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1983 Bianchi Nuova 12/v

Old 09-12-10, 08:54 PM
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1983 Bianchi Nuova 12/v

Bought this for $104 at a garage sale. Pretty clean, some nicks here and there some spots of rust on the components. Not much and looks like it will clean up easily. The owner said he blew a tube and hit a curb. Subsequently he replaced the forks and hubs. Doesn't look like any frame damage(cracks or ripples) and he did replace the hubs and continued to ride it afterwards. I will be taking to my LBS Alpha Cycle in Vista for a thorough exam. Forks are Tange CrMo or so the sticker says. A bit of rust on them too but I want to replace them any way. Some paint rubbed off near the top of the seat tube looks like zefal damage. Biggest issue is the last top tube cable brazon is broken. Probably going to dremel it off prime it and cover it with replacement celest paint. Then use a Dia Comp top tube clamp. Eventually, and until I can afford it, will have a new one attached and get the frame powder coated and new decals. Also came with a seat bag with 2 screwdrivers, allen wrench set, tube patch kit(maybe dried out), computer(batteries are dead) and a presta to schrader adapter. Also some spenco gel gloves which cleaned up nicely after antibacterial soap wash then machine wash and finally plenty of bleach to brighten them up. Nice and bright and they fit great.

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Campognolo Hubs, front and rear deraillers and shifters

Mavic MA40 700c rims

Specialized Kevlar tires

Bontrager tubes(replaced myself) buy 2 get on free.

Bianchi/Strada Crank 52t/42t Chainring unknown cassette guessing oem...

Shimono 600 Pedals

Modolo Front and rear brakes

3ttt Stem and handle bars

AGC Brake levers

Vetta Nuvola seat and C-15 computer

Unknown seat tube looks like cursive G and P on it but can't tell.

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Old 09-12-10, 09:20 PM
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I can't give you an actual value, but in any case I have to say that $104 for this celeste Bianchi was a stellar deal !

1) Don't repaint the frame - You might consider doing the fork, but generally any repaint (or powder) on a vintage bike devalues it.
Exceptions made for basket cases, which this is NOT.

2) Have the cable guide brazed on. I think this bike deserves it and IMO, one clamp-on guide would just look schlocky.
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Old 09-12-10, 09:50 PM
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Thanks for the comment about the powder coating I did not know that. The idea for the clamp was to replace the zip tie. Until I can find some place in San Diego that can replace the cable guide and get the touch up paint. I figure the clamp would look better than that darn zip tie.

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I had been looking for several months for bikes. I kept seeing over priced euro garbage and beat up japanese imports as well as the no way I'm paying that much for a schimuffy. I kept getting beat to te punch on Saturdays cause I wasn't getting to the garage sales soon enough. "Oh sold that in the first 20 minutes" or " Should have been here half hour ago we had 2 bikes"... Got into a few email flames over specific pricing on some bikes. Like me replying I think you accidentally added an extra zero to the price of your bike. That never went over very well. Then I saw this on craigslist for $150(ad was for his garag sale) I got there before 7 AM. We talked a little, both tires were flat, hadn't had a tune up in over ten years, forks weren't original and were quite rusty, rims were replaced not sure for better or worse though, broken cable guide, dirtier than the lineoleum under my ex girlfriends refridgerater... well anyway I asked him if I could steal it for $100. I just didn't want to pay $150 for something that needed more money put into it. He agreed to $125, I said I only have four ones is $124 ok? He said ok shook hands I handed him a wad of twenties and ones and I stuffed the bike into my little convertable. When I was at the bike shop buying tubes I noticed I had an extra twenty. I think I only gave him five twenty dollar bills not six. Ooops. Maybe I had it all along and forgot... Anyway it cleaned up better than I anticipated and it rides so much better than my converted trek 7000. By converted I mean road slicks.

I had tossed around the idea that maybe I could combine my two bikes. I like my 7000 frame. Its aluminum and its purple. Its awesome. 700C rims 42t/52t chain ring better cranks, rapid fire shifters... But the Bianchi really cleaned up well can't wait to ride it to work tomorrow Really get a feel the difference. Maybe I'll put the knobbies back on the 7000 and... who am I kidding it never went off road before I put the slicks on it. Well maybe I can get my G/F to ride along the beach with me.
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nice looking Bianchi

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Did I mention the sticker on the top tube says nuovo racing 12/v? I don't know if that makes a difference or not.
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is this bike double posted? there seems to be a thread in both the regular C&V and the apprasail section.

104 is a great deal for this. did you want more information? looking over this bike and the catalogs I think it is actually a '84. the '83 had a different set of brake calipers. the brakelevers on this were of course changed at one time.

does this have a Piaggio decal on the seattube? can you post a pic?
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
is this bike double posted? there seems to be a thread in both the regular C&V and the apprasail section.

104 is a great deal for this. did you want more information? looking over this bike and the catalogs I think it is actually a '84. the '83 had a different set of brake calipers. the brakelevers on this were of course changed at one time.

does this have a Piaggio decal on the seattube? can you post a pic?
Yes it has a Piaggio Decal on the seat post it also has 3.M stamped on one side 1472 on the other. Yes I posted twice sort of.... I know I got a great deal on this was just wondering how great. Hence the reason for posting here.

I'm really excited to own this bike and wanted to get the opinions and ideas(and brag) about restoring, caring and finding original parts from some of the other members in C&V. Since 20X the people are viewing there at any given time.

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You'll have to just trust me that is says piaggio. My Blackberry takes horrible pictures. The rear derailler says Campagnolo Nuovo Record on it.
Do you know the difference between the nuova racing 12/v and nuova alloro?

I got to ride it for about 10 miles today. What a difference between this and my Trek 7000. I actually made up ten minutes. I Love my Trek but it just doesn't have the gearing and swiftness that this has. It was nice. But I'm going to need a little taller seat tube about an inch. Looks like the tires are buldging in spot or two on the side wall. Fugure I'm going to have to replace them soon too. And the seat isn't all that comfy.
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the Catalog does not really list them as Racing 12Vs just Nouvo Racing. I believe the 12V was added to advertise that were were 12spd bikes and not 10spds.

from what I can tell from your pics and description aside from the upgraded wheels and brakelevers it seems pretty stock. I would not worry too much about tracking down the origianl brakelevers and Ofmega hubs.

the style of the Piaggio decals indicates its a '84 model.
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Woohooo. Took it to the bike shop and confirmed no frame damage. Makes me happy.
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I rode it to work today, it's so much smoother over the bumps than my Trek 7000.
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