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Identify this Bianchi! (Worth it?)

Old 09-03-13, 12:21 AM
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Identify this Bianchi! (Worth it?)

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/csd/bik/4042358228.html
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Old 09-03-13, 12:50 AM
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Okay, time for yohoooniee to do some homework. We love bikes, that's why we're here. We love to share our knowledge and opinions too. But IMO, we're not here to evaluate every Southern Cal bike on Craigslist under $300 with you.

I suggest you soak up the wisdom and tips at Randyjawa's site mytenspeeds.com. Also, bone up on bike sizing under the frame fitting thread on this site. Finally, learn to recognize what a 56-58cm frame looks like by studying the photos on CL. Mostly, it's looking at steering headtube length at the photos. The above bike has a very short headtube, with little or no space between the top tube and the downtube. The 912 you're looking at has an elongated steering headtube.

You can spot what's best for you quicker and get a better deal!

edit: BTW, the Bianchi is too small, about a 50cm frame

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Old 09-03-13, 05:44 AM
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What oddjob said. Learn to identify your size first. That eliminates one batch of bikes. Then get a feeling for quality, that eliminates a second batch. Look for clues that indicate the bike either needs a lot of work or is damaged. There goes a third batch. It'll take you awhile to get this info in your head, a couple weeks lurking here should do it.

Then you'll at least have an idea what constitutes a deal. Those you have to hop right on, before posting here to ask. If you do, the bike will be gone, likely before you get any replies here.

In your price range (200-300$) bikes tend to sit on my local craigslist, even when fairly priced. Your craigslist may have a different point at which sales slow down. But sellers also regularly post bikes way overpriced, so you have to learn to eliminate those offerings.

The Bianchi doesn't seem too bad, but I for one would want to know more about the frame. It looks like one of the Asian made Bianchis to me, and I would want to know the frame material. It also looks like it needs work (check RD cable, for example). Based on what I can see, I'd knock a minimum of 50$ off the price, maybe more after examination.
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In a way I agree with the others endless posting of various bikes can be a bit tiring.

As for this bike it appears to be a '83 Limited and in that market, looks to be an ok buy if it fits, that looks like a pretty small frame.

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Old 09-03-13, 06:47 AM
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Poor pics but it appears to be a very early 1980s, Japanese built, Bianchi Limited. Pics are too poor to make a valid appraisal.
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Old 09-07-13, 05:02 AM
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Originally Posted by oddjob2 View Post
Okay, time for yohoooniee to do some homework. We love bikes, that's why we're here. We love to share our knowledge and opinions too. But IMO, we're not here to evaluate every Southern Cal bike on Craigslist under $300 with you.

I suggest you soak up the wisdom and tips at Randyjawa's site mytenspeeds.com. Also, bone up on bike sizing under the frame fitting thread on this site. Finally, learn to recognize what a 56-58cm frame looks like by studying the photos on CL. Mostly, it's looking at steering headtube length at the photos. The above bike has a very short headtube, with little or no space between the top tube and the downtube. The 912 you're looking at has an elongated steering headtube.

You can spot what's best for you quicker and get a better deal!

edit: BTW, the Bianchi is too small, about a 50cm frame
xD sorry I've been spamming the threads oddjob. thanks for the advice though, I really mean it-- I've been looking through the site you provided and been learning a lot heh, I guess I got caught up in the excitement of purchasing my first bike that I forgot proper etiquette.

I'm hopefully going to check out that 912 by Monday, but I may check this out as well on Sunday

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/nsd/bik/4051159640.html

I tried to do some research on the model and find some information but I'm not too certain! It certainly seems like a snazzy deal, unless I'm horribly and naively mistaken haha. Size may be too big for me, but I think it was you who said that you typically ride larger because you like the feel? Hell, might as well check it out-- why not right?

Anyways thanks though, especially for your patience
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