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Old 05-29-15, 10:14 PM
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Vintage Road Bike........not sure what it is.

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https://www.flickr.com/gp/131255279@N05/9zw0Tb

Spoke briefly Randy at mytenspeeds.com, first impressions is I may have a 50's Bianchi on my hands, thoughts?

Much thanks for any and all input.

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could be, maybe just a bit later than '50s...interesting for sure!
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Nice looking bike, but the components are all over the map in age, ranging from early 60s to late 80s. That the frame appears to have 1010A dropouts (there isn't a hole for a "Sport" derailleur spring, is there?) would suggest it is from the late 70s at the newest, and could be older than that.
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Thanks JD. There are a few componets missing, when my father bought it for me 30 years ago it came with Fiamme rims, which we changed out, prob in trash now along with toe clips, and hand pump. Not to mention it was resparayed that pearl silver 20 years ago, and i cant for the life of me remember any name or decals. It has taken me on treks from Hamilton to Niagara Falls, and everywhere in between! Such a smooth riding bike. Love these old racers!!
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Any ideas what could the Diamond indents in the rear drop out be....? Oh, and The markings on the frame, one simple indent "strada" and the letter L on the bottom, and 172 near to the seat stem.
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Any ideas what could the Diamond indents in the rear drop out be....? Oh, and The markings on the frame, one simple indent "strada" and the letter L on the bottom, and 172 near to the seat stem.
If it is a Bianchi which seems to me it is (but no expert so best to wait for others to respond) 172 could mean production month 01 of year 1972.
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more guesses from me, but I think by '72 Bianchi would have used a common headset (Campy or otherwise) and not one of these with "integrated cups". I'm also baffled by the markings on the (1010A) Campy dropouts since they appear to be only along the top edge and in a straight line, so not what you'd expect to be from indents from the knurling of the round QR skewer nut. Hard to get a good fix on the date but maybe a better qualified expert can decipher these clues. I'd say the headset style combined with fork and dropouts could narrow it down.
Were the headlugs and/or seat lug chrome-plated before you had it re-sprayed?
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