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Old 12-11-16, 09:15 PM
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higher end Vintage bike

looking to get a higher end vintage bike, do you guys think this one is worth it?

RARE VINTAGE MEN'S ITALIAN BIANCHI 12 SPD BIKE

thanks for your help.
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Old 12-11-16, 09:21 PM
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I'd expect a $500 to look almost flawless. Scuffed up, dirty, with a mixture of decent components, and tired tires, will point to a bike that needs a full overhaul. Laura hasn't taken great care of her bike.

I'd offer about half of their $500 asking price. Maybe.

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Old 12-11-16, 09:30 PM
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More than I would pay, but a decent bike, dirty, should get a bearing repack I would assume and drive train clean.
That will cost unless you wish to learn, a local bike co-op could help keep the tool purchase cost down.

Spin the wheels to observe how true they are or not, by the bikes appearance I bet they are out of true enough to use as a negotiation point. The visual size of the bike suggests for one 5' -7" to 5'-9". Over 5'-10"? Keep looking.

That all written, it is the icon Bianchi color, I could see the seller obtaining $400.
To me, it is a $300. Bike.

Pedals may well be functional (almost archaic) but require Look cleats, another detail to talk about and the pink...
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Old 12-11-16, 09:31 PM
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It's really a mid-range bike. I'd say in current condition 200-250.
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Old 12-11-16, 09:33 PM
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Originally Posted by gbuc View Post
looking to get a higher end vintage bike, do you guys think this one is worth it?

RARE VINTAGE MEN'S ITALIAN BIANCHI 12 SPD BIKE

thanks for your help.
Others will give more informed opinions, but I think this is overpriced. It's definitely not a high-end vintage bike, more like a mid-level enthusiast's bike. The Tretubi sticker means only the 3 main tubes are Columbus steel. The components are a mix of makers, which will turn many people off. The Campy NR derailleurs/seat post and Simplex retrofriction shifters are nice. It's also a smallish frame, so make sure it fits. It looks like it needs a LOT of loving attention to bring it back. If it was clean, lubed, adjusted, ready to ride, I'd still wager that it's overpriced somewhat. In it's current condition, I'd say way overpriced.

If you look at it, make sure the stem and seatpost can be adjusted.
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Old 12-11-16, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by cb400bill View Post
I'd expect a $500 to look almost flawless. Scuffed up, dirty, with a mixture of decent components, and tired tires, will point to a bike that needs a full overhaul. Laura hasn't taken great care of her bike.

I'd offer about half of their $500 asking price. Maybe.

+1 FMV is 1/2 asking price. Don't understand the Frankenbike mix of components.

Who is Laura?

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Old 12-11-16, 10:01 PM
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I wouldn't pay more than $250 for that bike. And as others have asked - does it fit you? This is very important.
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Old 12-12-16, 06:48 AM
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Thanks everyone. Bike would be to small for me but... I just really enjoy bringing them back to life. I have done a few restores now and they have all been on the lower to mid range area, looking t step my game up. I will offer him much lower then he is currently asking.
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I agree, that is a mid-range bike, and dirty. $250 or so.
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I will agree that it is a mid level bike worth about $250 in current shape. Also as a point mid level blue Bianchi's aren't rare there actually about the most common of the mid level road bikes, they seem to account for about half the bikes posted here.
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Old 12-12-16, 12:28 PM
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I wouldn't pay 500 for a tretubi bike unless it was absolutely mint. And even then it'd be a stretch. 250 for that bike is generous.


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Old 12-12-16, 12:42 PM
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The subject bicycle is a 1982 Bianchi Nuovo Racing, which was a lower mid-range model and the lowest Italian manufactured model in the USA market. As noted, it is a tretubi frame, though the stays and forks are Falck, as opposed to the Aelle found on the other tretubi Bianchi models.

$500 would seem optimistic in Upper NY state, especially at this time of year. However, I could see this easily exceeding $300 in season with a little more clean-up. Those retro-friction levers certainly add value and one could argue that the cranks do too, even though they are Japanese.
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Old 12-14-16, 06:52 AM
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This time of year...I would start more like 200...and go up from there...but...as others have said...not more than 250. It sounds like you want to flip it, as it does not really fit...so...you REALLY need to get it cheap...or be willing to part it out on the 'Bay
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Old 12-14-16, 02:04 PM
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I saw that a few days ago on my alerts. I agree much closer to $250 for all the work that will need to make it a nice rider

The TreTubi decal and Universal brakes are a sure sign it us midlevel likely a Nuovo Alloro from around '84ish. The Simplex shifters and SuperBee Pro cranks are nice upgrades.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
...The TreTubi decal and Universal brakes are a sure sign it us midlevel likely a Nuovo Alloro from around '84ish...
It's a 1982 Nuovo Racing.
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
+1 FMV is 1/2 asking price. Don't understand the Frankenbike mix of components.

Who is Laura?
Laura is the decal on the seat tube so we assume that is who owns the bike.
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Old 12-14-16, 05:26 PM
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1) It ain't that rare.

2) It ain't that "vintage"

3) It ain't that "high end"

4) It's worth half of what they are asking.
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Old 12-14-16, 11:45 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
1) It ain't that rare.

2) It ain't that "vintage"

3) It ain't that "high end"

4) It's worth half of what they are asking.
It appears that the seller is looking for some quick Christmas cash. It's the bottom of the "Made in Italy" bikes that originally came with second tier Italian components. The component changes, condition and time of year certainly reduce the value. Even in the relatively active, Portland, OR market this would sell for ~$200.

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