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1997 Bianchi Trofeo - size 58

Old 08-18-19, 03:21 PM
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1997 Bianchi Trofeo - size 58

Hello all -
My very trusty 1997 Bianchi Trofeo has served me very well on many adventures. I'm considering getting into some Grand Fondo and triathlons in the coming year(s) and I'm starting to think that I should look into a bike which is less than 22 years old. I bought this bike off of a friend in 2002, so my memory of the facts may not be what it once was. Hopefully someone here - Bianchi Girl/Goddess?? - can help me determine what a fair value for my bike is. Please don't judge me for the dirty drivetrain and the valve stems that are too long. I know I have to clean things up when I can get more than a few minutes... and I missed the length of the valve stems when I noticed a great price for new tubes. I found a set of Mirage shifters online for $130 I could purchase to fix my bent one... but not sure if the value increase would be worth the repair cost.
Here are the details:
Brake/Shift levers - Campagnolo Mirage Ergo Shift 8sp, double front (Front right shifter bent in crash but still works)
Wheels - Campagnolo Melbourne 56 (??)
Front/Rear derailleur - Campagnolo Avanti
Brakes - Campagnolo Avanti
Crank - Miche Performance (??)
Chain Rings, Chain, Cassette - Campagnolo something... original to bike.

Thanks in advance for the help!
(trying to figure out pictures now... but it appears that I cannot post any links to photobucket, etc., until I reach 10 posts... I'll be back)

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Old 08-19-19, 05:26 AM
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Old 08-20-19, 06:46 AM
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"Please don't judge me for the dirty drivetrain and the valve stems that are too long. I know I have to clean things up"

It's not a judgement of you, its a judgement of the bike. If you want a value, then the only thing I can judge is its current condition. You might want to clean it up and post those pictures. Really dirty = really big discount.

IMHO, unless you happen to have a pile of cheap parts, then fixing to increase value is a waste of money. Value of bike will not increase as much as what you pay for those parts. Now if you find a replacement at a local co-op, sure, that might be worth it. And all of this of course assumes you do all the work yourself, and have the skills to adjust the derailleurs. Check shop rates at your LBS. Around here, they used to be $75 an hour, they have been going UP from there. I haven't checked lately, but I would guess at least $85 per hour. Probably higher yet in NYC.


The advantage you have is location. A bike in NYC is going to bring a lot more $$ than here in NC. I bought a similar era Italian Bianchi here a couple of weeks ago, but a step up in Campy parts and the crankset was full Campy too. $125, due to really dirty condition, and I got a good deal too.


I have dirty bikes too. So if someone says my bike is dirty, I'd say it sure is. I would not consider it a personal judgement, but more of a fact.

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