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    WTFNOOB's broke Bianchi build

    First and foremost, hello. I just recently signed up to the forum and finding it an excellent resource. This will be my official build thread for my first fixed gear bicycle. I am still learning about bikes, so bear with me. If you have advice or anything that can help me with this build, by all means, post in here. I'm not an expert and I will probably do things wrong, after all, this is the first time I took up a project like this.

    Got this 49mm Bianchi frame for 40 bucks (not the best deal). I later realized that it might be a little too small for me. It's a heavy frame for it's size (7.7lbs with fork and headset). I tried finding more information about the frame, however came up with very little with the help of the guys in C&V forum:
    Id this Bianchi
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    It appears to be a circa 1984 Canadian market Bici I. What is the seat post diameter?
    I still need to borrow the appropriate tool to measure the seat post diameter. =(







    Began stripping the frame of all the unnecessary components and of it's paint. No bead blasting or acid dip.
    The end result:














    Should be painted shortly. Stay tuned.
    Last edited by wtfnoob; 10-05-08 at 09:27 PM.

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    The only good thing about that bike (other than being a Bianchi) was the beautiful color... and you went and stripped it. Why? So it can match your Veeeeeeeeee's?

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    Im doing a similar conversion with a Motobecane right now. Trying to figure out how to save the badge, probably just mask it off. Must admit thats a nice lookin bike.

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    That was a nice frame I hope you do such a classy frame justice, and dont do a jackassed build/paintjob on it.

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    Wow, thats sad.

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    lol noone ever wins on bf.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoneMoreBlack View Post
    The only good thing about that bike (other than being a Bianchi) was the beautiful color... and you went and stripped it. Why? So it can match your Veeeeeeeeee's?
    I guess I should emphasize on how low budget this build really is. I'm aiming the bike, once completed, to have cost less than a set of the Deep V wheels. I would of kept the paint as is, however I wanted to get rid of the wirestops because I refuse to wear a top tube pad.

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    no rear brake for you then?

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    Could someone explain why that paint job was stripped? Wtf? Someone please punch the OP in the face. Crime against humanity good god.
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    eh it was a pretty ho hum frame in the first place...

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    Eh. To be honest, if I was the OP, I would've stripped it too. I can't say I like the color much.

    What are your plans for the build?

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    the username is so fitting...
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    I'm glad you stripped it. That cornflower blue sucks.

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    i love how people don't read posts on forums.

    and yeah, i don't like the blue either.

    in fact, i don't like any of bianchi's colors instead of white...

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    Quote Originally Posted by onetwentyeight View Post
    eh it was a pretty ho hum frame in the first place...
    Exactly, I'm not sure why others can't see this.
    That Bianchi is a low end model. It had rust building around the dings. However, to entertain the bored losers crying about this POS frame, the decals were in amazing condition, I had a sweet ass time peeling them off.




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    Quote Originally Posted by onetwentyeight View Post
    no rear brake for you then?
    Fixed gear, don't really need a rear brake. The front should be enough for what the bike will be used for.

    Quote Originally Posted by bitterspeak View Post
    Eh. To be honest, if I was the OP, I would've stripped it too. I can't say I like the color much.

    What are your plans for the build?
    I have a few parts laying around for it, I won't tell you which ones just yet - as I may not even use them on this bike. I still need to find some wheels, which will probably take a good chunk out of my budget. The paint will be plain 'universal' white. I had other colors laying around, I was planing on using the OEM green Acura paint: http://www.emenki.com/cbw/CustomGreenTaillights1.jpg . However, that would mean I would need borrow an air compressor (I have the gun) from someone as it's not in a rattle can.

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    I wouldn't have stripped it, but thats because I'm lazy and sanding bike frames sucks not because this is some wonderful historical piece. I thought the blue looked nice though.

    How small is a little too small?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pirate View Post
    I wouldn't have stripped it, but thats because I'm lazy and sanding bike frames sucks not because this is some wonderful historical piece. I thought the blue looked nice though.

    How small is a little too small?
    I would probably fit better on a 52cm.

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    I'm looking forward to following this build, we need more threads like this.

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    Wrong sized frame so you are wasting your time anyways but you could have sold it for a few bucks more than you paid since it is a Bianchi but you ruined it instead.

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    Are you good with an airbrush? Since you went through all the trouble of stripping the original paint, I hope you do something more than just repaint with a single flat color. Get creative, use two or three colors and set up patterns and contrasts that direct attention to the prettier parts of the frame, like the headtube and seatube lugs. Personally I like white-to-anything fades, you really can't go wrong with white.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kmart View Post
    Are you good with an airbrush? Since you went through all the trouble of stripping the original paint, I hope you do something more than just repaint with a single flat color. Get creative, use two or three colors and set up patterns and contrasts that direct attention to the prettier parts of the frame, like the headtube and seatube lugs. Personally I like white-to-anything fades, you really can't go wrong with white.
    That was something I wanted to do. However, I can't come up with any interesting ideas that would be easy to pull of (other than the simple outlining of lugs). I don't know anyone with an airbrush, or anyone who has experience with one. It's probably not to difficult to learn, so I may consider it. The other option, is having an artist friend pinstripe something along the frame. He also offered to paint the Bianchi badge back on, which sounds like a good idea to me.

    I guess something along these lines would be pretty nice, yet subtle:


    http://www.waterfordbikes.com/images/rs/rs2000.jpg
    http://www.waterfordbikes.com/images/style_styps1.jpg
    http://www.waterfordbikes.com/images/style_styps3.jpg

    If you have any other ideas please post them up, I would love to hear them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jet sanchEz View Post
    Wrong sized frame so you are wasting your time anyways but you could have sold it for a few bucks more than you paid since it is a Bianchi but you ruined it instead.

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    You should just get a Waterford frame

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    The frame actually weighs almost 8lbs? Damn..

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