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Old 01-22-11, 12:38 PM   #1
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1980s Bianchi touring bike ID and age help?

Thanks to a post by Rocket Sauce in the ebay/CL thread, I scored a pretty nice Bianchi (Japanese built) touring bike for my wife. The seller was right around the corner from my house, and it turns out I had met him a couple of years ago at a bike-focused yard sale he was having. Great guy, former mechanic at a reputable area LBS.

Ishiwata double butted tubing throughout, Suntour forged dropouts, and a nearly complete Shimano Arabesque group (the RD was replaced with a modern 8-speed Alivio). Original rack (not sure if Nitto or Blackburn? Is there a way to tell?) Anyway, the Shimano date codes point to 1983. However, I can't find a model name. It is clearly a touring bike, with relaxed angles, long chainstays, original touring rack, and half-step plus granny triple setup. The SKS fenders that came on it are in great shape.

BB spindle is cracked, so it needs that at the very least. Rear hub may be broken, but I won't know until I dismantle it. Other than that, it just needs pedals, saddle, chain, and a good cleanup. The original deep burgandy paint is in surprisingly good shape, and not a bit of rust anywhere.

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Also, what model hubs are these? Does that icon above Shimano indicate the 600 Arabesque group?



I also ended up getting a bunch of other stuff from him. Wonderful guy.

Any ID help on this Bianchi is appreciated! Bianchi girl???
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Old 01-22-11, 12:50 PM   #2
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Nice!

All the Blackburn racks I've ever seen had either "Jim Blackburn" or just "Blackburn" impressed on one of the horizontal bars on the top.

If you don't have a replacement BB spindle, send me the measurements. I stumbled upon a biggish stash of them a while back.

I love that crank / chain ring design!
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nice looking Bianchi. I believe what you have there is a '84 San Remo in Dark Maroon. tha catalog calles it a "multi purpose bike for sport or touring" it looks like you even got the OEM rack. the RD was a 'wide range' 105.

nice looking bike, can't wait to see what you do with it.
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+1. 1984 Bianchi San Remo, original retail $350 US. The serial number will allow us to corroborate this. The icon on the hubs is the Shimano logo. Given the era and lack of an oild clip they are an entry model hub, below 600 (Arabesque) and 105 (Golden Arrow).
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the catalog (got to scan them someday) says they are shim 400
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I have plenty of more period-correct long cage RDs that can be used on this bike in place of the modern Alivio. I may try to complete the group with a long-cage Arabesque. So is what's on this bike considered (600) Golden Arrow or (105) Arabesque? The brakes are BR-Z57, so I assume that corresponds to 105. And what's the difference between Golden Arrow and regular 105?
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...So is what's on this bike considered (600) Golden Arrow or (105) Arabesque? The brakes are BR-Z57, so I assume that corresponds to 105. And what's the difference between Golden Arrow and regular 105?
Shimano 600EX (2nd generation 600) is commonly referred to as Arabesque. First generation 105 was one step below 600EX and was commonly referred to as Golden Arrow. There does not appear to be any 600EX on the bicycle. Currently, the shifters, front derailleurs and brakes are 105/Golden Arrow.
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