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Help identifying Bianchi (80s?)

Old 03-12-13, 12:23 PM
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Help identifying Bianchi (80s?)

Before I start, excuse any inexperience, I am not just a newbie to the forum but also just starting to get into bikes.

So, as my first venture I spotted the following bike on craigslist. It's a Bianchi, I am guessing 80's, however I am not sure. I figured if I spent enough time researching I would likely stumble upon something definite. Reality was the more I searched, the less I knew.

All I found was one similar paint job referred to as Brilliant Black and a seemingly similar frame structure on a catalog display of an 85 Eco Pista.

Parts I can plainly identify are primarily Shimano, Z-series (Z401 Shifters, Z30 BL's), Silstar Crank, Viscount 2200 saddle. Which, from what I've gathered were found on base models. Taking this into consideration I wonder if it's a "knock-off" cheaper production frame of the one noted above. Tire size is 27 1 1/4 and unsure on the frame size, but it's considerably large. I took a few pics, but not of anything specific. I can provide more if needed.

https://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/...r/IMG_1992.jpg
https://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/...r/IMG_1993.jpg
https://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/...r/IMG_2001.jpg
https://i1198.photobucket.com/albums/...r/IMG_1994.jpg

I am curious about the value, for knowing what's fair for purchase. More importantly I'm interested about knowing about the bike in general; year, frame, etc. Unfortunately, the owner didn't know anything.

Thanks in advance all, anything info will be greatly appreciated!
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Old 03-12-13, 04:45 PM
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Bianchi did make bikes like this, and this one looks real, but it is a very basic low end bike. It would make a good rider but has little collector value. I would say the value on this would be $100 max, although maybe a bit more if you fool someone with the Bianchi name.
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Old 03-12-13, 06:26 PM
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Near as I can tell it is an '84 Strada. Made somewhere in the Orient w/ a HiTensile steel frame.

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+1, circa 1984-1985 Bianchi Strada with hi-tensile steel Japanese manufactured frame, Shimano Z-series derailleurs (Z501 rear & Z202 front) and brakes, inexpensive swaged crankset with stamped steel chainrings and what appear to be 27" steel rims laced to steel hubs. In ready to ride condition, in an average market, about $125. If you get it, I can tell you the exact model year via the serial number.

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Old 03-14-13, 12:44 PM
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Wonderful, thanks! I actually picked it up for $40 so, regardless of the value I am happy. Replies certainly gave me a good amount to begin to educate myself, that's pretty exciting. The number under the bottom bracket is 41124279. While I would assume this is the serial number, I feel like they usually have a couple letters thrown in? I could be mistaken.
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Old 03-14-13, 04:07 PM
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This is not the typical serial number for a Japanese built Bianchi. Normally it would have a prefix with two letters. Nor is it their typical serial number format for an Italian built model. Given the era and level, it's almost certainly an Asian built model and my educated guess based on the serial number would be a 1985 model built in very late 1984.
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once had the opportunity to examine the fork from one of the japanese built bianchis of this period. its steerer was stamped with the bridgestone keystone logo which made me think the bikes were bridgestone built. have no hard information, just this observation.
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Originally Posted by juvela View Post
once had the opportunity to examine the fork from one of the japanese built bianchis of this period. its steerer was stamped with the bridgestone keystone logo which made me think the bikes were bridgestone built. have no hard information, just this observation.

FWIW, so far, I haven't seen any Japanese made Bianchi with a Bridgestone serial number format. The vast majority come from one supplier, who I have been unable identify. However, they did periodically outsource to various other contractors, so a Bridgestone manufactured fork would not surprise me.
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Originally Posted by T-Mar View Post
FWIW, so far, I haven't seen any Japanese made Bianchi with a Bridgestone serial number format. The vast majority come from one supplier, who I have been unable identify. However, they did periodically outsource to various other contractors, so a Bridgestone manufactured fork would not surprise me.
another possibility i should have mentioned is that tube set may have been manufactured for bridgestone but ended up being used by another manufacturer.
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