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Seeking advice on vintage Bianchis

Old 08-26-20, 09:09 AM
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Seeking advice on vintage Bianchis

Hi, I'm new to cycling and I'm looking to purchase a used vintage road bike. I have my sights set on a few vintage bianchis I've found online.

I'm looking for some advice as to how to go about evaluating these bikes. What should I look for and what questions should I ask the sellers and perhaps some opinions of value (are the prices reasonable?).

Here are pics of both bikes. The are both 59cm and both have full Campagnolo groupsets.


Thank you for your help!

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Old 08-27-20, 02:23 AM
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I'm looking for some advice as to how to go about evaluating these bikes. What should I look for and what questions should I ask the sellers and perhaps some opinions of value (are the prices reasonable?).
To properly assist you, we need to know where you live. We also need pictures and you can share those with us as soon as you get ten (10) posts. Telling us where you live would be one. How big are you - knowing that will help us determine if the bike(s) will fit you. I hope you get the point - even answering me with a thank you would qualify as a post. So...

Welcome to the forums and get started on those posts. I am looking forward to seeing the bikes.
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Thanks! I'm 6'0"/6'1" and I live in Toronto ON. The bike I'm looking at is a Celeste Bianchi with a full Campagnolo groupset. The price is CAD $1,500. It's in good condition. If you care to take a look, it's the 7th most recent post on swobikes instagram. Sorry I can't post pics or links yet.
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The subject bicycle appears to be a circa 1986 Canadian market version of Bianchi Vittoria with Columbus Formula One tubeset and mostly Campagnolo Victory components. Sizing appears to be in the ballpark for the OP and overall condition appears good, with typical paint chipping. However, the price is very high, even for very high priced GTA. And yes, I have taken into account that those are $CDN. This would be an easy pass for me.

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...there are not very many used Bianchi bikes I'd value at $1,146 American , and I live in a place that traditionally has some of the highest classic bike prices in the USA. Maybe an X4...that's the only one I can think of.

The images won't post for me, but on that link, teh bike you want is equipped with Victory, and appears to have some dirt issues in the drivetrain department, so it's hard to judge iff it might be worn to the point some stuff needs replacing.As it sits, that's maybe a $600 American bike where I live. Maybe less, depending on mechanical condition and how good or bad the wheels are.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer View Post
there are not very many used Bianchi bikes I'd value at $1,146 usd.
It would have to be Columbus SL or similar with chromed head tube lugs and full Campy Record.

maybe $600 usd where I live. Maybe less.
Agree. Nice bike. Except for the self-extracting crank bolts, Victory is super cool. Dig the drilled, non-aero levers.
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...there are not very many used Bianchi bikes I'd value at $1,146 American ,
You just ruined the value of my 401BIKE investment fund
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...except the ones you own. I meant to add that.
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