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Old 05-22-09, 08:42 PM   #1
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Bianchi Squadra Information please

Hello everyone, I picked up this Godsend today, I thank Jesus.
What do I have here. I read somewhere that this frame is handmade. Can anyone confirm?
Please tell me about this bike
All help and comments are appreciated.
Thanks As Usual,
Uni


Lugged Columbus tubing
Italmanubri Handlebars
Ambrosia Extra Elite 700C Durex double wall wheels Presta Valve
Quick release front and rear hub oiler in front
Bianchi Formula Columbus Tubing front fork (Engraved)
Universal Brake Hoods & composite levers
Bianchi down tube shifters
Ofmega front Derailleur
Bianchi front derailleur cage
Formula Bianchi Tubes Cromo Produzione Columbus
--bi RinFor-- (can't read decal)
Ofmega pedals
Bianchi crank
Bianchi Selle Italia saddle
Gipie___ forged dropouts (remainder of name under QR nut
Shimano 600 rear derailleur
12 speed
Schwinn Cyclometer

Made in Italy

Frame size 52.7 cm (20.75 inches) c-c
Frame length 96.53 cm c-c (38 inches)
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Old 05-22-09, 08:51 PM   #2
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If Jesus had anything to do with it then it would be Celeste.
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If Jesus had anything to do with it then it would be Celeste.
Hello Otis, I'm not trying to change your views, be contrary or to flame.
Thanks for your comment.
What can you tell me about the bike?
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Old 05-22-09, 10:14 PM   #4
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Hello Otis, I'm not trying to change your views, be contrary or to flame.
Thanks for your comment.
What can you tell me about the bike?
Solid mid level Bianchi from the late 80's with decent mid level components. "Handmade" in the sense that it was not built by a robot, but it is not the work of an artisan, just trained factory workers.

Put in proper tune it will ride well and be a good bicycle I'm sure you will enjoy owning.
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Old 05-23-09, 03:28 AM   #5
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Solid mid level Bianchi from the late 80's with decent mid level components. "Handmade" in the sense that it was not built by a robot, but it is not the work of an artisan, just trained factory workers.

Put in proper tune it will ride well and be a good bicycle I'm sure you will enjoy owning.
Thanks Otis.
I'm missing a dust cover for one of the pedals bearings assembly. Do you have any suggestions where I might find one other than EBay, or which cover will fit with this Ofmega Italian pedal?

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Just to fill in the blanks: dropouts are Gipiemme (sp?). The rest of the Columbus tubing sticker says "Tubi rinforzati" (meaning reinforced or butted tubes). Otherwise, what Otis said. Enjoy.
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Just to fill in the blanks: dropouts are Gipiemme (sp?). The rest of the Columbus tubing sticker says "Tubi rinforzati" (meaning reinforced or butted tubes). Otherwise, what Otis said. Enjoy.
Thanks bcoppola, for filling in those blanks!!
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Hello it looks like you have a '86 Squadra in Eletric Rose. according to the catalog the 600 rearderailuer must be a replacement or upgrade. very nice ridding bike though enjoy it.
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Hello it looks like you have a '86 Squadra in Eletric Rose. according to the catalog the 600 rearderailuer must be a replacement or upgrade. very nice ridding bike though enjoy it.
Hi Bianchigirll, which was the original rear derailleur? Do you have a link to the online catalog, or do you have it in PDF format?

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Hello I am not aware of any online catalogbut here is some scans from my catalog. sorry it is not a great scanner. I hope this helps
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Hello I am not aware of any online catalogbut here is some scans from my catalog. sorry it is not a great scanner. I hope this helps
Thanks so very much Bianchigirll.
I took the bike out for a short 2 mile jog this morning and I'm super impressed with the ride comfort, and handling. The ride is so smooth. I measured the chain stays, and it's a whopping 18 inches long. The wheel base is only 38 inches. The chain stay on my 1986 Schwinn Voyageur touring bike is 18 inches, with a wheel base of 42 inches. Wow!

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Hello I am not aware of any online catalogbut here is some scans from my catalog. sorry it is not a great scanner. I hope this helps
Bianchigirll,
The bike has a 4 digit serial number on the left side of the BB and 2 letters on the right side of the BB, do you know how to decode this?
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Hello sorry I have no idea as to what the code is. the wheelbase sounds about right. a roadracing or sport bike has a shorter wheelbase to promote quicker handling.
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Thanks for the scans Bianchigirl!
That's the first time I've seen one online. There isnt a heck of a lot of info on this model online.

I love mine. I purchased it as a frame almost two years ago, fixed it up with what parts I had and road ir for a few thousand miles, then this past winter stripped it down, had it powedercoated celeste, buillt it with a combination of campy super record and modern 10 sp ergo. The bike feels like it was built for me and it's my favorite ride out of all my bikes. here's one pic:

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Look for the 'Reparto Corse' (sp?) decal. Signifies that the bike is from Bianchi's racing division. If it's there, then the bike is handmade, at least according to Bianchi.

I'm really liking that paint.
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Look for the 'Reparto Corse' (sp?) decal. Signifies that the bike is from Bianchi's racing division. If it's there, then the bike is handmade, at least according to Bianchi.

I'm really liking that paint.
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