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62cm Bianchi Special vintage road bike

Old 05-12-20, 11:36 PM
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62cm Bianchi Special vintage road bike

Hello,

I'm looking at purchasing a road bicycle for myself. While I recognize the brand name, I am admittedly ignorant about the quality of Bianchi bicycles. I have found a 62cm Bianchi Special road bicycle (I'm 6'4) for $375 that I'm considering purchasing but want to check to make sure I'm not getting ripped off. The specs are advertised as follows:

62cm Bianchi Special
- Tuned up and and is ready to ride
- Lightly used and still in Excellent condition
- 12 speed, Steel frame, Shimano 600 shifters/derailleurs/crankset, Shimano 105 brake levers, Magic wheels, Continental Ultra 700x23 tires

Geometry:
XL / Extra Large frame
* Center to Top: 62cm
* Top Tube: 58cm
* Stand Over Height: 33.75"

From photos the bicycle seems to be in good condition. Any thoughts? Thank you so much in advance!
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Old 05-13-20, 02:36 AM
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Most of the folks here(there are a few experts on Bianchi) are going to want to see photos for a true evaluation. I know you have to have ten posts before you post pictures but maybe a link to the add would help. I have seen Bianchi’s that would be a bargain at that price and others that would not be worth half that. Joe
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Is it this one? $375 seems high to me, but let's wait for the Bianchi experts to opine.

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The Bianchi Special was an early 1980s, Japanese manufactured lower mid-range model. I'd be hard pressed to pay $375 US, even for one in very good condition, in a high priced market. However, in 1985 Bianchi offered many of it's Ilalian models with Columbus manufactured Bainchi Special tubing. Many owners erroneously call these Bianchi Specials. These models covered a relatively wide range and some could be worth up to $375. So we really do need to see photos.

Having said that, you are a very tall person. 62/63cm is often the tallest frame size offered by manufacturer, though some offered 67/68cm is specific models. Tall frames are relatively rare. This makes them more difficult to find but also harder to sell. If it's been sitting around for a while, sellers may be more flexible about taking offers but other times you'll have to step up and pay a premium if you can't find any others.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
The Bianchi Special was an early 1980s, Japanese manufactured lower mid-range model. I'd be hard pressed to pay $375 US, even for one in very good condition, in a high priced market. However, in 1985 Bianchi offered many of it's Ilalian models with Columbus manufactured Bainchi Special tubing. Many owners erroneously call these Bianchi Specials. These models covered a relatively wide range and some could be worth up to $375. So we really do need to see photos.

Having said that, you are a very tall person. 62/63cm is often the tallest frame size offered by manufacturer, though some offered 67/68cm is specific models. Tall frames are relatively rare. This makes them more difficult to find but also harder to sell. If it's been sitting around for a while, sellers may be more flexible about taking offers but other times you'll have to step up and pay a premium if you can't find any others.
Hi T-Mar,

The photo posted in this thread is from the advertisement. I am unfortunately unable to add photos or URLs to posts yet. Thank you for your help!
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Originally Posted by favifavi View Post
Hi T-Mar,

The photo posted in this thread is from the advertisement. I am unfortunately unable to add photos or URLs to posts yet. Thank you for your help!
Actually, you upload photos to the site. While they won't attach to the post, they will be deposited in an album where members can view them. URLs can also be disguised by changing characters so the bots don't recognize them. You should do one of these two, a the photo quality is not adequate to provide a positive identification. It could be a 1985 Bainchi Limited with Bianchi Special by Columbus tubing and Shimano New 600EX components. Regardless, it appears to have replacements for at least the saddle, handlebar stem, brake levers and pedals (which are missing dust caps). If it is a Limited, I'd want to pay about $200-$225 US. .
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Old 05-14-20, 05:35 AM
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Not sure where you are located, but this appears to be a better Bianchi at a lower price and it may be worth arranging shipping:
Tall Bianchi Limited in Rochester NY



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