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(2) Celeste Green Bianchis

Old 04-13-20, 06:49 PM
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(2) Celeste Green Bianchis

1990 ish Bianchi Grizzly - I pulled the trigger on this one at $120 - it did not have a seat. Its too small for me but based on what I have read on this forum, thought I should grab it to resale, part out or maybe just admire.

there is also this 1980's Bianchi Sport SX available in my area, they are asking $200 - I was thinking of taking a chance at maybe $100? I could prob ride it, but I prefer a taller frame.

I don't live in an area where these types of bikes are appreciated - good with little competition to buy when they come available, but any resale would have to be Ebay which is a pain. What do you all think? Any upside in these bikes? I recently had a 1990 Bianchi Axis that was in good original condition, made a few adjustments and put new bar tape on it and made a whopping $30 - I would have kept it but didn't really like riding it as much as I thought I would.

Mostly doing this to have a new hobby and can't keep all the bikes, but also don't want to buy anything I might take a loss on - already have a few of those LOL.


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Old 04-13-20, 08:18 PM
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Based on the decal style both bicycles are 1988-1989. IMO, the Sport SX is the more desirable of the two. It's likely 1988 based on the traditional crown. It was an upper entry level model at $460 US. The Exage Sport components are basic but work well. One problem with Bianchi of this era is that the mint celeste paint often cracks but this one should be Asian origin and may be OK. In my experience, the current condition of the used bicycle market is not good. I definitely wouldn't pay $200, though I don't know if a seller would knock off $100.

As for the Grizzly, I only see them appealing to owners of Bianchi road bicycles. late 1980s Bianchi ATBs were very run of the mill and don't stand out in any way. The chain stay mounted U-brake makes it even less attractive.
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Folk just received theri first quarter 401k and IRA statements in the mail.
Are you feeling rich?
Neither are your potential buyers.
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Old 04-13-20, 08:25 PM
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Based on the decal style both bicycles are 1988-1989. IMO, the Sport SX is the more desirable of the two. It's likely 1988 based on the traditional crown. It was an upper entry level model at $460 US. The Exage Sport components are basic but work well. One problem with Bianchi of this era is that the mint celeste paint often cracks but this one should be Asian origin and may be OK. In my experience, the current condition of the used bicycle market is not good. I definitely wouldn't pay $200, though I don't know if a seller would knock off $100.

As for the Grizzly, I only see them appealing to owners of Bianchi road bicycles. late 1980s Bianchi ATBs were very run of the mill and don't stand out in any way. The chain stay mounted U-brake makes it even less attractive.
thanks for the input! I need to stick to bikes I can ride, that way if I miss the mark - at least I can get some personal use out of them before selling them for what I paid. The Grizzly came from a lady that had in Cali, she moved to Ark several years ago and hated to let it go - she def had a connection with that bike. Prob will part it out and see if I can get my money out of the pieces unless someone in my family/friends wants to ride it. Thanks again
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Folk just received theri first quarter 401k and IRA statements in the mail.
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good point, maybe my bike collection will become a bartering asset.

"Will trade 1989 reliable transportation for 10 chickens, good straight shooting gun or 5 boxes of shot gun shells"
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Originally Posted by justcynn View Post
good point, maybe my bike collection will become a bartering asset.

"Will trade 1989 reliable transportation for 10 chickens, good straight shooting gun or 5 boxes of shot gun shells"
Throw in 20 empty Mason jars and you've got yourself a deal !
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Originally Posted by justcynn View Post
thanks for the input! I need to stick to bikes I can ride, that way if I miss the mark - at least I can get some personal use out of them before selling them for what I paid. The Grizzly came from a lady that had in Cali, she moved to Ark several years ago and hated to let it go - she def had a connection with that bike. Prob will part it out and see if I can get my money out of the pieces unless someone in my family/friends wants to ride it. Thanks again

That Grizzly to my eyes is a neat machine -- but I love Italian manufacturers in general. I spy what looks like Deore thumbshifters -- what is the pedigree of the rest of the parts? If its predominately Deore or Deore DX , its a nicely appointed rig
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That Grizzly to my eyes is a neat machine -- but I love Italian manufacturers in general. I spy what looks like Deore thumbshifters -- what is the pedigree of the rest of the parts? If its predominately Deore or Deore DX , its a nicely appointed rig
Yeah I like the Grizzly too. If it's a Deore bike, than that was a decent deal at $120. The u brake is a mixed bag but it's fine for road and gravel riding; not so fine for offroad.

I picked up a 1989 Stumpjumper a while back with a u brake and a full deore xt group. It's been a great commuter.
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Yes. It is all Shimano Deore. Thanks everyone.
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Maybe just the photo perspective, but the head tube angle on that road bike looks really weird.
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I think the Sport SX is overpriced. I picked one up last summer for less than a quarter of the asking price of this one. Mine isn't Celeste though. I have it on my trainer and it will be my 'beater' bike.
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Originally Posted by repechage View Post
Folk just received theri first quarter 401k and IRA statements in the mail.
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But that free stimulus check is coming any day now!!
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Originally Posted by SurferRosa View Post
Maybe just the photo perspective, but the head tube angle on that road bike looks really weird.
i'm pretty sure the bars are just about 2 cm out of adjustment making things look off yet this would still concern me as it is a sign the bike has been slammed and jammed around in storage and neglected for years.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
But that free stimulus check is coming any day now!!
let me know when it arrives by electronic or postal service.
(watch the cruel joke when the Memo signature on the check overprints the routing number and the bank kicks it back)

But I digress.
I am going through my parts looking for items that are beyond full component groups.
I just looked at the derailleur drawer... 21 mechanisms... I think I have a few extra.
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well they wouldn't budge off the $200 on the Sport SX so didn't buy it. The Grizzly is in pretty good shape. Needs the rear wheel trued, handle bar grips and cables. It has a ridiculously long seat post and handle bar stem (even with the min amount in the tube) so might just be able to ride it after all. Plan as of now is to get it ride able and enjoy it then maybe some day look to resell
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