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Looking to revamp a 1987 Bianchi Brava Bike Help,Thoughts and input PLEASE!

Old 07-09-13, 10:07 PM
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Looking to revamp a 1987 Bianchi Brava Bike Help,Thoughts and input PLEASE!

Hi guys I'm going off to college and was given my dads old bianchi bike...after doing quite a bit of research and calling Bianchi USA I've come to the conclusion that this is a Black 1987 Bianchi Brava...The frame was made in Italy according to Bianchi, but everything else on the bike is Shimano 105..I just got it fixed up and in perfect working condition. The only problem is that I'm sort of OCD on some things and their are a few minor scratches on the decals and need some touch up paint;however, Bianchi doesnt make these decals and neither do my local bike shops..Below are pictures of my bike..I really want to work on the minor details,paint and decals, even if it cost more money than the bike JUST WHERE OR HOW DO I GET IT!!..Also if people have any input or reviews on this bike that be great!. Also whats with the petals are they interlaced with the metal...difficult getting tennis shoes in...is it work getting bike shoes??


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Old 07-09-13, 10:09 PM
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sorry about the multiple image problem new to these forms hope it isn't to big of an inconvenience.
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Old 07-09-13, 10:12 PM
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That Bianchi is likely close to 100 percent Japanese, as the tubeset is Tange. Try velocals for the decals. You may need larger toeclips.
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Old 07-09-13, 10:15 PM
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I called up Bianchi USA and gave them pictures and the serial number and they said "the frame was made in Italy"...also its 61 cm
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Im mainly just trying to find the decals and right touch up paint for the bike...Velocals doesn't carry this decal..
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I don't know who you talked to at Bianchi the '87 Brava is definitely a Japanese built bike. It switched back and forth between Japan and Italy for a few years in the late '80s but this one comes from Japan. Also Bianchi stupidly does little to help fans of their older bikes in the way of decals, saddles and cables etc.

As for this bike... the pics aren't the greatest but it looks in great shape. Your best bet for touchup is auto touch up or model paints. I believe Velocals will make decals but it can take some time. Look on ebay there is a guy from Australia who sells Bianchi decals he might make something for you too.

If your taking this bike to college unless you intend to schlepp it up to your room (thus annoying your roommate) it is likely to see a lot more scratches from life in the bikes racks and being locked to poles, banisters etc.

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I see the big Bianchi frame decals on velocals, in any color you want.
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Larger clips for those pedals have been out of production for 15 years, and are near unobtainium. Best bet is to replace the pedals (buy a set that comes with clips). Don't toss those original pedals, they have some value (not tons) on ebay.

You can occasionally find larger clips on ebay, they often go fairly high. Be sure to get the XL size, as the large size is smallish IMHO.

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Old 07-10-13, 10:30 AM
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is this bad that it was made in japan....it was still designed and made at the same standards right?? thoughts? also does anyone know what color are my decals??
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Nothing wrong with made in Japan, just not a rare one.

Take the bike outside and reshoot some sharp clear photos, then someone can help with decal color.
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Will do....See I live in Chicago and I'm going to school here this bike I want to use on the lakefront paths and commute will this suffice? I'm going to an auto body shop to get exact paint and to touch it uppp
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