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    bottle bosses on vintage Bianchi Pista?

    Does anyone know anything about bottle bosses being present on mid-80s Bianchi Pistas?

    I have an '85 Pista that has bosses on the downtube, and a gentleman recently inquired about them. I never thought anything of them other than the fact that I was happy they were there. Could they have possibly been added by a third party? The bike doesn't appear to have been repainted ever, and it's definitely not a fake due to the markings on the BB shell.


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    A "pista" did not originally come with bottle mounts. Your picture does not show enough other details to elaborate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtwilson View Post
    Does anyone know anything about bottle bosses being present on mid-80s Bianchi Pistas?

    I have an '85 Pista that has bosses on the downtube, and a gentleman recently inquired about them. I never thought anything of them other than the fact that I was happy they were there. Could they have possibly been added by a third party? The bike doesn't appear to have been repainted ever, and it's definitely not a fake due to the markings on the BB shell.

    No, a Bianchi Pista of any year does not have water bottle bosses. Perhaps we could see the rest of the bike..or is this just a con?
    Chiunque tenti di scappare a queste regole dovrÓ mangiare un piatto largo di polenta vecchia di tre settimane e sarÓ schernito per questo, soprattutto se Ŕ straniero

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    Quote Originally Posted by onespeedbiker View Post
    No, a Bianchi Pista of any year does not have water bottle bosses. Perhaps we could see the rest of the bike..or is this just a con?
    Here's a flickr album of the bike. No pic of the BB shell at this time, but the markings look like my other 80s Bianchi. Overall, to me, the bike seems 'legit' - but I am not an expert. I'm trying to sell this bike locally, but I do not want to misrepresent it. Thanks for your help.

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    Rivnuts.

    Any bike shop can install them to a vintage frame without water bottle bosses. It will let you install a bottle cage on your C&V bike.

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    Okay I looked at the other pics and there is no doubt your bike is a Bianchi Pista from the 80's. Looking at the water bottle fittings, they do not appear to be brazed bosses (as would be with a OEM Bianchi water bottle boss), but some after market inserts; this can easily been done with minimal to no damage to the paint. Outdoor Gadgets: DIY Water Bottle Cage Mounting

    edit: As NormanF posted probably Rivnuts

    I've done some centuries on a fixed gear that came with no water bottle fittings so I used the strap on variety. If you want to do some serious riding on your Pista, you'll be set with a water bottle cage! If you want them to be less conspicuous you can screw in some domed screws and touch them up with some celeste paint.
    Last edited by onespeedbiker; 08-17-14 at 12:32 AM.
    Chiunque tenti di scappare a queste regole dovrÓ mangiare un piatto largo di polenta vecchia di tre settimane e sarÓ schernito per questo, soprattutto se Ŕ straniero

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    Looks like there is some rust bubbling the paint at the edges of the drilled holes. Rivnuts can be removed and the corrosion can be treated.
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