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Old 07-24-15, 01:28 PM
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Which bike!

Hello everyone, I have spent the last few months researching bianchis here and have fallen in love. Right now I have two bikes that I am trying to choose from. One is an 80s piaggio bianchi classica and the other is an 80's bianchi strada lx. The price on the classica is $175 and the strada is $200. Both are a couple hours from my place so I can't really go check them out beforehand. I know that the classica will need a tune up but the strada is said to be ready to ride. I am really torn. Thanks for the help, I need to get a deal done quickly before they are gone here in socal!

Classica
http://santamaria.craigslist.org/bop/5108579160.html

Strada lx
http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/bik/5067138201.html

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Old 07-24-15, 02:01 PM
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I would go for the Strada ... seems to be in much better condition ...
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Old 07-24-15, 02:21 PM
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I think that I am going to go for the classica. I got some more pictures and it looks perfect good other than a couple of little rust chips. Do you think that I could make some money back if I decide to flip?I tried to upload photos but it wasn't working.

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I think that I am going to go for the classica. I got some more pictures and it looks perfect good other than a couple of little rust chips. Do you think that I could make some money back if I decide to flip?I tried to upload photos but it wasn't working.
Still ... the classica needs at least one new rim !!!
I cannot stand bikes with different wheelsets ... but OK this is personal opinion !!!
The Strada has also got better tires ... and I see no rust !!!
If you could upload the Classica photos would be nice ...
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I can't get the photos up. what i can tell you is that has nitto bars, cinelli seat, campy brakes, sun rear rim, and mavic front. The only rust on it is a few specs on the top tube and rear fork which is understandable since it has been sitting in a garage near the beach for a few years. It weighs in at 23 pounds as it is. I sent him half of the 175 already and am going to pick it up on monday. Do you think that I did alright? I really just got this bike because I love the bianchi history and want to take it to college with me. If it doesn't work out do you think that there is some money to be made?
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Old 07-25-15, 03:16 PM
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I can't get the photos up. what i can tell you is that has nitto bars, cinelli seat, campy brakes, sun rear rim, and mavic front. The only rust on it is a few specs on the top tube and rear fork which is understandable since it has been sitting in a garage near the beach for a few years. It weighs in at 23 pounds as it is. I sent him half of the 175 already and am going to pick it up on monday. Do you think that I did alright? I really just got this bike because I love the bianchi history and want to take it to college with me. If it doesn't work out do you think that there is some money to be made?
Buy the one YOU like !!!
It is you that will have to ride it ... as for money ... there's never enough so don't even mention it !!!
Happy rides ... whatever you choose !!!
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How do you know this is a Classica?




The Strada is the better bike quality wise.

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Sending partial payment for a bike on CL without knowing the seller is a recipe for getting screwed.
Hopefully it works out this time, but please don't let that convince you to try it a second time.

As for selling it if you don't like it- let's say it's in rough condition and you sell it for only $100. You are out $75 and have learned what you like and don't like. Not terribly expensive and you now know what you want.
And I'm sure you could get more than $100...that was just for emphasis.
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The bike says classica on the frame. I figured that the strada was a better bike but it was about a three hour drive instead of 1.5 and more than double the price with the value of the trade. I am picking it up tomorrow so I should be able to get some of my own pictures up soon. It really looks better in the other pictures. I don't know much about the classica. I know that it is a lower end frame, but I figured for what I need it was alright. It seems like it will be a good bike to do a little restoration on. BTW, do you know what color this frame is? It is almost like a more silvery celeste with the logos in blue and yellow.
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I was also a little scared about the payment but I checked out the ebay account with his PayPal and he was very highly rated. I also have his address which I got from the iPhone photos that he sent me as well as his parents that I am getting it from. Also, thanks for putting my mind at ease a bit there saying that worst case, it's a mildly expensive lesson.

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I also have his address which I got from the iPhone photos that he sent me …
yikes. (note to self ...)
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I am not sold on the Classica ID, but there is nothing Celeste about the paint on a Classica.
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I now have the bike in my possession! I was expecting it to need some work but I took it on a little ride today and it rides beautifully! The shifters are like butter and everything spins and stops great! I am going to go get some new tires tomorrow but other than that it is in great condition with just enough 'personality' to show its age.



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OK. Now I see it. Someone took off the stem shifters and mounted down tube (DT) shifters on it so that is why it doesn't look like a Classica. What are the cranks and derailleurs? The look like replacements too.

I would suggest some new brake blocks, Kool Stop International - High Performance Bicycle Brake Pads Since 1977



Nice brakes, how much was this bike?
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I paid 175 for the bike, I probably would have tried to go a little lower if it weren't for the campy brakes. It has some pretty old looking shimano 600 gear for the front derailleurs and the shifters and suntour gpx on the back. The crank says edge on it. The brake pads actually look pretty new, just a little dirty. The serial number is ds494554 if there is anything you can get from that. Any ideas on value or what color I can call it?

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It is an Ice Blue '84 and the value is actually much closer to $100 but since this has a set of brakes that are worth close to $150 themselves, not to mention the upgraded RD and crank I think you did pretty good.
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Awesome! I am thrilled with my decision and plan on keeping it until it falls apart. It is nice to know that I made a good deal and could get more than my money back if I needed. I am assuming that it is Japanese, am I correct?
BTW: How does Berta sound as a name?

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