Last fall I was casually in the market for a "fast bike" to add to the stable. Lo and behold, a friend mentions that he has an old Bianchi he doesn't ride much . . . and in my size. Shimano 600 with indexed rear shifter, "universal squadra" brakes. Bars, stem, saddle, rear wheel are non-original. Pedals also, it appears. She's got a few dings and the paint is rough in places, but boy, does she fly.
After replacing the ugly yellow sidewalled tires and yellow accented saddle, and modern stem and bars for more period correct ones, all I have left is to replace the toe clips with shallower, metal clips and the toe clip straps with leather. Plus, the brake cables/housing are too short, and I think I'll use grey when I replace them. Would they have been grey originally?
For some reason I've convinced myself that it's a 1986. Concur?