I've loved cycling since I was a wee tot, but never really gained too much interest in road biking. This past year my mountain bike was stolen (I live in LA), and I've decided to replace it with a road bike. I'd be using it for a mix of exercise and pleasure rides. I live near the San Gabriel mountains, so I'll be doing quite a bit of climbing.
I've found two bikes in my price range (sub $500) that have piqued my interest.
One is a Bianchi Nuovo Racing in Celeste. parts set is somewhat mixed: Campagnolo Nuovo Record Gearing and levers - Modolo America Braking - TTT Bars and Stem - Campy Headset - Mavic Mod M 700s - TTT Leather saddle.
priced at $380, but I would need some lever hoods, a re wrap and probably want a new saddle. I also don't know how much life the tires have left in them.
The other bike is a Miyata Nine 16, which has shimano 600 parts group, fairly new Gatorskin Tires, an almost brand new selle italia saddle. I think most of the other parts are original, but I'm not sure
Priced at $450, but I think I could get them down to ~$400.
I know that Miyata made their own tubing in house, and that the bianchi's rear triangle is a weak point, but what are your opinions on the two?
I feel like the bianchi is winning me over to some extent, simply because it is beautiful and italian.