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    Japanese Bianchi Frameset

    Anyone familiar with the vintage/ model of this Bianchi Frame?

    This is a repost on Ebay, seller doesn't list any specifics.

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Bian...2#ht_127wt_900

    A quick search is suggesting early/mid 80's, likely '84ish? Ishiwata 022 tubes?

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    The seller mentions 022 in the listing. Ishiwata is undervalued and makes for a nice ride. If you are that tall you don't have a lot of frames to choose from. I would message the seller with an offer of $125 and he pays shipping.
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    I would agree this is a fairly nicel large frame but realy only worth about $100-125 total. If your the least bit flexiable on brand or price you should be able to find a nicer frame for a cheaper price.

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    I sold one of these complete. Took a long time to find a home. It's a nice rider but- No way is it worth $200 BIN shipped unless you gotta have it and have money to burn. The whole bike with period correct parts is $250 max. IMO.

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    I have the same model, it has been my primary and favorite bike for the last 3 years. I'm not an expert, but on mine the workmanship on the lugs looks really nice. Highly recommended!

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger531 View Post
    The seller mentions 022 in the listing. Ishiwata is undervalued and makes for a nice ride. If you are that tall you don't have a lot of frames to choose from. I would message the seller with an offer of $125 and he pays shipping.
    I would disagree. I ride that size and find a plentiful supply of frames nicer than that for far less. I would value that frame at 50$ tops. Want a very nice frame in that size for about the same dollars? I've thought of offering this guy 125$, but I have a Romic, a Merckx, and a LeJeune awaiting builds. Rremove all temptation for me, please. His shipping is forty bucks less...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poguemahone View Post
    I would disagree. I ride that size and find a plentiful supply of frames nicer than that for far less. I would value that frame at 50$ tops. Want a very nice frame in that size for about the same dollars? I've thought of offering this guy 125$, but I have a Romic, a Merckx, and a LeJeune awaiting builds. Rremove all temptation for me, please. His shipping is forty bucks less...

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Palo-Alto-Co...item258930d0f7
    yes, I also saw that frame. Very nice.

    this isn't a frame I need to have, but I've had a knack for a Bianchi road bike for a few years, never seem to see them in 63cm frame sets, though. More keane on the Italian frames any how (although I know it's just snob appeal.. Hearing great things about ishiwata Bianchi's)

    I've got enough projects at the moment to snag that Palo Alto (including a 70's colnago super). But like I said, I like bianchi, and I've got a nice mid 80's Shimano 600 group that would fit perfectly.

    Not dying to buy it, may roll the dice and see if he/she lowers the price.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpicare26 View Post
    this isn't a frame I need to have, but I've had a knack for a Bianchi road bike for a few years, never seem to see them in 63cm frame sets, though. More keane on the Italian frames any how (although I know it's just snob appeal.. Hearing great things about ishiwata Bianchi's)

    I've got enough projects at the moment to snag that Palo Alto (including a 70's colnago super). But like I said, I like bianchi, and I've got a nice mid 80's Shimano 600 group that would fit perfectly.
    Since you've been after a Bianchi for a while now, it's clearly not a "I need a frame to build up" situation. So you might as well hold out for an Italian made one with more pedigree (not that it will probably matter much from a riding stand point.)
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    Well if a classic black and gold Bicianchi in the 63mm size is what you really want. The ishiwata tubing and Japanese construction is on par if not better than an Italian one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpicare26 View Post
    yes, I also saw that frame. Very nice.

    this isn't a frame I need to have, but I've had a knack for a Bianchi road bike for a few years, never seem to see them in 63cm frame sets, though. More keane on the Italian frames any how (although I know it's just snob appeal.. Hearing great things about ishiwata Bianchi's)

    I've got enough projects at the moment to snag that Palo Alto (including a 70's colnago super). But like I said, I like bianchi, and I've got a nice mid 80's Shimano 600 group that would fit perfectly.

    Not dying to buy it, may roll the dice and see if he/she lowers the price.
    The Palo Alto is Italian...

    ...but I think you can find an Ishiwata Bianchi complete for not much more than the seller wants for the frame. I do understand the desire for certain makes. Nothing wrong with that.

    Send the Bianchi seller an offer and go from there. Or start looking for a complete one.
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