Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals.
Reload this Page >

Need to identify Bianchi believe itís apx 1981 Super Leggera

Notices
Classic and Vintage Bicycles: Whats it Worth? Appraisals. Use this subforum for all requests as to "How much is this vintage bike worth?"Do NOT try to sell it in here, use the Marketplaces.

Need to identify Bianchi believe itís apx 1981 Super Leggera

Old 01-03-23, 09:26 PM
  #1  
Jddean
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Jddean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2022
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Need to identify Bianchi believe itís apx 1981 Super Leggera

Hi guys!
I was able to get this bike from a passed away rider with intent to restore. Iím trying to confirm and identify the year model and maybe value. Believe it to be 1981ish super Leggera. Although I do know what these can go for.
Obviously the paint needs redoing and the logos.But you donít find a unused off the road,un-dinged










, no rust like this. it was taken apart and stored 30 years ago or more so it hasnít seen a road.
Parts:
-Iíve got the infamous rainbow campy levers,
stitched bars, Bianchi engraved stem, 3tt bars
-Regina gold 6 speed Cassette/ Regina chain
-campy brakes, multiple campy front derailleurs, and 2 rear campy derailleurs.
These pictures wonít do it justice of how shiny and clean and unused it all is. Could say more but youíll see Iíll keep it short. Thanks for the help friends!
Jddean is offline  
Likes For Jddean:
Old 01-04-23, 10:37 AM
  #2  
obrentharris 
Senior Member
 
obrentharris's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Point Reyes Station, California
Posts: 4,269

Bikes: Indeed!

Mentioned: 86 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1293 Post(s)
Liked 2,615 Times in 873 Posts
The Phil crank arm shortener is pretty cool!
Hopefully @Bianchigirll will be along soon to impart some of her wisdom.
Brent
obrentharris is offline  
Likes For obrentharris:
Old 01-04-23, 10:59 AM
  #3  
TugaDude
Senior Member
 
TugaDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,351
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 537 Post(s)
Liked 564 Times in 409 Posts
The frame appears to already have had some paint touchup. Note the weird texture on the paint as well as the blue masking tape which remains on the seat stay top.

Edit: Now that I look closer there's also some remnant of masking tape on the chrome chain stay and some overspray on the tubing decal. Interesting.
TugaDude is offline  
Old 01-04-23, 01:58 PM
  #4  
Jddean
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Jddean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2022
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Yes the paint is not the issue it was repainted 20 yrs ago or so, not well, then stored in a box. Definitely will need to be repainted. Although it was preserved and unused. Tapes been there for a longgg time.

i should have posted that in retrospect I honestly forgot but knew it would obviously come up. Yes paint is ok from far, far from good. But solid stored no rust frame. Iím more concerned with identifying year and model. I believe Iíve got it

Originally Posted by TugaDude View Post
The frame appears to already have had some paint touchup. Note the weird texture on the paint as well as the blue masking tape which remains on the seat stay top.

Edit: Now that I look closer there's also some remnant of masking tape on the chrome chain stay and some overspray on the tubing decal. Interesting.

Last edited by Jddean; 01-04-23 at 04:05 PM.
Jddean is offline  
Old 01-04-23, 06:37 PM
  #5  
Jddean
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Jddean's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2022
Posts: 13
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Definitely do not go by logos or the paint job they are inaccurate. The old guy probably didnít have access to good decals when he repainted so I think he went with what he had.
Youíll have to go by frame. I do know the derailleurs I have are different. Typically I see the rainbow campy shifters and the stitched bars on 81ís. Although usually the tube is stamped 81 and mine is not

Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
I'm thinking it's an '83although it should should have a Super Record RD, but considering the overall condition it may have been swapped out. An older model would have chromed head lugs.

There are a few decals that don't belong but than again the Piaggio decals seem to be missing so....

OH this is in the US yes?



Jddean is offline  
Old 01-04-23, 08:55 PM
  #6  
Drillium Dude 
Senior Member
 
Drillium Dude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: PAZ
Posts: 12,383
Mentioned: 255 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2573 Post(s)
Liked 4,742 Times in 1,688 Posts
Go by the lugs, OP. Yours is definitely later than 1981 because those Super Corsas and Super Leggeras of that year got chrome head lugs. Lugs are also the last of the the old-school stamped lugs; your frame has the first versions of the cast lugs (this is specifically called out in the spec sheet provided by @Bianchigirll), making it 1982 or later.

Sure the decals can't be trusted because of the repaint, but the frame details tell a different story than 1981.

Lots of details of an '81 Super Leggera/Superissimo here: Bianchi

DD
Drillium Dude is offline  
Old 01-05-23, 02:17 AM
  #7  
Bianchigirll 
Bianchi Goddess
 
Bianchigirll's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Shady Pines Retirement Fort Wayne, In
Posts: 29,231

Bikes: Too many to list here check my signature.

Mentioned: 174 Post(s)
Tagged: 2 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2721 Post(s)
Liked 2,190 Times in 1,220 Posts
Originally Posted by jddean View Post
definitely do not go by logos or the paint job they are inaccurate. The old guy probably didn’t have access to good decals when he repainted so i think he went with what he had.
You’ll have to go by frame. I do know the derailleurs i have are different. Typically i see the rainbow campy shifters and the stitched bars on 81’s. Although usually the tube is stamped 81 and mine is not
ok.
__________________
ďOne morning you wake up, the girl is gone, the bikes are gone, all that's left behind is a pair of old tires and a tube of tubular glue, all squeezed out"

Sugar "Kane" Kowalczyk

Last edited by Bianchigirll; 01-05-23 at 02:25 AM.
Bianchigirll is offline  
Old 01-05-23, 07:36 AM
  #8  
TugaDude
Senior Member
 
TugaDude's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 3,351
Mentioned: 9 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 537 Post(s)
Liked 564 Times in 409 Posts
Originally Posted by Jddean View Post
Yes the paint is not the issue it was repainted 20 yrs ago or so, not well, then stored in a box. Definitely will need to be repainted. Although it was preserved and unused. Tapes been there for a longgg time.

i should have posted that in retrospect I honestly forgot but knew it would obviously come up. Yes paint is ok from far, far from good. But solid stored no rust frame. Iím more concerned with identifying year and model. I believe Iíve got it
My reason in bringing it up is because once something has been repainted you can no longer trust any of the decals necessarily and decals are a quick way of sometimes narrowing production dates down. In this instance, I also pointed out that there appears to be overspray on at least one of the decals and that means to me that the decal might be original and wasn't protected from the spray. So, in other words, the person who did the "touch up" only sprayed some areas possibly, the worst ones I presume.
TugaDude is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.