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Value of a 1986-1987 Restored Bianchi Sport SX

Old 06-20-17, 01:21 PM
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Value of a 1986-1987 Restored Bianchi Sport SX

Hi everyone,

I hope I'm posting this in an appropriate forum (please correct me if there's a better place for this).

I'm helping my 5'4.5" (29.5" leg inseam) girlfriend buy her first road bike. We are new to cycling and don't want to spend more than $350 on a bike because we only ride for about 30 miles per week on easy terrain. I wasn't planning to buy a vintage bike but came across this for her (all details below). The size (50cm) looks right based on my research but I don't know much about the value of this vintage bike or whether it'd be good for her. Any advice on the value of this bike and any advantages/disadvantages of vintage bikes compared to newer models would be extremely helpful. Visually, it looks great and well restored (I tried to attach a pic - not sure if it worked). Thanks, everyone!

*UPDATE: LOCATION IS IN DENVER!

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Selling a beautifully restored black with red Bianchi Sport SX, 18-Speed road bike, size 50cm (small, for someone under 5'5"). New Bontrager red tape and Forte tires. Equipped with anodized Araya Rims 700c Red Label, Dia-Compe a-5000 brakeset, Suntour a-5000 shifters/derailleurs, Sugino GP 130 a-5000 anodized crankset. No damage or dents in the frame. Tuned, polished and cleaned! Selling $280, cash only, no trades.

Specs:

Frame: Bianchi Sport SX, 18-Speed road bike, Tange Double Butted frame, scalloped seat stays, sloping B-stamped forks. Size 50cm (small) c-t, made for someone under 5'5", standover height 29.5"
Shifters: Suntour a-5000, indexed and friction
Crankset: Sugino GP 130 a-5000, anodized (dark bronze color)
Brakes: Dia-Compe a-5000 side caliper
Handlebars: Custom bars with New Bontrager red tape, professionally wrapped
Saddle: Specialized
Tires: New Forte 700x28c tires
Rims: Araya 700c Anodized (dark bronze) Red Label Rims laced with a-5000 hubs
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Old 06-20-17, 01:55 PM
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...there's a C+V valuations and identification forum. One of the moderators will probably move this for you.

It helps a lot when you ask for valuation if you give your location. Here in NorCal, that's a solid bike of Japanese manufacture ( I think) at a competitive price, given the condition. Some other places in the country, maybe not so much.
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Old 06-20-17, 02:03 PM
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There's actually a separate subforum for appraisals and this would be more appropriately asked there. But since we're already here (until the thread gets moved)...

The size seems about right, but price is hard to determine without knowing your location. $280 would be overpriced in my neck o' the woods, but if you're in a hot market for used bikes, then it could be a different story.

Your wife OK with downtube shifters? If not, it's not easy to upgrade to integrated brake/shift levers on this bike because the other parts of the SunTour drivetrain aren't compatible with any indexed shifters available today. (If this bike had a Shimano drivetrain, it would be a more straightforward upgrade path, with more options.)
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Old 06-20-17, 03:11 PM
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You've probably got the size right although a 52 cm seat tube might work too if she's got enough reach in her.
It's a solid vintage bike. If it fits and she likes it, don't worry if it's slightly higher than market value. You're looking for a rider and you've found one.
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That is a great bike. I rode mine a lot even after I got a fancy SL framed Italian Bianchi I still commuted on my Sport SX in case it rained.

Are you sure about the size? 50 sounds a bit small for a 29" inseam.
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50cm should be a good fit for her my wife at 5'4 with a 28.5" inseam rides a 49/50cm bianchi sport SX comfortably.
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I'm about 5'4"-ish with a 29.5 inseam/pbh and I ride a 49/50cm, so size will likely be good. Its a beautiful bike and I would pay that price gladly where I live...I don't see many Bianchi road bikes with that low of a price, in my size.

ETA - my bike has a stand over height of 28.75 and appears to be the same size as the Bianchi. The listed stand over height seems a bit high, not that it really matters, just wanted to comment on that since you say her inseam is 29.5 too. If it fits her and she likes it, I would get it
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I would think a restored bike would include complete disassembly and cleaning and repacking of the bottom bracket and hubs as well as truing the wheels. They are not saying they did that so using the word "restored" is a bit of a stretch. Putting on new tires and "professionally" wrapped bar tape and wiping it down with a rag doesn't cut it. I would bring that to their attention.
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First post in a while.

I had a Sport LX in the 80s, though I bought the frame and transferred a bunch of parts to it, including some very light tubular wheels.

I loved that bike, should never have sold it. The handling was perfect for fast rides, it was strong enough for a big muscular guy like I was back then to hammer down, but at the same time, wouldn't beat me up over a long haul.

I bought a Trek 400 made from Tange 900 and it didn't feel as light or sporty.
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I would think a restored bike would include complete disassembly and cleaning and repacking of the bottom bracket and hubs as well as truing the wheels. They are not saying they did that so using the word "restored" is a bit of a stretch. Putting on new tires and "professionally" wrapped bar tape and wiping it down with a rag doesn't cut it. I would bring that to their attention.

+1. If the restore neglects above, $225-$250. If done as part of retore, jump on it. Clean and small doesn't stay on the market long.
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