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Old 07-15-11, 05:56 PM   #1
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Bianchi experts I need your help!

First off...sorry about my spelling

I recently aquired two Bianchi road bikes off of CL, the 1st for 80 bucks and the second for 30 bucks (SCORE!). I am trying to figure out exactly what I have and finding it rather difficult. I am putting them both at mid 80's, but could be wrong. ANY help would be GREAT!

So the 1st one....

I know it's a Bianchi Brava, it has a tiny little Brava sticker on the top tube near the front
It has...
Formula 2 columbus tubing
Suntour Sprint, the front is stamped BH and the rear is stamped BA
Modolo America brakes, front and back
Bianchi stamped cranks, I don't see any other markings on them except on the screws which are stamped ofmega.
The headset is also ofmega
Ambrosio 19 elite rims
Regina Extra 8x on the on the smallest cog in back
nothing on the hubs

The handlebars and brakes levers are not original, someone had put flat handlebars on it at some point, so I changed those out.

Made in Italy sticker

The serial number is 690715 on one side of the BB and "hi" stamped the other direction on the other side of the BB.





The second....

No model name anywhere on it. It has...

Suntour SVX, front is stamped BL and the rear has CA in a circle.
Sugino VP cranks with VP in a raised circle, 613 in a smaller circle with 3 dots, Made in Japan 6 and 170 all stamped on the back.
Araya 27" rims
Suzue hubs with 6 A LPF stamped on the front one and 5 C LPF stamped on the back one.
Suntour Perfect rear cogs with either BK or BR stamped on them (hard to tell which)
Champion with a wreath is all that is on the handlebars
SR stem with Suntour stem shifters
Shimano brakes BR Z57 made in Japan 43-57 LB on the back brake and I cant read what's on the front (it looks the same as the back), except for the stamp IB.

Has a Cr-Mo 3 main tubes sticker near the top of the seat tube and Made in Taiwan sticker near the bottom of the seat tube.

Serial number is 60237268




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Old 07-15-11, 06:10 PM   #2
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Not sure why these two pictures got messed up, but her is the full view of each of the bikes.
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Old 07-15-11, 06:28 PM   #3
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well the Brava is a '86 and for $80 was a good deal despite someone putting those cheap bars,stem and levers on it.

the cranks are indeed Ofmega ( be very careful if you take them off I stripped mine).




the blue one..... near as I can figure it is a '87 Strada frame, but the only component that matches anything in the catalog is the VP cranks.

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Old 07-16-11, 09:00 AM   #4
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Thank you! I was right one the Brava, I thought 86 too, I was close on the other, I was thinking 86 Strada frame with non original parts. I'm getting good at this, lol! By chance can you tell me what the 87 strada had on it or point me in the direction of a good place to find out?

I'm not sure what to do with the Strada since it's too big for me and my husband (who is keeping the Brava).
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I'll try and check but I am heading out. I think the '97 was shimano Light Action and DT shifters.

I would clean and tune the strada and sell it. it is the height of your 3 month summer there and if you can get $50 you can break even plus the cost of any parts.
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If you plan to re-sell one or the other, or both, I'd probably just clean them up an re-list them.
Around here, even the entry-level Strada would fetch the $110 total investment you have.

That red color on the Brava is nicer looking in reality than the photos. Bianchi sure did that right.
If you're looking for a bike to ride, I'd put the best components you have on that, if it fits, and ride it.

Put the remainders on the Strada and sell it, is my pick, from here anyway. Welcome to the forum.
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There is nothing wrong with a Columbus tre tubi frame.
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The Strada is going on CL along with the 82 Motobecane Randonnee that I got with it (package deal $60 for both). I know they will bring in good $, especially right now, road bikes are in high demand, since people are gearing up for RAGBRAI.

My husband has claimed the Brava as his, its just about the perfect size for him.
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The Strada is going on CL along with the 82 Motobecane Randonnee that I got with it (package deal $60 for both). I know they will bring in good $, especially right now, road bikes are in high demand, since people are gearing up for RAGBRAI.

My husband has claimed the Brava as his, its just about the perfect size for him.
RAGBRAI...... I have wanted to do that for years! the years I am in shape and actually have the money to go, I can't get time off.
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