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IDing a Mid 80s Bianchi

Old 03-04-12, 04:49 AM
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IDing a Mid 80s Bianchi

guy claims it's a 87 Pista, so since it's obviously not a Pista, the year could be 15 years off for all I know too. I looked through the 83-87 catalogs and it seems like the super leggera (and I think the brava) were the only ones being produced in black? but I couldn't find one in this colorway regardless.

IDing and Appraising would be much appreciated


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It looks to me like you have one of Bianchi's entry level models. High tensile steel, pressed steel drop outs and low end components. All in all, not a very special bicycle. However...

Depending on price, it could be a fun bicycle to own and ride, but ride quality will never be all that great. Now, how much is it worth?

Determining Vintage Bicycle Value is a tricky business, at best, and often times depends on things that have nothing to do with the bicycle itself. Location, size, condition and the economy will all help to dictate final value. So, too, will your marketing skills have a great deal to do with how much the bike will fetch.

In my buy it now book, that Bianchi would fetch no more than fifty dollars. In my Sell It Now Book I would expect to get a minimum of $150.00, and that is assuming the bicycle is in very good to excellent condition.

Determining your bicycle's approximate vintage is very easy, most times. Have a look through How Old Is My Bike? and apply some of the information contained there. In short order, you will know what year your bicycle was made.

Hope this was a help.
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Claw derailleur hanger, stem shifters = entry level, or near entry level. QR front wheel, alloy rims and 3 piece alloy crankset are a plus. But Randy is right, most likely a high ten steel (heavy) frame.
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Old 03-04-12, 07:21 AM
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There is no way that is a Super Leggera nor a Brava. What it appears to be is a '85 Strada, with a crank upgrade, but without more information it is hard to say for sure. If it is ready to ride and needs no work or parts for the forseeable future $100 may be a good price for it.

You only looked at the color of the bikes? There are a few other models that came in black as well.
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I wouldn't pay more than $75, especially with that awful saddle. Nice forged crankset though, this would be a good SS/FG conversion if you wanted to go that route (strip off all the bottom barrel components.)
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in my defense I was browsing the catalogs at almost 5am!

I figured it was entry level, just from a quick glance at it, but being unable to find 'black' in the "colors available" section of these catalogs was proving difficult, at least while sleep deprived.

I can tell the bike is too small for me just from the HT, was just looking for a beater I can take to sxsw, which I may still do. Problem is that everyone here thinks that if it says bianchi on it then it's worth at least 200.

thanks guys, this was all I had on 1985, https://www.bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalogs/Bianchi-85/

would explain why I didn't see it
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he also said the "parts" are "shimonoseki"
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he also said the "parts" are "shimonoseki"
AH the Uber Rare Polish manufactured shimano products. For some reason whoever scanned he catalogs at Bulgier only scanned the top 4 or 5 bikes and didn't bother with the rest.
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