The bug has officially bitten me ... I'm supposed to be studying but instead I'm constantly looking at bikes! Sooo, now I have too many bikes (9) and not enough room (tiny apartment)! Out of the 9 only 4 are really in working condition and I ride them all the time, but the other fellows need work. In any matter I am rambling ... I just got a Corso Girio D'Italia - it is pretty beat up, but I'm working my way up to getting a nice Italian made bike (this one was $20). I actually don't really know what to do with it, or how to even go about doing anything, because there is not alot of information on it (except for the 2 threads on bikeforums - and these threads said that it might be difficult to find parts for it). So do I turn it into a singlespeed? Is it even doable with this bike? Also, I might sound like an idiot now - but I was hoping that I would be able to at least use the wheels on the old Bianchi I found, but I am not able to get the wheels on the bike ... is it me or is the Corso different? (I'm really still learning ... and I don't really have anyone to ask about this except you guys). I am also posting pictures of the bike.
from those tiny pics, this Corso looks to be a low-level bike-boom Italian, nothing out-of-the-ordinary except an Italian BB, a cottered crank, and plenty of heavy (and probably rusted) steel. If the Bianchi is a road bike and from about the same era (5 speed rear cluster) the wheels should swap. My guess is this one needs a full strip, clean, and repack...upon which you'll discover what parts are missing (brake calipers?) or don't work anymore (pedals?). if you like working on mechanical things, this would be a perfect starter, whether you SS, fixify or keep it a 10-speed. You need to hook up with a bike kitchen type place or a crusty old bikie with all the tools and the time and patience to teach you how...it's a hands-on sort of thing. But good old Sheldon Brown and the Park Tool website can teach you a lot, too, via the internets.