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Bianchi Super Corsa 1980 - my Holy Grail find

Old 06-13-15, 12:16 AM
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If you need schooling on the tubies, maybe someone local to you could help you out.
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Reviving an older thread to say congrats on your 1980 Bianchi SC -- and ask a question.

I also have one from the same year, but it lacked some of the original components when I got it. I’ve been slowly sourcing those components, to bring it back. Almost there -- and it's great to see your bike, as a reference point. If you don't mind sharing, what's the spacing of the rear dropouts -- is it 130mm?

It's 130mm on mine, and I think this was factory spec. But I'd like to have this corroborated.

Thanks in advance for any info. you're willing to offer.

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Congratulations on finding such a nice machine! It's one month older than I am.
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Old 09-02-15, 02:27 AM
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Originally Posted by ItsTimeToBike View Post
Hello all - I wanted to share my holy grail find.

This is one of four bikes I brought home from estate items being sold. It wasn't until I had time to check them out closer that I realized this one was very special. My favorite era of bikes, my size, favorite color, and just happens to be the top of the line.

The bike had been owned by a gentleman who was a true rider into his late eighties and had 25 bikes in one apartment(?!). I suspect he was like many of us who are on the look-out for an addition to the herd and let me tell you he had discerning taste in bikes. One apparent habit I have had to deal with is his liberal application of wax lube - likely more eager to ride than to clean a bike. I can't fault him for that. I developed a kinship for him after his family member told me some stories about his love for biking. No work done on it yet other than to check tubulars for possible use (rear is Galli Top Pro, and front is Mavic OR 7). It's my first experience with tubulars and need to be schooled. It appears the tires would hold strong for the duration of a ride but I am hesitant. A full detail is needed before any riding - but I sort of hate to clean it...kinda like how an old antique looses its value once its refinished. How many Super Corsa's are out there with genuine road grime and sweat marks from real road use...so I wanted to take some shots and share them and celebrate the previous owner's love for bikes. As far as I can tell it's all original CR including hubs, pedals, and leather laced bars, although not sure about the rear rim. The Serial # is 8546. I'd love to hear from anyone that cares to comment on the bike and any specific or trivial info on the particular model/year.

on my list as well, damn your eyes! Very cool! If the tires have latex tubes & they are old, you may not get more than a couple blocks away before they flat. Those latex tubes are like rubber bands. You know what happens when you stretch an old rubber band. Crumbles.
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Wow so cool great bike!!!
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Old 09-02-15, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by redoray View Post
Reviving an older thread to say congrats on your 1980 Bianchi SC -- and ask a question.

I also have one from the same year, but it lacked some of the original components when I got it. Iíve been slowly sourcing those components, to bring it back. Almost there -- and it's great to see your bike, as a reference point. If you don't mind sharing, what's the spacing of the rear dropouts -- is it 130mm?

It's 130mm on mine, and I think this was factory spec. But I'd like to have this corroborated.

Thanks in advance for any info. you're willing to offer.
Are you sure about the 130mm being factory spec? My 1981 Campione d'Italia definitely has 126mm OLD and came with a standard-spaced 6-speed Regina America freewheel on Ofmega hubs.
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Old 09-02-15, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by McBTC View Post
Downtube Campy friction shifters always worked well for me (for years, on tours, for transportation, day rides, all with a 5-speed hub and triple)...
Yup -- I have them on 3 of my 4 road bikes.
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Originally Posted by KonAaron Snake View Post
I don't normally care for Bianchi ...
Them's fightin' words, but I am admittedly biased.
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Old 09-02-15, 03:45 PM
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Originally Posted by redoray View Post
Reviving an older thread to say congrats on your 1980 Bianchi SC -- and ask a question.

I also have one from the same year, but it lacked some of the original components when I got it. Iíve been slowly sourcing those components, to bring it back. Almost there -- and it's great to see your bike, as a reference point. If you don't mind sharing, what's the spacing of the rear dropouts -- is it 130mm?

It's 130mm on mine, and I think this was factory spec. But I'd like to have this corroborated.

Thanks in advance for any info. you're willing to offer.
redoray - I'm confirming the rear dropout spacing IS 130mm. Glad my all original Bianchi Super Corsa (except t.t.t. Competition saddle) was helpful as a reference point for your restoration. Hope to see some pics!!
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1980 Bianchi Super Corsa rear frame spacing - thanks!

Thanks, @ItsTimeToBike! Another BikeForums member noted details about the rear spacing a while back. The 1981 Bianchi catalog also shows that the Super Corsa (and Super Leggera) were spaced for a 6-speed cassettes ó and factoring in the spacing for the Portacatena on the Super Corsa, the 130mm spacing-as-original has been plausible to me. But I've always wanted to 100% confirm this.
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Oops, meant to include: based on that '81 catalog, the 3TTT Competizione saddle would've originally been on the bike.
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Oops, meant to include: based on that '81 catalog, the 3TTT Competizione saddle would've originally been on the bike.
Yes - meant to say I was lacking the 3TTT Competizione saddle so will be purchasing one eventually.
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Quoting myself from an old, but now possibly revived thread;
"I promise to post some pics of her "coming out squeaky clean party" - will be some time before that though".

Not much has changed with the Bianchi Super Corsa that was pictured in the Sept. 2015 thread, other than a lot of grease and dirt has been removed. It was just a simple cleaning of the bike, otherwise leaving it as unmolested. No disassembly was done. Although it was quite dirty, it became apparent that the bike had been otherwise very well cared for, and I'm pleased with the results. I'll let the next owner enjoy proper restore. Once cleaned this week, I aired up the tubulars to 100lb. and took it for a cautious but spirited ride in the neighborhood. As promised almost 7 years ago - here are some pictures. I need to take some with a blank background. It's a pretty special bike and happy to share it.

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Aha -- the porta catena takes up the extra 4 mm. I get the 130mm OLD w/ 6 speeds.
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Aha -- the porta catena takes up the extra 4 mm. I get the 130mm OLD w/ 6 speeds.
haha yep, I can just imagine dealing with the 130mm spacing mystery on the Super Corsa if they don't have the complete original bike. Apparently its not well known that they indeed are 130mm spacing for this cool chain hanger. Some even try to explain it by claiming the rear stays were cold set spread. Did you run into this while working with a bike or wheel?

It was fun utilizing the porta catena while I had the wheel off for inspection and some minor cleaning - beats using a braze-on chain post hanger. I can see why some racers liked it for quick tire or wheel replacement. Wow those close-ups show the potential to make this really shine if it was really detailed properly.
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This is wonderful, so cool, great score.

Looks like the milled calipers wandered off if it had them, is the SP panto and are you going to turn the HS spacer right side up?
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I hope the janky looking seatcover on the OP's Bianchi had been thrown as far away from the beautiful bike......

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Weird thing about the Portecatana is it looks like it was never installed or used on the many bikes I saw with the drilled rear dropout. Maybe racers and mechanics just saw it as a bit of added weight?....
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