Some may recall I posted pictures of a Bianchi mountain bike I picked up at a garage sale recently. Well, I knew I wanted a Bianch road bike and I'm tired of trying to find one at a garage sale. So when a lady co-worker with the same leg length as mine asked if I was interested in her Bianchi, I jumped at the opportunity. The price was high at $200. But I've yet to see a late model Bianchi in really nice condition sell for anything less than $350. So I took the plung.
It's a 95 Campione, the low end model. The frame is in excellent condition with very few paint scratches and no dents. The tubing is double butted, seamless Tange (not Reynolds, nuts!). It's a fourteen speed with downtube shifters. It's outfitted with Shimano RX100 groupo, nothing fantastic, but adequate. I've obtained a set of 8-speed, 105 brifters from a BF freind and I plan to replace the downtube shifters with them. I fixed the flat front tire in the pictures below and took it for my first spin around the block today. I saw a manhole cover and purposely ran it over just to see how the bike would feel. Geez Bianchi makes nice bikes, I could barely feel it going over the manhole cover. I don't know if this is going to replace the Cannondale, but I know I'm going to take this on a few rides as soon as I replace the stem with an adjustable stem so I can lift the bars. I'm sorry the pictures aren't any better, but I have not had time to clean the bike and take some nice ones.
Now if I could just wipe that grin off my face.