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Unidentified late 80's (touring?) Bianchi and restoration ethic

Old 11-20-09, 03:54 PM
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Unidentified late 80's (touring?) Bianchi and restoration ethic

I recently bought a late 80's Bianchi at an auction, because it was really cheap (130 swiss francs, around 100 USD), perfectly rideable (no damages except cosmetic ones) and suiting my touring needs. Let me put here first that this bicycle may not have been built with touring in mind, but it definitely fits that category. I am extremely happy with it, especially for the price, but think about having it powdercoated in Celeste. What's more I would love to put newer parts to turn a rideable bike into a really nice touring one.
Here comes the ethical part. I suspect this Bianchi not being a top of the line bike and not a really old one either. The thing is that I may be wrong, because if I understand that this bike suits my needs, I know nearly nothing about Bianchi except that it is a praised italian bicycle maker. So here comes the forum. If some people around here could prove me wrong and tell me that this unidentified Bianchi is actually historically significant and worthy to be kept in its present state, I might reconsider my anachronical restoration scheme. I spent days trying to find anything about that bicycle and answer the exact question I am about to ask you, but without any result until now. So, anyone willing to give an advice or even identify this bike?

For identification, that's what I can tell:

Sold on the Swiss market at the time.
Serial number: 646221, on the steerer tube.
Decals: Campione del mondo 1986-1987 Colorado Springs (down tube), Edoardo Bianchi (steerer tube), Made in Italy (seat tube), T.T.S Tubi Trafilati Speciale Bianchi (seat tube) and Corsa (top tube)
Frame size: 56 cm with a very long wheel base (108 cm)
Eylets for fenders and rear rack
Ofmega front and rear hub + Ofmega crankset
Sachs-Huret indexed stem shifter (12 speeds) + Sachs-Huret front derailer
Shimano RS rear derailer
DiaCompe brake levers
Bianchi ITM stem + Bianchi fenders
Weinmann mod. 730 brakes

I put some picture here if anyone is interested, or kind enough, or both, to give me a hand in deciding what I should do:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/44852955@N03/

Thank you for reading such a long post, and for any help you could give!
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Old 11-20-09, 05:22 PM
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I think very few people would object to your plans, and it looks like it's got good geometry for touring. Your assessment is accurate: entry level late 80's model. Have fun with it!
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You've taken some time and effort to obtain imfo. and share your bike. Some guessing, observations and deductions are all I can provide. Clues at best, not a possitive ID. The bike isn't a US model but aspects are familiar. Bianchi isn't known as a builder of Touring bikes here. Not in a way anyway. Just recently a model came up, a "Randonneur" with a long but not that long of a wheelbase. Your bike is a large or med. so the size doesn't account for the disparity as if it was a x-large. I know of no other Tourers offered by Bianchi in the Early 1980s.
Trifalato in Italian meens drawn as in tubing as opposed to rolled, cold rolled which is a very different process than drawn. Chromoly & high tensile both can be drawn or c. rolled or seemed. All this leads to nothing other than to address the words on the sticker. Bianchi uses words that don't really offer solid proof, an ID of the tubing. This was more mysterious in the '80s than now. Stands to reason that tubing dedicated to building a tourer was not hitens steel. I assume it's Gara or perhaps a different or not so different seemless tubing, single butted or not butted at all, not infererior just not as light, matters little on a bike designed to be rugged. A few ounces per frame. if it weighs 35lbs. as is, all's fine & dandy.
The rear derailer's a Skylark type, an 81ish. Components on Euro-Spec'd bikes are often times older and not beffiting the bikes that they're on. They're cheaper, the way it is form what I've seen there. the aux. brk. levers indicate cheap bikes. HOWEVER.. depending on brand, SOME Co.s used such on mid-level bikes, it's not grounds for dismissal. That crank is unlike any I've seen; a different model , different market. In Italy, I saw really low-end Shimano on high quality mixte frame bikes, 5spd. single fr. crank, not even 12. Saw similar in Ireland too. The names; Camp Del Mun.. etc... Lots of Bianchis had duplicative names, dif. years it meant dif. things. Italians are funny like that. For instance; Corsa, Strada, Alloro...
It's a cool bike. I don't know how it is there but here in the states, touring folks care about MILES and the bike NOT breaking, all else meens little. To overly praise them would be to disparage others.
Anything you want to do is fine. The parts are worthy though and if they work, fine ! No need to go to any great length to improve untill they fail. painting or other things to please you, OK too.
Bikes here, some of which were NOT overly high-end 20 years ago, by virtue of being Tourers command more than you would expect. The price you paid is VERY low. It's worth more and to replace it... more than that. I'm not sure that I read you right on the "brand aspect" but IT IS A BIANCHI and irrespective of what anyone thinks, including YOU mister, it merits Celeste Paint ! IF you wish, I don't think it'll mind. WELL... I've waisted enough of your time and must go now. THANKS for SHOWING it !
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I masy be wrong here but I think the model name of this bike is actually Corsa. the Campione del Mundo is the decal commerating the 1986 world Champ victory. wether this sticker, or the corsa sticker are orginal is up for speculation. I personally do not know much about European Bianchis so I can not make further comment on this bike other than to say I agree with old and new. several key factors point to this being a lower end model. the fact that it uses a derailluer "claw" to mount the rear derailluer. the brazeons (very cheap looking ones at that) on the DT for cable stops.
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Thank you all for your answers.
What was leading me to think that this bike was on the low end side of the production line is exactly what you described. Here in 80's Europe, auxiliary brake levers were intended to push non-racers to buy cool-looking pseudo-racing bikes. The long wheelbase tends to prove the same thing. No sign of any known tubing brand (say, Columbus) and cheap braze-ons don't help thinking this bike was an expensive one at first.
I agree that the model name should be Corsa, but I have not found any sign of a late 80's Bianchi called Corsa. Super Corsa, yes, but my bike is definitely not a Super Corsa. Corsa means racing in Italian. Maybe the sticker was just put here to look cool. What bothers me is that I didn't know Bianchi was making cheap bikes in Italy, as the decal tends to prove it. Wasn't the production line for entry-level bikes anywhere else in the world at that time?
That's for the historical accuracy. On my side now, 1) I paid a low price for a perfectly rideable bike 2) It's geometry is very well suited for touring and it even has eylets for racks and fenders 3) It's a Bianchi and I can't help thinking it's cool 4) Even if tubing is cheap, that bike is definitely stiff enough to be ridden loaded and is really not that heavy. I'd even say it's quite lighter than expected.
My worry was to turn an historically significant bike into a everyday tourer, but as it seems you tend to agree with my plans, here is what I think to do during the course of the winter. 1) Paint job in Celeste with maybe a secondary color (off-white?) for the lugs 2) Brakes, brakes cables and brake levers replacement for improved braking power when loaded. 3) I actually love the perfectly functional derailers, but will replace the cheap shifters for bar-ends ones.
If anyone is interested, I could post pictures of the work in progress.
To old and new, Celeste definitely rocks!
By the way, Bianchigirll, "The joy is not winning..." is by Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics. I know that because I happen to live in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Olympic capital city.
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If anyone is interested, I could post pictures of the work in progress.
To old and new, Celeste definitely rocks!
By the way, Bianchigirll, "The joy is not winning..." is by Pierre de Coubertin, father of the modern Olympics. I know that because I happen to live in Lausanne, Switzerland, the Olympic capital city.[/QUOTE]

Hello

enjoy your project and yes keep us posted on progress. thanks for the info on the quoate. some attributed it to a foosball coach here in Pa but I knew that did not sound righ. I still wish I had stole that pster LOL
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Hi, I was wondering if anyone could help me find out a little more info about a Bianchi Axis, celeste green serial no. H9A70571. It has a 68 bb, Tange superset tubing. The Bianchi decals are Grey with a blue stripe. thanks
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