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Old 05-16-17, 03:17 PM
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Another Bianchi

Saw this on the local CL, and thought it might be a possible vintage bike for the wife:



The seller sent me a few extra photos (on my phone right now). Suntour Alpha-5000 derailleurs and shifters, SR Laprade post, Diacompe calipers (without pads or holders), Tange Cro-Mo sticker on fork blade, 1986-1987 Campione Del Mondo sticker. It obviously needs a lot of love, along with wheels/tires/cables/brakes pads and holders. Lots of rust pitting on headset. Asking price is $200, though I have to believe that's fairly flexible. I see the fender eyelets, which would actually be a good thing (she has a vintage go-fast Cannondale).

If this might be worth pursuing, I'll download and post the other photos. Otherwise, you can all save me a drive across the Lake Pontchartrain.
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Old 05-16-17, 03:20 PM
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Just got a few more photos, confirming Bianchi Superset DB Cr-Mo Tange frame, made in Japan, Sakae cranks.
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Old 05-16-17, 06:35 PM
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If the Bianchi name means something special to you, go for it. Otherwise, worth maybe 50-60% of asking price as pictured.
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Old 05-16-17, 06:40 PM
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I'd say 100-150 for that one, needs a lot of work and parts. I don't see the seller being able to get $200 for it so maybe an off and a waiting game is in order.
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If the Bianchi name means something special to you, go for it. Otherwise, worth maybe 50-60% of asking price as pictured.
That's about what I thought. I wouldn't be surprised if I could get it for that, but I don't think I want this much of a project right now. And looking at the additional photos, it would clean up fairly well, but I think I want something with better paint and a step or two higher up the food chain for my wife's first vintage steel bike.
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Originally Posted by Kevindale View Post
That's about what I thought. I wouldn't be surprised if I could get it for that, but I don't think I want this much of a project right now. And looking at the additional photos, it would clean up fairly well, but I think I want something with better paint and a step or two higher up the food chain for my wife's first vintage steel bike.
Good plan. Aim high. Are you looking for a down tube shifter bike? If so hopefully your wife is on board with that. 7-8 years ago my wife said she had to have a Celeste Bianchi after I had a couple of them go through my hands. I found one after a 6 month search and put 8 speed brifters on it and some other nice parts. She LOVED the fact that it had Dura Ace brakes.
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Old 05-16-17, 08:46 PM
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The Bianchi in question is an '87 Sport SX made in Taiwan. It is a good riding bike with that Tange frameset but with a MSRP of around $479 I don't think I would pay $200 for one in that shape. Does it even have wheels?

Actually by the time you add in the driving and gas your closer to $250+ I'd pass
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Rear Derailleur has the poop bent out of it. This looks like a bike that was locked up somewhere and got stripped.
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[QUOTE=Bianchigirll;19588899]The Bianchi in question is an '87 Sport SX made in Taiwan. It is a good riding bike with that Tange frameset but with a MSRP of around $479 I don't think I would pay $200 for one in that shape. Does it even have wheels?

Even in the hot Portland, OR market that's a $100 bike at most. Yes, as BG said, it's a nice ride, but nothing special and it needs lots work.

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Thanks everyone for the additional comments. @tmh657, you're right, I need to aim higher than I would for myself. The bike you pictured is pretty much exactly what I think my wife would love, right down to the color and size and build. I actually not sure how much she'll enjoy non-aero brakes and downtube shifters - the only brifters she's ever used on a road bike is Ultegra 9 speed.
@Bianchigirll, thanks for the ID. I'd have to get this for a song, and make it a back-burner long-term project to justify it. It only comes with what is shown, though I do have a set of good wheels and extra Shimano 600 brake levers and calipers that should work with this bike.
@howsteepisit, when I get time I'll post the close up photos of the components.
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