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    Bike question

    Hi all,

    I'm new to bikes so I would like your opinion on a bike Iím being offered. The bike Iím being offer is a Bianchi Alante for eighty dollars. Iíve tried to do a web search and found very little information. Attached is the only picture of the bike that I have. Thank you for your help.

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    Scott

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    Where are the rear brakes mounted?

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    Yikes, I didn't notice the brakes - good eye

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    It's using a rear U-Brake mounted under the chainstay. Manufacturers used these on MTB's for a couple years in the early 90's, but virtually nobody liked it...

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    I think for $80 if it works & is in good shape, it's a deal. Enjoy.

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    Is it in good riding order?
    - Wheels true
    - Wheel bearings smooth
    - brakes work
    - Shifters work
    - Bottom Bracket (the axel the pedals ride on) smooth
    - Headset (Bearing between the front wheel and handlebars) smooth

    A quick tune up at a bike store will cost you $35 plus parts.
    A comprehensive overhaul is over $100

    If the bike is ready to ride, perhaps with only minor adjustments, it is a good deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertaBeef View Post
    It's using a rear U-Brake mounted under the chainstay. Manufacturers used these on MTB's for a couple years in the early 90's, but virtually nobody liked it...
    Very neat...I wondered that as it almost looked custom. I can see it being a dirty location for brakes.

    I agree...if its a bike in ok ride-able condition, under 100 is good.

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    Sounds like a nice deal if its in good shape, though it's hard to judge condition from that small blurry pic.

    That frame looks to be about my size. I am 5"7" with short legs. My 12 year old granddaughter rode my similarly sized Trek 900 yesterday, so it ought to fit a couple of inches shorter to a little taller.
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    Yo Spiff,

    Sounds like we are built about the same as I'm 5'7" and shorter legs. The frame size is 18". Here is a better picture of the bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlbertaBeef View Post
    It's using a rear U-Brake mounted under the chainstay. Manufacturers used these on MTB's for a couple years in the early 90's, but virtually nobody liked it...
    And Trek has employed something similar on their 2013 Madones, starting with the 5 series and going up to the new 7 series. As someone else said, I can see that being a crap magnet if you get caught out in the rain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RIvmage View Post
    Yo Spiff,

    Sounds like we are built about the same as I'm 5'7" and shorter legs. The frame size is 18". Here is a better picture of the bike.

    5Fe5H95J93Md3L43Hdc6n5e9a40f514451ee7.jpg
    It's just slightly on the large size but since you say you have short legs that means your torso is longer. Seats are easy to adjust.

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    I picked up a Nishiki Backroads plus a bike chain/lock for 30. It needs a new tube and some lube other then that it's good to ride. The frame is 16.5" so a better fit then the Bianchi.
    Here's a picture of the Nishiki that I picked up. The sticker are courtesy of the previous owner.5Ha5M95J33F33Lb3H5c7hf0a108978bec1123.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by jethro56 View Post
    It's just slightly on the large size but since you say you have short legs that means your torso is longer. Seats are easy to adjust.
    It will probably work just fine if he is built like I am. On my road bike I ride a taller frame than the rule of thumb for standover height would dictate. Standing over the bike, the top tube is in my crotch. But a bike with an inch or two clearance has such a short reach to the bars that I feel cramped up like I'm on a little kids bike. Reach to the bars and pedals is more important.

    Just for further illustration, since we are of similar height, here's my own mountain bike and road bike:


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