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Old 02-20-15, 03:49 PM
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Bianchi Piaggio Vespa frame - value?

A collegue gave me this frame.
1979, made in Italy.
Any idea of the components used on it, in case of a rebuilding?
Should I powder the frame? I have no idea what should I do with the frame.




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Old 02-20-15, 03:52 PM
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Not sure on frame...but...don't Powder Coat it!!!!
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It's not a particularly high-end frame. Components could be whatever you like, just make it functional and nice looking. I suspect someone added the Vespa sticker. Piaggio owned Bianchi and Vespa, but I don't know why they'd put a Vespa sticker on a Bianchi.

Make sure nothing's bent before you start building. A missing fork can sometimes be a bad sign.
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I agree not really a highend frame. If you really want to build it up your best bet is too look for huge, 25" or bigger, framed bike with 27" wheels. Then just transfer all the parts.


I think some bikes had these Piaggio head badges but I don't know exactly why.
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OK, why big frame? I have some extra parts, including wheels.
Also I have a 26" Schwinn something. The frame is all chips and rust.
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[QUOTE=marius.suiram;17571546]OK, why big frame?/QUOTE]

Because some forum members think they are cheaper to buy, due to the limited market, than regular and small sized bikes.

I love mixtes, but that bike is seriously cosmetically challenged and a repaint is in order. Personally, I would donate that to the local coop.

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Old 02-20-15, 06:00 PM
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I agree it is not a highend frame. But I can do a powder coating for 40$, I have a fork, wheels and the rest of parts. I can put it on road again.
The only problem: the decals...
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
I've never seen one with the Vespa name (wasp in l'Italiano) but Piaggio was the parent company of both for a period, maybe still are, but I'm obviously no expert. So what I do know is that for a while after Piaggio made the acquisition there were Piaggio labels on all the Bianchis, from the top models down to the gaspipes, seems to show up around 1980 and then...vanished...either they divested or didn't feel the need for corporate endorsement after a while.
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how old is that quote of mine?^ sometimes so much time has passed I don't even recognize the thoughts as coming from my own brain...but, now I HAVE seem a Bianchi with both a Piaggio decal (nothing unusual) AND a Vespa decal (very unusual)...this is the first one.
If BG doesn't know about this then it's a bigger Bianchi mystery than most!
Unless somebody just stuck a scooter decal on a bike frame.
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Originally Posted by unworthy1 View Post
how old is that quote of mine?^
...2007. Pull yourself together, man. People are counting on you.
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To the OP, what are your plans for this? If your looking to build a rider for yourself or a friend sure go at it. Decals can be had on ebay but just make sure you put the correct decals on and nothing extra. If your thinking you can powder coat this and build it and sell it for a tonne of money despite all your hard work and love lavished on this bike you may be disappointed.


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how old is that quote of mine?^ sometimes so much time has passed I don't even recognize the thoughts as coming from my own brain...but, now I HAVE seem a Bianchi with both a Piaggio decal (nothing unusual) AND a Vespa decal (very unusual)...this is the first one.
If BG doesn't know about this then it's a bigger Bianchi mystery than most!
Unless somebody just stuck a scooter decal on a bike frame.
Yes this is just a little early for me. My '80 pamphlet and '81-83 catalogs actually say 'Vespa of America' on the back cover and have the Piaggio logo as well. As to why they have Piaggio headbadges.... I have no clue.
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Oh, sorry. I thought you are telling me not to buy (take) it.
You are telling me that the co-op takes frames. What are they doing with them? Are they recycle them or build?
I have some prewar, postwar girls frames with no use.
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I am selling used bikes, I know it doesn't worth to build the bike to resell.
The powder coating is 40, the decals probably another 40 on "velocals", maybe ebay is cheaper.
The bike complete, probably doesn't sell more than 120.
I thought, maybe the frame is something special, probably not. I will keep it anyway.
I have other junk to throw away before this.
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Originally Posted by marius.suiram View Post
Oh, sorry. I thought you are telling me not to buy (take) it.
You are telling me that the co-op takes frames. What are they doing with them? Are they recycle them or build?
I have some prewar, postwar girls frames with no use.
Depending on the frame and condition, some are rebuilt and some are sold to the recycler. I donated the cosmetically battle scarred high tensile Centurion Lemans frame and fork below to the Hub of Detroit Bike Coop, which I thought they'd scrap, but low and behold, it was rebuilt with new rims and had a $350 price tag on it. It must have sold because it was gone a month later.

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