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1987 Bianchi Limited

Old 07-20-15, 09:45 PM
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1987 Bianchi Limited

Finally thinking of parting with my first road bike, bought new, ridden for 15 years until I got a Bianchi Boron/Centaur in 2002. It was always too large for me, but manageable, and it's been hanging in the garage since then, mostly for sentimental reasons as I haven't ridden it at all. I just ride and like Bianchi, and don't know anything really, plus, clearly, my idle "maybe I'll start building/rebuilding bikes as a hobby" is not actually going to happen, so I should probably just make room for all the kid bikes we've started to accumulate... Poking around it looks like they get anywhere from $250 to $650 depending on factors I'm not clear on. There's one on ebay currently for $500.

I'm also not clear on what actual size it is, now. I always thought it was 61cm (my Boron is 57cm and perfect for me) but I found some old catalog scan online that only lists 59cm and 63cm for sizes, and the C-T seat tube measurement is coming out at 24.5ish in / 62cm, so now I'm confused about that, so any help on how to actually figure that out before posting it somewhere would be useful, thanks. Top bar C-C is 23-1/4in / 59 cm.

Front rim was replaced while I was still riding it (an Araya with a Joytech hub), then tape, brake pads, front hoods, tires and tubes were all replaced in 2002 at a shop service before I hung it up, but everything else is original as far as I remember. Original seat is back on, Shimano 600 SIS group. Seems in good condition for a 30yr old, just a few paint chips, and a couple worn holes in the cable covers, and everything on there works. I'm north of Seattle in WA. Thanks for any guidance.

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Old 07-21-15, 05:00 AM
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Your Bianchi is very large and that will produce a very small market. Big bicycles, such as yours, are hard to sell. The mismatched wheels are a big "red flag" to many people. The only way you will get a good dollar, for the bicycle, in my opinion, is if two or more people want to buy it at the same time. That comment is based on the assumption that you auction it off on Ebay (don't be fooled by Ebay asking prices - search "completed" auctions for actual values defined by buyers).

In this case, because of the large frame set, you might be a lot better off to offer just the lovely Shimano 600 stuff and other components, as a group or separately. Doing so will prove time consuming but the monetary rewards will exceed the value of the bicycle as it is (my opinion).

Good luck with your quest to sell and, who knows, someone on the forums just might be interested.
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Old 07-21-15, 05:26 AM
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Add a nice full picture from the drive side. 61cm looks about right, so adertise for the rider of at least 6'3". Ask $350 and be happy at $300.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
Your Bianchi is very large and that will produce a very small market. Big bicycles, such as yours, are hard to sell. The mismatched wheels are a big "red flag" to many people. The only way you will get a good dollar, for the bicycle, in my opinion, is if two or more people want to buy it at the same time. That comment is based on the assumption that you auction it off on Ebay (don't be fooled by Ebay asking prices - search "completed" auctions for actual values defined by buyers).

In this case, because of the large frame set, you might be a lot better off to offer just the lovely Shimano 600 stuff and other components, as a group or separately. Doing so will prove time consuming but the monetary rewards will exceed the value of the bicycle as it is (my opinion).

Good luck with your quest to sell and, who knows, someone on the forums just might be interested.
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Seems like parting this bike out is the way to go...
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