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Wish I had 10 of these, old MTB to city bike

Old 10-02-15, 08:33 AM
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Wish I had 10 of these, old MTB to city bike

My wife had spotted a hint of Celeste underneath a grime-encrusted garage sale MTB last year, so she grabbed it for $35. Niece needed a campus bike so I started cleaning this up and with very few upgrades turned into a nice piece. I'm kicking myself for not taking before pictures. The rear cassette was baked in layers of dirt and grease, it was easier to chisel it clean than use solvent.

But, most everything was usable and pretty high quality. For once I kept track of the costs of what I added, since my brother is going to pay for it. I spent $170 on one trigger shifter, chain, pedals, bottom bracket, tires, tubes, grips, and bolt-on skewers. The original crank was ok, but city bikes don't need a triple and I like ditching front changers whenever possible. I had a compact crank sitting around and have been wondering for awhile when I was going to use the peace sign hanger. Everything else was original, but needed a lot of cleaning. I almost threw out the rims until I realized it wasn't corrosion, just baked on grime.

These old Shimano cantilevers were surprisingly easy to adjust once I got the hang of it (10mm bolt on the back side). The rear spacing on this generation of MTB is generally 130, which gives you lots of hub options. I was a bit surprised to find a cassette rather than a freewheel, but now I know to look closer. The cassette has 6 sprockets pinned and just the small sprocket is loose.





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Old 10-02-15, 08:42 AM
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Lugged and a Peace sign, that's just old school AND cool !

nice job on a great Bianchi for your Niece. Now, about the locks...
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Old 10-02-15, 08:43 AM
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Very nicely done!! I agree with the single speed crank up front and the locking skewers - both great upgrades for a city bike!
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I have a real weakness for old mtbs. I just picked up a 1992 trek 950 because, well just because.

Really nice job on the bianchi; it looks great.
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I have a real weakness for old mtbs. I just picked up a 1992 trek 950 because, well just because.

Really nice job on the bianchi; it looks great.
I have so much trouble thinking of something from the early '90s as "old", and I have to stop and remind myself that it IS about 25 years ago.
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Old 10-02-15, 08:50 AM
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Awesome build all round, well done!
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Very nice, very, very nice.
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The filth & grime must have protected the paint! *Amazingly scratch free & of course Celeste is beautiful.
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Old 10-03-15, 05:39 AM
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Best city bikes made are the old MTB's we save and convert.
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That is very nice. I would personally prefer at least a double chainring but I only see one real problem. I am guessing within the first 5 times the bike is left alone the bike will have an unintended owner.
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Do you have a source on the peace sign hanger? I have just the right bike for that, and I want one.
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They were a thang in the '90s. I sold them when I was with Hawley and probably have one in my stash.
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Best city bikes made are the old MTB's we save and convert.
So what does that tell us about those cities?
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I always forget to take the before pictures too. By your description it looks like it made a huge transformation. Your niece should be very happy.
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Love me some repurposed old mountain bike. They're just fun, do what a bike should, what we wished the transpo bikes we had as kids could do and all fairly light and very responsive. I wish I could justify buying and rebuilding more of those cool old bikes. They sell for cheap, way cheaper than what it would take to make one as good. That Bianchi is just about as cool as the concept gets. Great work.
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Nice bike! Well done. Thanks for sharing.
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They were a thang in the '90s. I sold them when I was with Hawley and probably have one in my stash.
Every so often, I have to be thankful for eBay, Found a new one in the color I wanted there.
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