This is my first venture into the world of folders. I have been looking for one for quite a while and finally came across one at an antique auto swap meet (of all places) last night.
Before I introduce my folder Iíll give you all an idea about me and my relationship with all things bike. First, I am usually over in the C&V forum and occasionally Iíll stop by the car free, SS&FG forum (for laughs) and the utility cycling section. I love all things bike! And Iíve got just about every nicheí covered as far as types of bikes go. Iím pretty excited to finally get a folderÖÖ.
So, Iíll get to the jist of it. I know my folder isnít the nicest one out there. They have gotten lighter, faster and way more expensive in the 20 or more years since this one came out. I got mine for $40 and Iím happy with it. Itís a Bianchi Nealeco. Iím guessing from the 70ís. I searched the forums and got quite a few hits but they didnít really answer any questions. So here goes!
1: Bottom bracket. Since the bike is made in Italy am I safe to assume it is Italian threading? Iíd like to replace the cranks with some shorter (165mm or less maybe) square taper alloy ones.
2: Pedals. How about these MKS AR-2 EZYís?
I like clips and straps so these fit the bill and seem appropriate. And for those not familiar with them they have a quick release. So cool....
3: Seat post. The one on there sucks and is very ugly. Its 25mm and Iím guessing that itís longer then the 350mm length commonly available. Any suggestions? It must be alloy. I donít really care about clamp style. The seat will be a Brooks B17 BTW.
Thatís all I have for questions for now. My plan with this is to swap cranks, upgrade wheels to alloy 20ís with a single speed coaster brake out back. Get rid of the front & rear caliper brakes, handle bars, seat post and any other crappy stuff that can be upgraded. Then Iíll have it powder coated ďcelesteĒ green when I get my Bianchi touring rig ready for a color change.
Ya, so that pretty much sums it up! I look forward to spending some time in this forum while this project is under way. Here is a pic of my new to me folder!
Thanks in advance!
P.S. The seat post is so high up Ďcause I took it out and didnít want to cram it back in for the pic.