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Old 07-25-11, 10:20 AM
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85-87 Bianchi Sport SX?

I've spent most of my morning today scouring the net for some information on a bike I'm thinking of purchasing. The owner has no idea about the details of the bike, and all I have to go off so far are some low resolution pictures:


From what I could tell based on the color and decals, it looks like a 85-87 Sport SX. I am new to the road bike game, and I have no idea what the value of this bike is. This is Las Vegas, NV and the asking price is 300.

I'm going to go take a look at it after work, as I'm not even sure what size it is. What's a decent price for a bike like this in good condition?
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Old 07-25-11, 11:16 AM
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That looks like a 64cm frame, you should be at least 6' tall to ride it.

Do you know what the components are. It probably has Suntour Arx levers derailleurs and Dia compe brakes. I had one in this size I sold last year for $225, it was in great shape. Start deducting from there depending on what it needs.
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Try and get more info. a black Sport SX is either an '85 or '87.

a '85 has a DB maganese frame and fork with a mix of Suntour, LePree derailleurs and 105 shifters with BR-Z570 brakes, 27" alloy wheels

the '87 is DB Tange ChroMoly mainframe and fork with manganese stays (they ride pretty good) and complete Suntour Alpha 5000, 700 Araya rims

I think this one is a '85 judging by the exposed brake cables, and look (although blurry) of the shifter.

a 87 would have to be in very good shape for $300, and I think it is a bit high for a '85.
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Old 07-25-11, 03:30 PM
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saw an older Biachi at good will off Llamar in Austin the current bid was $250 a couple of weeks ago, it had a extra set of wheels also. Nce looking bike.
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So I checked out the bike, the frame had the "Made in Italy" sticker by the crank, but the components and crank were all Shimano 600, exposed cables, leading me to believe that they had been changed. I couldn't see the serial number on the frame. Does that make it more or less valuable?

The fellow selling it seemed to think he was going to sell it for 300 tonight, I offered 200 and he didn't even counter, saying he had other interested parties. I told him to call me if he still has it tomorrow. Was saying a lot of stuff I knew to be untrue ("my friend paid over 1000 for it brand new") to get the sale.. someone in Vegas will probably buy it, bikes are not very common around here.
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Old 07-26-11, 07:20 PM
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Even IF he paid over 1000 for it brand new, the shop might sell if new for $800 if they still had it a year later. Then if it sold used a year after that, it would be worth $400-600. It is now a quarter of a century later - initial purchase price is irrelevant.
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did it actually say Sport SX on it? the seller may be mistaken if he found a pic of blaxk Sport SX online and just assumed that is what he had. it could be a '86 LImited.

if that is the case the asking price may be OK
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Originally Posted by KOBE View Post
That looks like a 64cm frame, you should be at least 6' tall to ride it.

Do you know what the components are. It probably has Suntour Arx levers derailleurs and Dia compe brakes. I had one in this size I sold last year for $225, it was in great shape. Start deducting from there depending on what it needs.

Not true i'm 6'1 and i'm on a 69 cm fuji sports 12 and it's not that bad i actually really enjoy it. it's made for somebody that''s like 6'8
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
did it actually say Sport SX on it? the seller may be mistaken if he found a pic of blaxk Sport SX online and just assumed that is what he had. it could be a '86 LImited.

if that is the case the asking price may be OK
I have had a couple of Bianchi Limited bikes go through my hands and this looks like one. The Shimano 600 bits is what both of them had as well. Very nice bike and if it's in really good shape it would be a $300+ bike where I live.
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Old 07-27-11, 09:56 AM
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It didn't actually say Sport SX on it, I was assuming by the appearance. But if the Shimano 600 components are indicative of a Limited 86' then that's definitely what this is. It's in pretty good shape. No straps on the pedals anymore. He didn't sell it and actually dropped the price a bit (280) so maybe I'll pick it up.
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Old 07-28-11, 08:33 AM
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Well, I'm getting it tonight for $250! Hooray for me. How do I get my welcome packet for the Bianchi club?
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Old 07-28-11, 03:27 PM
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Well, I'm getting it tonight for $250! Hooray for me. How do I get my welcome packet for the Bianchi club?
Congrats!!! post some pics so we can try and figure out what it is.
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Okay! So I finally picked it up for $250.

It's definitely a Bianchi Limited by the decals... 62cm frame. Not sure on the year yet. Shimano 600 groupset, DT shifters also marked as Shimano 600, as well as brakes marked as Shimano 600. Black frame with red decals (redblack is my favorite color). Seat appears to be the only thing unoriginal on this bike, "Vetta Comfort Flex". Columbus, so it's an Italian frame. Rims read "MAVIC Module E-2 (Made in France)"

Bits of scratches on the paint around some areas of the bike, decals are in mostly decent condition. What's the best way to touch up paint on these bikes?

Here's a link to the album: https://imgur.com/a/KYJXf

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it looks great and will be an excellent riding bike. the Bianchi Special tubing by Columbus makes it an '85.
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As far as what to do about cleaning up the frame I would suggest you strip ALL of the components off and use polishing compound. You would be surprised how the minor scratches and gunk goes away. That is if you have the tools and know how to do that but it really make s a difference to have a bare frame to work on.

If you need to touch up well black is about as easy as it gets. There are plenty of threads on that. I use Testors model paint. $1.50 for an ounce.

While the bits are off the bike polish them up. Never dull for anodized parts and Mothers for bare aluminum, IMO. Those Module E rims will shine like the sun with Mothers and a bit of elbow grease. I soak things like chain rings in a Simple Green solution.

Have fun and enjoy the bike. It should clean up real nice.
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Any recommendations for tires? These ones are looking a little beat. Just ordered tape to replace the ugly stuff that's on there. How hard is it to find black brake hoods for the Shimano 600?
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myself and alot of the others here like the Pannaracer pasela tires. I like the oldfashioned tan 'skinwall' and the performance is good too.

I don't know about all those rubbing compounds, my understanding is if your not careful you can really damage the paint. I just clean the frame (with everything off) and use turtle wax.

what is so bad about the tape?



I think this is the first bike I ever used this kind of tape on but I think it works well. OH yes this a '87 Sport SX with some minor changes.

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Haha! The tape looks much better when fresh it seems. The red is really faded on mine. I'm getting some solid red so it pops a bit more.

I think the intent with the rubbing compounds is to just polish the aluminum parts. I'll use the Testor's enamel to touch up the scratches, probably wet sand between coats.

Where did you get those sweet red bottle holders?
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I got them a small shop out in the middle of nowhere run my a Amish or Menonite Gentleman. they are Zefal and I wish I had gotten more red ones and some blue ones too.

I seldome polish my alloy parts, except for the occasional seatpost. I am always afraid of removeing or screwing up the anodizing they put on parts. I normally get decent results with a good cleaning with simple green.

All tape especially cork looks better fresh.
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Turtle Wax polishing compound is made for automobile paint. It works great on bicycle paint. If you were to use RUBBING compound on paint you "could" go too far and take the paint off.
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Bianchigirll: For your Sport SX, what brand and where did you get the brake cable housing you're using? I'm kinda new to this, and I'd like to replace it on my limited but don't know where to start.
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they are Jagwire DIY sets. I got off ebay from India or Thialand or someplace like that. other than coming in a big ziplock bag rather than the cardboard wrapper they seem to be the real deal
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Cool, thanks! I'm in the process of ripping the bike apart right now didn't see that the delivery time was like 3 weeks.. hahah oh well. Will be the last finishing touch I guess. Thanks
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Here are the new pictures!
https://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ly-refurbished.
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