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Old 11-30-16, 11:06 PM
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Bianchi bike ID and value.

Not sure what Bianchi this is. Trying to figure out the model and if it is Japan or Italy made? Late 70's to early 80's? It has a mix of early Shimano 600 and Dura ace. Fork crown makes me think it is a little older but not sure. No decals.

Not looking like real high end model but not bad. Any ideas and what would you pay for something like this?
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Looks a lot like an 80's Limited I once had. Ishiwata 022 and Japanese made if memory serves. Nice find. I'll defer to the experts on price and desirability.
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The surviving Piaggio decal indicates 1981-1984. During this era the Limited was a SunTour Cyclone, Sugino and Dia-Compe equipped model. It didn't switch to Shimano 500 until 1985, when production reverted to Italy. So while the build suggests a Limited, it would appear to be a largely Frankenbike build.

Given the era and apparent frame level, is almost certainly a Japanese manufactured frame. The serial number will tell us for sure and determine the exact manufacturing date. The text on the tubing decal will help us to determine the model.
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Yeah i am thinking Japanese Bianchi Franken bike. Thanks T-Mar, as per from your archived posts and a real time response you are on point. I am finding Bianchi to be an interesting company, quite a few models churned out during boom yrs and not that many low end, (Italian or Japanese). Bianchi spoiled us so much with great Italian bikes, that the Japanese ones they made don't seem to garner much respect. But if you look at the bike and compare it to other Japanese mfg's it looks pretty good to me.

Who made the Bianchi Japanese bikes btw?
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If you post the serial number, it will end all the mystery., as to the exact model year and country of origin. Knowing the seat post size and/or a good picture of the tubing decal would allow us to determine if it is a Limited.

I have yet to identify the manufacturer of the Japanese Bianchi, however they contract manufactured a number of other brands including Miele, Shogun and Takara.

Contrary to your statement, I do not see that many Bianchi from the boom era (early 1970s). They do not appear to have been as widely distributed during this period as some other Italian marques, notably Atala, and Bottecchia. During this period, bicycle distribution was typically handled by independent importers, as opposed to the manufacturers. Bianchi does not seem to have had a major presence in the USA until the very early 1980s, when Piaggio bought the company and set up a Bianchi division within Vespa of America, to handle the USA market.
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