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Old 08-27-14, 09:59 AM   #1
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1987 Bianchi Sport SX - Suntour

Frame is in good shape, some age related scratches, but no rust. Some minor oxidation on some of the chrome bits. shifters/deraileurs are functioning and shifting properly. Brakes fit the same category, functioning properly. Wheels have reached the point where no amount of truing will get them true and round. Looks like I can pick up some alright, but not great new wheels for about ~100.

This bike has been in the family since it was purchased (older brother, then younger brother, it came to my doorstep to be fixed up or sold), so I know it's history. At this point, I am leaning towards selling it, or doing a massive detailed cleanup on it, replace the wheels and then selling it. The problem. Not a stinking clue as to real value.

Looking around online, I see the basic frame going for a about 180-270. I see similar complete bikes going for 300-550, and even complete rust buckets fetching over a 100.

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Old 08-27-14, 12:07 PM   #2
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Old 08-27-14, 12:51 PM   #3
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Are the pics not showing up? They are linked from dropbox and show up here.
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I see the pics. It's a decent bike but you should temper your value expectations, no way it's a $550 bike, and especially not a $270 frame. It's a middle of the lineup or a little lower machine. My feeling is that here in NYC where we have good pricing, after cleaning the bike up I would ask $400 and plan on getting $300+.

(edit, and factor in new bar tape and tires, probably. Personally I would overhaul it.)
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I can't see the pics, though I don't normally have that problem here.

I used to have this bike, back in the day. I bought the frame only. I've been told they only sold as complete bikes, and my frame was spotless, so I conclude the shop that sold it to me (cheap) had stripped the parts.

It was the top of the line made in Japan Bianchi. Bianchigirl still owns one.

Of course pricing is dependant on the market, in Toronto it would fetch $400 easy, tuned up and ready to ride, if the finish and paint are good, new pads, tape etc. $550 would be a real stretch.
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I think this weekend it gets a cleanup/tuneup and some touch up, and some better lit pictures and we see what we can get. May pick up some wheels to swap onto it to make it a safer/better bike for someone. It'll never get ridden as it stands .
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OH of course one of these comes along when I am out of work I would love one of these but I would never pay more than $250ish for one in uber clean condition.

I agree with lostarchitect on the price. I seen people asking way too much for these but what they actually sell for is anyones guess. I think I paid $125 or so for one, sans wheels, in pieces a few years ago. The frame was the new rose (pink) color and pretty beatup and I barely got $75 for it.

If you haven't already those ride pretty nice. If it close to your size you should clean it up and ride before doing much to it.

Is there something wrong with the wheels? I had a pair of shimano 7spd shifting pretty good on mine, atleast in the stand.

These clean up pretty nice.



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Old 08-27-14, 08:07 PM   #8
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I actually have several other bikes (including a Cannonade r800 about the same vintage, but it's Shimano 600, but I don't really ride it. I prefer my newer bikes, and I love the rigidity of aluminum frames. I think it will clean up well, the wheels are just a mess. They weren't taken very good care of, and I just can't get them true without flat spotting the wheels. Looks like I have a line on some replacement wheels for about 100 total, so I'll probably replace those next week, and see what I make of it. Personally, anything over the cost of the wheels is fine with me. For me, it's more about it finding a good home where someone will go out and ride it than the money. I just hate seeing good bikes rust away.
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