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Old 07-20-10, 11:07 PM
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What's this Bianchi worth?

Hello there,

I've been searching around this summer for a vintage road bike. I recently bought this beauty on Ebay. It's a classic Bianchi nuova alloro (unsure of the year, maybe 85?), made in Italy. The paint looks real nice for its age and has a few purely cosmetic scrapes and chips, no dents dings or cracks. Campagnolo, modolo flash, gipiemme and 3ttt parts. The top tube is 53cm center to center and the seat tube is 51cm center to center.

Any idea of the worth for this Bianchi? I'm looking into replacing the wheels/tires, seat, toe clips/straps, probably change out the tape, brake pads, cables, etc. I'm very excited about this bike project, and ideas or suggestions? Hope I am not getting myself into a mess. Plus, when I was searching I couldn't tell the difference between the 80's Bianchi-nuova alloro, specialissima, and piaggo models. Thanks for your time and help, looking forward to your responses!

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great classic looking Bianchi. to answer your last question first Piaggio is not a model but the owner of Bianchi VESPA Italy so most bikes in the '80s carried the Piaggio logo. it was dropped on the American market bikes when an agreement was made for Bianchi USA to be the sole importer for Bianchi in North America. this model most closely resmebles a '85 Nouvo Alloro but once we get more details on the cranks, brakes and the tubing type we can tell for sure.

as for changes don't go nuts right away. give the bike a good tune up, and the new cables. (IMHO stay with blue housings) be careful with the brakepads you need to ensure the new ones have the same width (the distance from the brake arm to the braking surface of the pad) to assure proper operation.

as for the wheels, if you already have a set of 7/6 spd clinchers great! but don't go crazy buying 8/910spd spaced super deep 'aero' wheels. you will have trouble getting them in the frame and (again IMHO) ruin the ride of this fine steel road machine. look through the ISO threads here and keep an eye on CL you can usually find a good deal on older freewheel style wheels in great shape.

as for the tubular wheels, you will get lots of imput on how bad/good they are. I love them! they are a pain in the but sometimes, like my daughter, but they ride great especailly on basic box section tubular rims like this bike has. they are certainly atleast worth trying even if you only ride them on the weekends to impress your friends. a local shop or fellow rider should be willing to help tou learn to glue them on. (if you really hate them I know a young lady who might take them off your hands)

as to the value? in general my reply (and some here argree with me) the bike is bassically worth what you paid for it. it is a nice bike and Celeste Bianchi of the early '80s era generally bring a premium price.

fabulous looking Bianchi I can't wait to see it cleaned and tuned up ready to ride.

check out this link, http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...otally+tubular
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Once again, thank you for all of your help! I have yet to receive the bike, it should be here on Tuesday. I wont know the condition of the wheels until then, but I will keep you posted. First things first- she will be getting a major tune up. I'm guessing that the blue housing is the original color for the brake cables? Here are a couple photos:


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