfortunately found out this year, twice....
I would not park ANY sort of Bianchi in a collage campus for any amount of time, unless maybe I could spread dog turds on it's frame tubes.......and that will most likely not be enough in most campuses...
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Funny, I would be taking this bike to the University of Illinois in Champaign


I am sure that the U of I bike thieves will really appreciate your nice bike. Campus is pretty much flat, suitable for a cheapie single speed (any of the internet brands, or even the Walmart cheapie). Although you won't really need the gearing, I like rigid frame mtbs for their ruggedness, low cost, and the ability to add fenders, racks or whatever.

Bike paths all over campus, used to be very heavily used, so you won't get up a lot of speed, until you get off campus. Great school too!!

Myself, if you were a friend, I would pull out one of my basic vintage frames and set it up as a single speed.I've got a cosmetically challenged Centurion Super Elite that would be perfect for this service. I've got a nephew at U of I right now, but he is into cars (which are a PITA on campus IMHO as parking is at a premium).

I lived off campus for a while in a house. One of the other tenants had an old rusted out Chevy II wagon (yes, it was even old then). No heat, missing several windows, etc. And we had to push start the car, at least a block, to get it running. Even that POS was stolen one night. Unfreakin' believable!

+1 Yes, even POS get stolen, but the good news I would rather have a $100 bike stolen than a $400 bike. And I bet the average life span of a $400 bike on that campus is much shorter.

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