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    brazed-in brake pivot? on a nice Bianchi

    http://cgi.ebay.com/1975-Bianchi-Cus...item1c1c05d533

    i was trolling ebay and came across this nice Bianchi. while looking through the pics i found it odd that there were no nuts securing the brake calipers, then i read the description,

    "...Unique frame features and exceptional craftsmanship include sculpted, filled, thinned and finished lugwork and brazed-in brake pivots..."



    the ebay listing has a pic of the back side of the fork crown.


    WTH? how often was this done? never seen this before.

    any benefits to braking performance or purely cosmetic/functional?

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    Small builders sometimes did this. It might have a negligible improvement on braking performance, but it's mostly a framebuilder's method of showing his or her skill and artistic talents.

    After all - what if you want to mount something that doesn't comform to a Campagnolo bolt?

    -Kurt

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    Boy'o! I need more disposable income. That beauty is just my size, too.

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    Colnago did this on a bike for Merckx or two, Masi did it too here and there and a few other builders brazed in a pivot bolt. Now this ebay seller has an interesting reputation to put it politely. I would describe the lugs nice, not stellar. A well executed repaint would not surprise me in the least, no matter what the seller might proclaim.

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    I vaugely recall seeig something like that back in my mechanic days.

    I am not sure on the repaint but the price looks steep. 2250 BIN??
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    Hmm, I thought this is a really good deal. That's not an everyday Bianchi to find in the States. In my opinion it's cooler than my '77 Specialissima which I would not want to sell for that price. If it was a 54-55 c-t I would have grabbed it for the BIN. I'm well aware of the seller's past exploits, but that bike looks absolutely fine to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Otis View Post
    Hmm, I thought this is a really good deal. That's not an everyday Bianchi to find in the States. In my opinion it's cooler than my '77 Specialissima which I would not want to sell for that price. If it was a 54-55 c-t I would have grabbed it for the BIN. I'm well aware of the seller's past exploits, but that bike looks absolutely fine to me.
    Personally I would not be surprised if the brake mod happened well after the frame was built. There are a few reasons for this, think about what brass will stick to and what silver will and how often back then the Italians used silver.

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