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Old 01-15-13, 07:07 AM   #1
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Bianchi touring frame?

Hi everyone,

I have been thinking about getting a classic touring frame for a while now and this old Bianchi has just come up on ebay (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/251213024...=p5197.c0.m619). The thing is I don't know the first thing about it really, besides that it's made of decent steel. I'm not one to be impressed by a name like Bianchi unless it equates to quality. Just wondering if anyone out there has any knowledge about these old Bianchi touring frames, have they got a good reputation? I would be looking to maybe use it as a commuter/s24o at first with the intention to turn it into a full on tourer some time in the future. Could this be a practical option or just a pretty vintage talking piece?

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Old 01-15-13, 07:19 AM   #2
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Looks good to me; Campy head-set is a def. +, as is the forged drop-outs and I expect those are Campy as are the front forks. Nice lug-work. Looks to be around 60cm (23-24") which would be too big for me, but if it fits you, then you have the basis of a good restoration. Eyeballing it looks like a touring frame rather than racing, so I'm not sure if you intend to restore and use, or flip it. (I'm not sure of what the current AU$/US$ exchg. rate is at the moment), but I'm sure there are others here who are far better qualified than I to give you some great advice! Good luck! HTH -
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maso85, Looks good to me, but I have a question for you to pass along to the seller. Was this a frame with 120 mm dropouts respaced to 130 mm and then respaced from 130 mm back to 120 mm? If the frame were still (and maybe it is) 130 mm I see no probs, but I don't know how many times a frame can be cold set as for modern mechs you'll want 130 mm, or 135 mm, requiring another cold set if it's now 120 mm.

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It looks classic. I would check the chain stay length. I tour with a much newer Bianchi cyclocross bike, about the same frame size and my size 11 (46 metric) shoes just clear my panniers. The stays are 35mm shorter than on a LHT. I personally wouldn't trade my bike for a sluggish traditional touring frame, but it does have to fit you. You might ask if it has been raced in cyclocross. It has a reputation for being pretty hard on frames. Do you know how old it is? If it is really old you might want to check if it is set for a 130mm rear hub.
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