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Old 05-09-12, 10:49 AM
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yer, it looks like there is quite a bit of surface rust, so I might get some framesaver (or some other rust cure/prevention) and have a go with that in a couple of weeks once I know the bike is running fine.

I absolutely got lucky. I will probably end up spending a little more than the bike is worth, but I think the experience is worth it and it will still be a cheap bike for me, and I know that the major components are ok. There is value in that.
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Old 05-09-12, 02:04 PM
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BB bearings repacked.
Wow, it does look great, surprising considering all the rust on the outside. Great, you have a nice frame in which to restore. There is a place called Velocals that sells thin self adhesive vinyl exact reproduction decals for almost any vintage road bike, if interested see: https://www.velocals.com/servlet/the-...990/Categories If you do a total repaint these decals can be clear coated over.
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Old 05-09-12, 02:43 PM
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I'm tempted to do the frame, but I will probably wait a little while and see how I get on with the bike first.
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Old 05-09-12, 02:46 PM
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It took a bit of effort to get the stem out, but not too bad, just had to twist them out. Here is the inside, and the forks. Again, pretty clean, although the pictures are rubbish so it's a bit difficult to tell




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Old 05-10-12, 02:18 AM
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One thing I forgot to mention, since you have the fork and the BB out you might as well treat the inside of the frame with Wiggles Frame Saver, it's cheap protection against internal rust.
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Old 05-10-12, 05:41 AM
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Great pics and thread. I never remember to take pics during a project. I would ask at the bike to run a threading die over the steerer to clean up the threads and see if they have a flex hone to clean the inside of the steerer. I use a brake cylinder hone for that so if the shop doesn't have one maybe one of your buddies who tinkers with Morgans and Minis has one.
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Old 05-10-12, 09:11 AM
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I'm glad there are a few of you following, I have only just started to take pictures. A lot of these pictures were taken so I would have a reference, I've never really worked on a bike and it's really easy to forget which way things are meant to fit!

I had hoped I might get a chance to give the bike a bit of a test ride today, however, a couple of things stopped that. Unfortunately the suntour front mech is a 'reverse action' one, and therefore needs a cable stop on the frame which I don't have. Luckily the front simplex I have is functioning ok, but still a bit of a shame. The back one went on fine.

When i was fitting the chain (or about to) I noticed that the rear cassette is not free wheeling - damn! I can't believe I didn't notice, it didn't even occur to me until I was putting the chain on.

I did however buy a box of bits an a car boot sale this morning that has, would you believe it, a regina corsa 5 speed in it.

The original looks pretty tired, how do you remove these things?


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Old 05-15-12, 08:11 AM
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I actually managed to ride it today! only took it round the block, as the brake pads are absolutely dead - squeaking like hell and not doing much. I have a new saddle on the way (charge spoon in white) and white bar tape to go on, also need to polish up the brake levers. Basically however, the bike is sorted. In the end I put a new shimano free wheel on - people might groan but this bike was thrown away two weeks a go, so I'm not bothered.

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Old 05-15-12, 11:27 AM
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I am glad to hear you don't sound too discouraged. the first bike or two is always a steep learning curve.

Freewheels come off with a special tool something like a socket with teeth sticking out the end. Everybrand has their own style of tool unfortunately. Most suntours look like this with 2 or 4 teeth and need a big adjustable wrench or a benchvise to get them off.




Reginas like the one you bought use a simlar design but the size is different. Personally I do not think I would use that Regina FW it looks like it is already broken where the tool would push to remove it.

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Old 05-15-12, 11:52 AM
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I didn't use it, for exactly that reason. I didn't notice immediately. Now the Shimano one is on there it will stay on there I think, no reason to take it off.

I've got some campag mirage calipers on the way now, (although the fella can't post them for a week or two) so that will cure the brake squeal.
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Old 05-15-12, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by gregs656 View Post
I actually managed to ride it today! only took it round the block, as the brake pads are absolutely dead - squeaking like hell and not doing much. I have a new saddle on the way (charge spoon in white) and white bar tape to go on, also need to polish up the brake levers. Basically however, the bike is sorted. In the end I put a new shimano free wheel on - people might groan but this bike was thrown away two weeks a go, so I'm not bothered.

Put some bar tape on it and you've got a really fine looking bike. I would make sure that the brake levers are installed correctly. It appears that they're a little high up on the curve of the bar. If I were you, I would take a straight edge and line up the flat portion at the bottom of the bars with the bottom tip of the brake levers. Most people do that, it gives you good power and optimum reach.
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That's a good tip, I wasn't sure quite where to put them so took a bit of a punt. Bar tape will go on once I am happy with the set up - it will probably be the last thing I do. I would like to get some white hoods first also.
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Old 05-16-12, 04:05 AM
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That's a good tip, I wasn't sure quite where to put them so took a bit of a punt. Bar tape will go on once I am happy with the set up - it will probably be the last thing I do. I would like to get some white hoods first also.
White bar tape obviously. Bar tape is relatively inexpensive, and if your not sure how to wrap your bars simply get on You Tube and watch videos on how to do it. You Tube is a great source for how to videos on anything you want to know how to fix a bike related. White bar tape and white hoods are do get dirty fast, but 409 works really good at cleaning cork and synthetic bar tape.
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Old 05-16-12, 12:17 PM
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Got the new saddle on today, and the new quick release skewers (can't see them though). Really like the saddle.



Am glad I took a punt on this bike.
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Old 05-16-12, 12:24 PM
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Originally Posted by lostarchitect View Post
This looks a little bit low quality for a Bianchi, doesn't it? Maybe something else painted to look like a Bianchi?
Bianchi was (or is) a HUGE company. At the same time that they were making top of the line racing bikes for the likes of Coppi or Pantani, they were also turning out a lot of "gas pipe" Huffy-type bikes. A lot of Italian bike companies did the same.
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Old 05-16-12, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by gregs656 View Post
I actually managed to ride it today! only took it round the block, as the brake pads are absolutely dead - squeaking like hell and not doing much. I have a new saddle on the way (charge spoon in white) and white bar tape to go on, also need to polish up the brake levers. Basically however, the bike is sorted. In the end I put a new shimano free wheel on - people might groan but this bike was thrown away two weeks a go, so I'm not bothered.

That looks really nice...what a difference a little elbow grease can make.

Now, get on over to Surrey and ride it up Box Hill a couple of times.
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