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    Had to Sell the Bianchi :-( (photos of before and after inside)

    Just recently bought a new car and my parents were nice enough to chip in $2500 for the down payment. But a month after they fell upon some hard times. Pops lost his job and mom just took a $15k a year pay cut to get into a les stressful line of work. So, I figured I would pay them back. I am attempting to sell my older second car and put a few other things up for sale. Among one of the more valuable things I wasn't really using/needing was the 1984 Bianchi Nuovo Racing I just finished restoring.

    Ive always loves Bianchis. My mom's bike I used to follow her on was a mid ninties Bianchi Boardwalk. We were an Italian family. It was all she would ride. She said it just "fit her Italian body". The bike was a labor of love. I saw an ad for it last fall, spent all winter restoring it, taking it apart, cleaning, regreasing and restringing all the cables and housings, relacing the wheels. Probably the first bike I really looked at and said "I brought it back from the dead".

    I threw it up on CL not expecting it to sell seeing as how I was asking $500. Its a bike from 1984...not the highest end bike Bianchi made...but reonably light and fun to ride. No one is that inlove with vintage stuff in NH. There would be no one who wanted to come look at it.

    Turns out I was right, but I had a buyer from Houston TX contact me saying if I didnt mind shipping it, he would take it, and throw in another $50 to cover the shipping. I had to accept. And so it gets boxed up tomorrow and shipped out as soon as the check arrives. Its going to be majorly bittersweet seeing it go, but hopefully I can replace it with another project this fall. If anyone in NE has something they wouldnt mind letting go of cheap, I wouldnt mind helping you clear some space.

    Anyway, on to the photos. Gonna miss it.
    From this, hanging in someone's barn.



    To this.

    Last edited by japollner; 10-06-08 at 08:30 PM.
    You know you are from New Hampshire when you know the 4 seasons are really: Winter, Still Winter, Not Winter and Almost Winter.

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    Nice looking bike. Just make sure that the check clears before you ship it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    Nice looking bike. Just make sure that the check clears before you ship it.
    Definitely. Shame you've got to sell, but you're going to have some grateful parents.
    The search for inner peace continues...

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    wow. fantastic story. You're a good man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by longbeachgary View Post
    just make sure that the check clears before you ship it.
    +1000
    Laterally stiff yet vertically compliant.

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    Dude, that sucks. A story like this can get me ranting. If I did that, however, this entire thread would get dumped down in P&R, so I won't do that.
    Last edited by cuda2k; 10-07-08 at 11:10 AM. Reason: politically charged.
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    Would you still happen to have that suede saddle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by riomx View Post
    Would you still happen to have that suede saddle?

    Nope, kept the Brooks and the suede Selle Italia is going with the bike. Its one of the original components...
    The bike is original save for bar tape, tires, and cables/housings. It would be a shame to pillage the saddle.
    You know you are from New Hampshire when you know the 4 seasons are really: Winter, Still Winter, Not Winter and Almost Winter.

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    You can't type ****** on here? what the ****? Anyway that's a great bike and it sounds like you are a great son. I hope the guy in Houston doesn't get pissed when he discovers the bent fork.......

    edit: d o u c h e

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    The fork doesn't look bent, it is lens distortion/perspective...

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    Yea...no way is the fork bent. The bike was ridden 200 miles back in 84 then hung up. Frame/fork is straight and true. And rides like a dream.
    You know you are from New Hampshire when you know the 4 seasons are really: Winter, Still Winter, Not Winter and Almost Winter.

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