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Old 10-06-16, 02:50 PM
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Another one of those "What is this old Bianchi?" posts....

The old Bianchi that my friend John garbage picked, fixed up, and gave to me to get me into riding back in the early 2000s..... It's been stored at his place since I bought my LeMond in 2007.... I just got it back this past weekend (minus a few parts such as the wheels).... Hoping to get as much information on the bike as I can (especially, year, model, and original specs) before I make my final decision on what to put on it when I rebuild it this winter.... There is a "Made in Taiwan" sticker on the bike. The rear derailleur and shifters were replaced by me in the early 2000s so they are most definitely not original. Every suggestion that I have gotten so far has had downtube shifters.... This bike has stem shifters and does not have bosses for downtube shifters. The serial number is
51027015.... Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!! THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!!

For some reason the pictures won't upload.... So here is a link to a (publicly shared) Facebook photo album with pictures....

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?...1&l=3120f835d2

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The subject bicycle appears to be a 1986 Bianchi Strada. This was the bottom of the line model, with a hi-tensile steel frame. The original rear derailleur was a Shimano Z501 with Shimano Z408 stem shifters. The OEM wheels were Suzue (front QR, rear nutted) laced to Araya 27" aluminum rims. The rest of the bicycle appears to be OEM.
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But every picture that I have found of a Strada shows downtube shifters.... This frame doesn't even have bosses for downtube shifters....
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Here's a picture of a 1987 Bianchi Strada. We know it's a Strada because the model name is on the top tube and we know's it's a 1987 based on the rectangular Campione del Mondo decal. The bicycle is equipped with stem shifters and the enlargement shows that the down tube is equipped with cable stops, as opposed to brazed-on shift lever bosses. Brifters were still 3 years into the future, so the down tube cable stops would only have been for stem or bar end shifters.

This bicycle also uses a claw derailleur, just like yours. Basically, the frame is identical except that, based on the serial number, yours is one model year older.
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But every picture that I have found of a Strada shows downtube shifters.... This frame doesn't even have bosses for downtube shifters....
I believe the Strata LX had DT shifters.
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