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Old 02-08-10, 05:49 PM   #1
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Old Bianchi Volpe

Hello...I hope I can get some opinions on whether or not a Bianchi Volpe is worth re-storing. I am guessing I bought it between 1993 and 1996...it is white with Suntour gearing...I was able to research as far back as 1996 but did not find any with the Suntour...I know most of the issues are tires (easy), chain (easy), brakes (easy)...but the gearing...is Suntour still around? It may just need to be cleaned and adjusted...all the cables are trashed, but I don't think that will be too difficult either.

I gave it to my son a few years ago and it has been sitting in his garage...I am starting to ride recreationally again and hoped to use this.

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More info

the Suntour is a XCE Xpert/Accushift Plus...
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Old 02-08-10, 07:48 PM   #3
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What do you mean by "worth restoring"?

Give it a tune up and see if it works. It should be just fine.
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Thanks...just did not know if I needed parts for the derailleur if they were available...I'll start there and see if that is operable...
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The Volpe is a very desirable bike. Yours is not even very old--- if its been stored inside you may not have much work to do. The Suntour components are very durable--I have them on several bikes older that yours and none of these compenets have worn out. If your derailleurs need adjustment, Yellow Jersey bike shop in Madison has the original manual posted on their website. ( http://www.yellowjersey.org/sturtech.html )
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Thanks for the information. It has been stored in a garage...so I will start the clean up and have it ready to ride when the weather warms up. I'm sure I will have more questions and I appreciate you all being so helpful.
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What do you mean by "worth restoring"?

Give it a tune up and see if it works. It should be just fine.
I agree. The Volpe was a decent bike--I nearly bought one when they were new, but got such a good deal on something else that I couldn't pass it up. Unless it's been crashed or badly thrashed, you should be able to get it running with a light tune-up and lubrication. The brakes should be fine, maybe after a pad change (no problem finding those), and if you pull the cables out of the housings, lube them and slip them back in, you'll fix the shifting and improve the brake feel. At some point you'll probably have to repack the hubs, headset and bottom bracket, but that's all standard stuff, easy to learn and not hard to do (or maybe not--the bottom bracket in my old Trek has been untouched for at least 10 years).
impossible to say for sure without seeing it, of course, but if it's just an old bike that was working when you leaned it against the garage wall, you should be able to get it back on the road in a Saturday morning for not much money beyond tires and brake pads. I sort of wish I had it....
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