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    my new to me '81 bianchi

    It took a while but I finally got it up and running. '81 bianchi track bike, cinelli bars, ambrosio stem, no name seatpost w/ beercan shim (for now), turbo saddle, ofmega headset, campy bb, 165 campy pista cranks w/ a campy 50t ring, campy high flange pista hubs (drilliumed), eai 19t cog, new dt swiss r1.1 clincher rims w/ some michelins I had sitting around. and campy sr pedals.




    1989 Schwinn Paramount OS
    1980 Mclean/Silk Hope Sport Touring
    1983 Bianchi pista
    1976 Fuji Feather track
    1979 raleigh track
    "I've consulted my sources and I'm pretty sure your derailleur does not exist"

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    Very nice and not too far to go to make it perfect.
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    great looking frame + color. i'm not a fan of the blue grips/tape for some reason.

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    Yep. White (even dirty white to match the saddle) would look better.
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    Awesome.

    Contrary to ZiP0082, I think the blue looks cool; it matches the "Bianchi" lettering. The white saddle, on the other hand, is what sticks out to me.

    Just my $.02.

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    well part of the build was with "on hand" parts, I will look into getting some white grips eventually, or some cinelli white cork tape which will dirty up nicely. My thoughts w/ the blue tape were to match the blue bianchi decals and blue turbo lettering.
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    1983 Bianchi pista
    1976 Fuji Feather track
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    I like the bike, cept maybe for that saddle looks like an ogre ate it and crapped it out!
    Maybe a Brooks Swift in honey? or a Brooks Swallow! Yeah!

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    Would a black rolls saddle look better? I also have a varnished looking, way-off-white cinelli saddle...
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    Quote Originally Posted by iamtim View Post
    Awesome.

    Contrary to ZiP0082, I think the blue looks cool; it matches the "Bianchi" lettering. The white saddle, on the other hand, is what sticks out to me.

    Just my $.02.
    actually, great point -- a blue saddle on there would make it a seafoam/ocean theme, could be cool.

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    About the turbo, it's not dirty white leather, it's dirty white felt-like material (I forget the name).
    I actually have a brown swallow on another bike, I may switch it over tonight.
    Frame tube sizing is weird (but it rides good). TT is 54cm, ST is 55cm, but the headtube is 15cm like you would expect to see on a 56-58 cm frame...
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    Quote Originally Posted by norskagent View Post
    About the turbo, it's not dirty white leather, it's dirty white felt-like material (I forget the name).
    I actually have a brown swallow on another bike, I may switch it over tonight.
    Frame tube sizing is weird (but it rides good). TT is 54cm, ST is 55cm, but the headtube is 15cm like you would expect to see on a 56-58 cm frame...
    PLEASE post a pic!
    You see, their morals, their code...it's a bad joke, dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these...These "civilized" people...they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve

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    of what?
    Here's the other bike w/ the brown swallow, an '80 Silk Hope w/ super record and fat 32mm tires for commuting:
    1989 Schwinn Paramount OS
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    1983 Bianchi pista
    1976 Fuji Feather track
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    "I've consulted my sources and I'm pretty sure your derailleur does not exist"

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    Quote Originally Posted by norskagent View Post
    It took a while but I finally got it up and running. '81 bianchi track bike, cinelli bars, ambrosio stem, no name seatpost w/ beercan shim (for now), turbo saddle, ofmega headset, campy bb, 165 campy pista cranks w/ a campy 50t ring, campy high flange pista hubs (drilliumed), eai 19t cog, new dt swiss r1.1 clincher rims w/ some michelins I had sitting around. and campy sr pedals.


    That's a hot bike, but I don't think I would want to roll on drillium hubs.

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    Apparently Schwinn "repurposed" the hubs back-in-the-day, they were originally intended for tandom paramounts. The drillium holes are slightly bigger than the spoke holes, since they were for larger tandom wheel spokes, as the story goes. Hopefully if there is hub failure it will be gradual and not catastrophic.
    Here is a pic of the frame the campy pista parts came off of:
    1989 Schwinn Paramount OS
    1980 Mclean/Silk Hope Sport Touring
    1983 Bianchi pista
    1976 Fuji Feather track
    1979 raleigh track
    "I've consulted my sources and I'm pretty sure your derailleur does not exist"

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    OP, I was gonna say... "nice conversion"... then i looked closer. NICE!

    that bike is too nice for a brooks - get a miche supertype seatpost and a white specialized toupe or SI SLR..

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    well about the seatpost...still trying to determine size. It's not 27.2, I couldn't even get a 27.0 in, so what you see is a 26.8 w/ beercan shim. Going to the shop today to get it sorted out hopefully.
    1989 Schwinn Paramount OS
    1980 Mclean/Silk Hope Sport Touring
    1983 Bianchi pista
    1976 Fuji Feather track
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    Nice build man

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    You're killing me. For the love of all things holy, build up that Paramount.

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    I like the worn Turbo. If you change it for anything, get a new white one. White keirin grips. Gumwall tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyselad View Post
    You're killing me. For the love of all things holy, build up that Paramount.
    He should restore it first.

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    The pain would be finding the decals.
    And convincing the kids it's not a Madison.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kyselad View Post
    You're killing me. For the love of all things holy, build up that Paramount.
    I thought someone might notice the paramount pic. I bought it as advertized, 21" frame (my size). It turned out to be a 23" frame (TT). Plus it had many numorous surface rust issues that I didn't want to sink more $ into, on a frame too big for me ( I guess I could of used a short little stubby stem though).
    So I sold the paramount frame locally. The buyer has already powdercoated it, and obtained new decals.
    He is my size also but doesn't mind riding a large frame.
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    1976 Fuji Feather track
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    I just want to re-iterate that there's something about that bike that's so simple and clean. I think it's the non-flashy colors and the simple Campy parts.

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    and a brooks is totally not the right kind of saddle for that bike. that turbo is perfect.

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    Here's a pic of the cinelli saddle I mentioned, it's holding up another bike of mine.
    1989 Schwinn Paramount OS
    1980 Mclean/Silk Hope Sport Touring
    1983 Bianchi pista
    1976 Fuji Feather track
    1979 raleigh track
    "I've consulted my sources and I'm pretty sure your derailleur does not exist"

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