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Old 07-02-11, 04:42 AM   #1
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My "newest" bike - WARNING! Bianchi content

I've been looking for an older celeste Bianchi road bike since last summer, when I missed out on both a pristine '84 Nuovo and a 2001 Campione d"Italia. Nothing affordable has surfaced locally, so most of my searching has been on *Bay. A couple of weeks ago I won the auction for a 1988 Giro frameset.

So far I've fitted it with a mid-80s 105 group (with the original cable housings!) and Weinmann wheelset. The seatpost will be replaced as soon as a better one is found! (ISO 27.2 alloy seat post in polished alu finish). I'm thinking the BioPace rings will have to go if I don't replace the crankset outright.

Here is the build so far:



The FD is not installed and the bars have not been wrapped. I have some white cork tape, but am considering blue to add a nice accent color. The jury is still out on cable housing color, but I'm leaning towards white, perhaps black. I bought some in blue, but the contrast is a little much for my tastes.

I plan to take her on several long rides to ensure the frame (58cm) is not too big for me. I've been able to match the fit to that of my Secteur (hence the low saddle height), and short rides have been quite comfy.

The frame is still in need of cleaning, touch-up painting and removal of mostly-destroyed decals on the chain stays.

She certainly shows signs of wear, but rides great, tracks true and is quite nimble - I played with steering solely by knee displacement last night. Magical.

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Old 07-02-11, 05:08 AM   #2
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so this is the mysterious Giro. it looks nice so far and I agree that both a more traditional silver seatpost will look better, and blue tape is the way to go. I think blue makes the decals pop a bit. Celeste is nice but sometimes it looks over the top, and Celeste and white (especially cork type) tape show dirt too quick on a bike that is frequently ridden.
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Old 07-02-11, 05:22 AM   #3
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Yes, BG. This is the mystery frame. I'll post some pics of the rough spots later. Any advice on touch-up painting would be greatly appreciated.
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I'll send you a note on the touch-up. That frame almost looks darker than the celest Trofeo I had...

Nice bike. Is that your size?
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Very nice bike and a wonderful project. I agree with bianchigirll, sometimes the celeste can be overdone. I put some black bar wrap on Bianchi once and loved the look.
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Thanks for the comments. Right now she's a "12-footer" (i.e. looks great until you get close enough to see the rough spots.) The drive side is definitely the most photogenic.

My wife has offered to help blend some touch-up paint using nail polish enamel. She's got a great eye for colors. Revlon has a new color (Jaded) that is close to celeste, just a couple of shades lighter. That will be the base. (BTW Robbie, I could not find ANY mint nail polish at our local WalMart - it must be very popular with the local teens!)

I'll post some close-ups of the paint defects later today. Have to go buy a new grill right now.

Edited for additional photo content.

Here's the worst spots:





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Update

Finally got all the components installed. Wrapping the bars was the last task, completed last night. Could not find a matching blue bottle cage, but I'll keep trying.





Took her on a 25-mile ride this morning.
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