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$100 worth of Bianchi?

Old 06-05-23, 04:53 PM
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$100 worth of Bianchi?

Having deja vu on this one, popped up from a seller I am looking at picking up a different bike from. Usual lousy pics, but caught my eye. Wondering what I am looking at here? worth grabbing and saving?




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The frame appears to be older than most of the parts.

The stem is dangerously high - if you are considering purchase please pull the stem and check the steerer tube for damage.
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The frame is really what I am asking about. Parts, I assume I will be fairly easy to figure, when I can see them onsite.
Bianchi's models and tubing specs are still pretty much a mystery to me, even more so for older ones.
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the combination of downangle photos, poor lighting & lo-res make it difficult to see the details which would be helpful to move toward a date and model

at first glance thought "Strada, late fifties"

one Bianchi trait which appears to be missing is the proprietary integral headset

readers could probably give more and better information should further imagery be forthcoming...


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The head badge looks like the one in velobase that is from the 50s.

at $100 Id pick it up just to go through it and check it out in detail. Hard to be sure but it looks like there is some good parts on it (the shifters looked like Campy to me, the stem 3ttt) hard to tell in the pictures.
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Originally Posted by SwimmerMike
The head badge looks like the one in velobase that is from the 50s.

at $100 Id pick it up just to go through it and check it out in detail. Hard to be sure but it looks like there is some good parts on it (the shifters looked like Campy to me, the stem 3ttt) hard to tell in the pictures.
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yes, headplate is one of the things that has me thinking later 1950's for a date

the first generation 3TTT Record stem launched 1971

the Universal brake levers are one of the few fittings which are plausible to be OEM

chainset appears to be forged and has a smallish BCD

if purchased, then maybe we'll get some mo' beddah peechuhz...


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I would pic it up for $100 I see at least that much in parts. No idea of model but as said looks late 50's the nicer chrome and smooth looking lugs would seem to place as nicer model. One thing to check is the rear drops they look to have been cold set to significantly wider spacing than original.
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What goes through people's minds to think that turning the lights off and taking flash pictures is the way to go??
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When I see chromed lugs my antenna goes up. I'd want to check it out for certain.
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Well . . . the bike I was going to get that had me looking at this Bianchi fell through
Can't/Won't go just for the Bianchi (too many other projects), but knew if I was there I wouldn't leave without it

if anyone is interested I posted the Bianchi here:
eBay / CraigsList finds - "Are you looking for one of these!?" Part II

The Fuso I was going to buy was too small, but a really good price, posted here eBay / CraigsList finds - "Are you looking for one of these!?" Part II

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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott
What goes through people's minds to think that turning the lights off and taking flash pictures is the way to go??
Those are truly awful, but they're way better than two of his photos, which might possibly be the album cover of This is Spinal Tap (1984).

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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
Those are truly awful, but they're way better than two of his photos, which might possibly be the album cover of This is Spinal Tap (1984).

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Originally Posted by SurferRosa
Those are truly awful, but they're way better than two of his photos, which might possibly be the album cover of This is Spinal Tap (1984).

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Valid excuse not to purchase this?
there are none.
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Perfect project IMO. I'd be all over this one.
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Originally Posted by cyclophilia
The frame appears to be older than most of the parts.

The stem is dangerously high - if you are considering purchase please pull the stem and check the steerer tube for damage.
If they are regular resellers, sometimes they will pull up the seatpost and stem to show it's not frozen.
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Originally Posted by curbtender
If they are regular resellers, sometimes they will pull up the seatpost and stem to show it's not frozen.

Thanks, curbtender

I never would have imagined a knowledgeable seller presenting a clearly misconfigured bicycle as a deliberate act.

Glad to learn something new.
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