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Am I stupid for selling my '82 Bianchi Nuova Racing 12 Vel. for $325?

Old 04-14-17, 12:57 PM
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Am I stupid for selling my '82 Bianchi Nuova Racing 12 Vel. for $325?

Hi All,

I came across this bike on CL the other day and was able to snag it up! The original ad was priced at $100 including a vintage Brian's Wind Trainer that is pretty cool. The seller obviously had multiple buyers but I was the first one to get in the car and make the hour and 45 minute drive to Fraser, CO.


I also decided to up my offer from $100 to $140 to help secure my spot in line. Long story short this beauty is sitting in my garage right now!

The bike unfortunately is missing it's front Mavic Module E front rim and has no pedals.

I planned to keep it and look for the original front rim but I'm realizing it's a hair too big for me. It's a true 23" and I prefer to ride a 57cm at the most. I can make a 58cm work but this model has such a long stem that I'm totally extended when riding it.

I reached out to Pro's Closet and asked if they'd do $400 on it. They came back at $300 and we settled on $325.

Am I a fool for selling it at this price?

I sold the identical model and year bike to them last year and got $400 although that one was in much rougher cosmetic shape. This thing is pretty cherry. Wondering if $325 is about right on price for this bike minus the front wheel and pedals. I know the figure is close but I just want confirmation from the bike brains here on the forum.

Let me know your thoughts! Planning on taking it over there later this afternoon.

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Old 04-14-17, 02:47 PM
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Depends on how much you value your time. Yes you could make more money on a part out but if all you did was buy it and sell it then I would be happy with the $$ amount. I had this exact model bike go through my hands 8 years ago that was in fantastic condition. It did sell for north of $400 and it would have been a shame to part it out as it was just right as a complete bike. A very nice rider as well.
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The short answer is YES
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The price is OK but on the low side even considering condition and missing parts. I would consider parting it out or getting a wheel and selling it as a whole bike selling it cash to a LBS is going to get you the very low end of the value range. If you were welling to ship you could likely get $400+ for it here on the forums or ebay as shown.

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I just gave away a front wheel that would have been almost perfect (1987, but with Ambrosio rim) left over from my upgrade project.
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You should've at least have given a true enthusiast a shot at owning it, rather than sell it to a bike butcher.
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Frame is nice and so are some of the parts but there are also a lot of the tier B campy copies on there.
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Frame is nice and so are some of the parts but there are also a lot of the tier B campy copies on there.
^This.. But my crystal ball says PC will list it at $695.
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PC will likely list the frame set for $400 nakid no BB or headset and the parts for another $450-500 pieced. I can't really fault them on this they are one of the few brick and morter true pro shops that deals in nicer vintage parts and bikes left in Colorado .
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PC will likely list the frame set for $400 nakid no BB or headset and the parts for another $450-500 pieced. I can't really fault them on this they are one of the few brick and morter true pro shops that deals in nicer vintage parts and bikes left in Colorado .
There simply isn't $450-500 dollars worth of parts on that bike, even at Ebay prices.
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The kit is worth $500 or so, complete as is $650 -$700. Find that matching front wheel - could be worth $850+. Market is a bit limited because of the size.
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$140 for that Bianchi??? I hate you , and I hate the Irish second-hand bike market. I never get that lucky.
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Thanks everyone for your input! And yeah I know I got real lucky snagging this one for $140!

I think my wording was confusing initially as I still do currently have the bike. I ended up putting it on CL for $450 as is. Had a guy come over but he was shorter than me and ended up walking away because it was just a bit too big for him. I've still got the offer from PC at $325 but I think I'll probably be patient. Have had several people call or email about the bike at the $450 price point so we'll see what happens.

Would really love to find that Mavic module E front wheel with the Ofmega hub. If I was able to get that i'd considering keeping it just as an occasional rider even though it's a touch big. It's just so damn cool. If anyone has a lead on one or has suggestions for where to look other than Ebay and CL i'm all ears

Again I appreciate all the input and guidance!

PS- The headset seems to have some type of stopper installed in it. It is kinda locked into the straight ahead position but if you put a little pressure you can turn the bars about 10 degrees or so in either direction where it locks into place again. I've never come across this before? Any idea of why this is happening and or what the intended purpose of this is?

Thanks much!
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Sounds like the headset races are dimpled and the bearing is adjusted too tight. Not good.


Are the Ofmega hubs sealed cartridge bearing or (conventional) adjustable cup-and-cone? In my experience, their carts are good but the cup-and-cone I had came with very rough bearings even when new.


What would it cost to build or buy a front wheel with tire to match the rear wheel and tire?
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The kit is worth $500 or so, complete as is $650 -$700. Find that matching front wheel - could be worth $850+. Market is a bit limited because of the size.
I've got a complete Campy NR group (not mixed, like the "group" on this bike) sitting on the shelf. Wanna give me $500 for it? Doubt it.
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Considering you made almost $175 on a bike you just bought and did little too why worry. At $175 I am including time and gas for the drive and deducting that and $140 from the $325.

Frankly for a TreTubi Columbus and I think Falck stays and fork, with the mix of Ok Campi clonish components I think $325 is a fair price.

Considering this is low to mid level Italian model I think looking for an original front wheel and pedals would have been a fools errand and not really added to the value.
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I ended up listing it on CL to see what I could get. Had lots of interest and sold this morning for $400

Very pleased and now I've got some cash to throw at another bike!

Thanks to everyone who commented on the thread.

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