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Old 06-19-16, 03:34 PM   #1
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Bianchi Classica?

I put in a bid on this since it's local pickup only and fairly close, also I want to try a slightly smaller frame again. I'm guessing it's a mid-80's bike, where did these fall in the Bianchi lineup? It has forged dropouts with integral derailleur hanger and the fork is Tange so I assume the frame is as well and that it's not a gas pipe bottom feeder. Really bad paint but no dents or rust and the seller guarantees the seat post is not stuck.




The '89 Volpe I picked up last year is almost done, just waiting on bar tape then I'll be posting it in the "Before and After" and "Show us your Bianchi" threads. I think it turned out pretty nice, good thing it's way too small for me or I'd be keeping it.
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Old 06-20-16, 02:52 PM   #2
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Well, good, bad or ugly it's mine. Won't be able to pick it up for a couple weeks. Only info I've found for older Classicas was an old post here where someone mentioned restoring one and got a response questioning a restoration on one but they didn't elaborate further. For $15.95 and a few gallons of gas to go pick it up I think did OK regardless of it's place on the Bianchi pecking order. Now out to the shop to finish up the Volpe.
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Well, good, bad or ugly it's mine. Won't be able to pick it up for a couple weeks. Only info I've found for older Classicas was an old post here where someone mentioned restoring one and got a response questioning a restoration on one but they didn't elaborate further. For $15.95 and a few gallons of gas to go pick it up I think did OK regardless of it's place on the Bianchi pecking order. Now out to the shop to finish up the Volpe.
i think you did fine. How are you going to dress it out ?
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Based on the fork's date code, the subject frame should be a 1985 model, manufactured in Japan. These utilized unspecified (but probably Tange #5 ) plain gauge CrMo main tubes mated with hi-tensile forks and stays. It would originally have been outfitted with Shimano Light Action rear and Z-series front derailleurs, an ST SAC aluminum crankset, Dia-Compe 500N sidepull brakes and Suzue hubs laced to 27" Araya aluminum rims. It was 3rd from the bottom of the line but utilized the same frame as the 2nd from the bottom of the line model. Spec weight was 26 lbs.

So, it should probably be built up with 27" wheels. To go 700C you may require long reach brake calipers. It will probably require a 26.8mm seat post. The headset and bottom bracket will be English/ISO standard. Rear dropout spacing should be 120mm, as it was originally spec'd as 6 speed.

Edit: The frame colour is Vivid Blue.

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For $15.95 and a few gallons of gas to go pick it up I think did OK regardless of it's place on the Bianchi pecking order.
are you kidding me!?!?!? You bought it for $16!!!!???????!!!!!! Wow, that's almost better than a dump score. Build it up and enjoy!!!!
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i think you did fine. How are you going to dress it out ?
Right now I'm thinking period correct SunTour VGT deluxe, I have a NOS FD, like new Sakae crankset and NOS DiaCompe brakes with levers. Just need to find a super clean RD. It will be awhile though, have some others that have been on hold far too long.
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Based on the fork's date code, the subject frame should be a 1985 model, manufactured in Japan................ It was 3rd from the bottom of the line but utilized the same frame as the 2nd from the bottom of the line model.
Thanks for the info, I can live with 3rd from the bottom for this one, it's an experiment anyway. If it doesn't work it won't kill me to let it go to a new home.
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