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Bianchi Super Corsa 1980 - my Holy Grail find

Old 06-11-15, 08:48 PM
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Bianchi Super Corsa 1980 - my Holy Grail find

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.

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Old 06-11-15, 08:59 PM
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Beautiful bike. What is under that seat cushion?
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Looks like a great example. Check the pedal axles and hub axles. They could be Ti Super Record. Original freewheel was alloy, but looks like that has been changed along the way? Never saw one with the portacatena shifter before. But seeing as it's cut out to match I'm guessing it is original? Really cool.
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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)...
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Let me reply by respectfully asking - what SHOULD be under the saddle cover?

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What a gem! Congrats and a super find and looks like it has found a nice home. Pale green with envy :-$
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Portacatena...good eye on that - I hadn't even noticed. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!! And I guess the levers are milled out Campagnolo with the trip lever.
I learned something new through your mention and this link, that the Portacatena is rare: https://www.classiclightweights.co.uk...tena-comp.html

I'll have to check for the Ti on the pedals, and regarding the freewheel - will have to clean it up to see.

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I grew up with friction shifting and always prefer it as well...and compared to indexing it brings you closer with the bike (although hadn't had the luxury of Campy). Like it even more as barcons lately.
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My comment is: wow, what a beauty!
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Very cool bike; great find. Love it all except that goofy seat cover That panto/drillium thing going on with the brake levers is pretty sweet and period-perfect. I'm a total sucker for anything with chromed lugs, too. If the tires hold air ok, I'd say go ahead and ride it, but carefully. If the rubber and sidewalls are significantly dried out, they're just waiting to fail. If they're just plain old, they probably still won't want full pressure. Lots of threads on how to do tubulars here, just google around and you'll find all you need. But don't do any fast descending on it until you know you can trust your tires to survive.

It's always a good idea to take those "as found" shots, if you like "dirty bike porn" check out my Grandis thread. I keep the bike pretty clean now, so it's nice to remember what it looked like when I first got it.

Be sure to post more on yours when you get it all shiny.
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Originally Posted by ItsTimeToBike View Post
Let me reply by respectfully asking - what SHOULD be under it the saddle cover?
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Very nice bike. I've got a 1979 Super Leggera. The frame was the same but the the Super Corsa came with the full Super Record group and the OR7 rims.
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Thank you Otis for the vote on the saddle - a vintage racing TTT Competizione saddle.
I better start saving.

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This may be of interest:

https://bulgier.net/pics/bike/Catalog...hi-81a/pg4.jpg

From Mark Bulgier's website. bulgier.net - /pics/bike/Catalogs/
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that is gorgeous. love it so much. i know what you mean about cleaning it.
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Incredible find. I don't usually go for Bianchis, but there is no denying this beauty. One of the nicest Bianchis I've seen. Really elegant lug lines, drillium, Campagnolo, chrome, tubulars, patina...what's not to love?!
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Beautiful Bianchi, I am a bit jealous.
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Very nice. I wouldn't hesitate to clean it. Old grime usually contains salt from sweat, which is not good for steel. That bike would look gorgeous with a proper cleaning and a different saddle.
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I don't normally care for Bianchi, but this is just exceptional in every detail. Just gorgeous!
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This is a really great bike here, from a sort of transitional era between styles of the 70's and 80's imo.

I once bought a top-of-line original Guerciotti with similar Almarc leather bar wrap and brake caliper and lever milling, and yes it even had the ti bb spindle, though I can't remember anything about it's pedals now. Crankset even had the "Mexico" (smoothing) treatment to the arms.

Here's hoping that the seatpost isn't stuck. BTW I've yet never owned a Bianchi of this color.
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Absolutely beautiful.
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That is, for me, a grail bicycle, if there ever was one! Beautiful.
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
Very cool bike; great find. Love it all except that goofy seat cover That panto/drillium thing going on with the brake levers is pretty sweet and period-perfect. I'm a total sucker for anything with chromed lugs, too. If the tires hold air ok, I'd say go ahead and ride it, but carefully. If the rubber and sidewalls are significantly dried out, they're just waiting to fail. If they're just plain old, they probably still won't want full pressure. Lots of threads on how to do tubulars here, just google around and you'll find all you need. But don't do any fast descending on it until you know you can trust your tires to survive.

It's always a good idea to take those "as found" shots, if you like "dirty bike porn" check out my Grandis thread. I keep the bike pretty clean now, so it's nice to remember what it looked like when I first got it.

Be sure to post more on yours when you get it all shiny.
I took a risk leaving that saddle cover on for first pics - but the eye moves quickly from her double bagger saddle cover to her lugs and and panto goodies. The vintage Zefal had a matching sock cover with that diamond pattern - he was road stylin in his 80's.

Thanks for the suggestions regarding tubulars - as I said I'm a rookie with them.

I promise to post some pics of her "coming out squeaky clean party" - will be some time before that though.

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Originally Posted by dddd View Post
This is a really great bike here, from a sort of transitional era between styles of the 70's and 80's imo.

I once bought a top-of-line original Guerciotti with similar Almarc leather bar wrap and brake caliper and lever milling, and yes it even had the ti bb spindle, though I can't remember anything about it's pedals now. Crankset even had the "Mexico" (smoothing) treatment to the arms.

Here's hoping that the seatpost isn't stuck. BTW I've yet never owned a Bianchi of this color.
Almarc leather bar wrap...my first with that and didnt even know the name - thanks for that.
Guerciottiati sounds sexy blingy- hope you took some pics. I am assuming there's titanium in axle and bb spindle of the Super Corsa but will be verifying.
And dont scare me re. seat-post being stuck - its unlikely though as most of this bike has been sealed like a sarcophagus in layer upon layer of wax lube.

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I absolutely love this Bianchi nice score I agree there is nothing wrong with cleaning old bikes to bring out the shine
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