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Old 07-09-18, 02:41 PM
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Refurbishing 1991 Bianchi Boardwalk

I just had a nice ride on an old friend, a Bianchi Boardwalk I purchased in 1991. About ten years ago, I inquired at a local bike shop about shifting problems and gear jumping. I was told that I really needed to replace the chain and gearset, but since the drivetrain was defunct (Suntour), it wouldn't be worthwhile to replace all that and the shifters as well.

It sat in the basement for a while, but somehow didn't fix itself. It still doesn't shift well, can't get out of the middle chainring, and can only reach about five out of seven of the rear cassette.

Everything can be fixed with enough money, but I'm wondering - is it truly something where new parts would cost more than the bike is worth, or was the LBS guy just trying to sell me a new bike? If it is repairable, can anyone give me a hint as to what would be required?

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Find a better bike shop. Chains skipping is usually a sign of a worn chain and/or worn cassette. Both items that get worn and replaced regularly and there are replacements still available new in the bike parts distribution system used by bike shops. That you can't shift to all gears could be an indication of derailleur adjustment not necessarily a worn out derailleur. Even if the derailleur were worn out there are great shifting replacements reasonably priced.

The Bianchi Boardwalk was a nice bike and it would be worthwhile to get running again. An equivalent bike today will cost close to $1,000.
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When you move the shifters, do the cables move the derailleurs? Are the cables frozen or locked up. It may not be your derailleurs, but your cables. You could try squirting a spray lubricant into the cable housings. Sometimes this helps.

The other thing to look for is that the derailleur is moving, however, the travel is not enough. In that case, it would just need an adjustment.

I would expect that the derailleurs are serviceable.

The Bianci boardwalk looks like a nice bike.
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Good advice already offered on the mechanical issues.

I picked up one of these Boardwalks last month.

Looks to be a decent hybrid bike.
The one I have came with a Shimano 200GS
drivetrain so not high end on the components on mine.

The owner had sadly left it outside for quite sometime. I hate to see such bike neglect myself.

At any rate I have it stripped down ready to rebuild for family and friends visiting to ride as it's too short for me.

The chain condition on it was the worst I've seen.

Fortunately the frame had minimal rust.

My take is that unless you can do the work yourself I would not invest too much money in it considering labor cost unless there is sentimental attachment and you really like the bike a lot.

Patience on Craigslist can turn up equal or better hybrid bikes in great shape is my take.
Good riding and good luck.



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Originally Posted by MKahrl View Post
Find a better bike shop. Chains skipping is usually a sign of a worn chain and/or worn cassette. Both items that get worn and replaced regularly and there are replacements still available new in the bike parts distribution system used by bike shops. That you can't shift to all gears could be an indication of derailleur adjustment not necessarily a worn out derailleur. Even if the derailleur were worn out there are great shifting replacements reasonably priced.

The Bianchi Boardwalk was a nice bike and it would be worthwhile to get running again. An equivalent bike today will cost close to $1,000.
Itís no longer my local bike shop. I still have the receipt: the bike cost $419.95 in May of Ď91. Thanks for the thumbs up.
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Originally Posted by Velo Mule View Post
When you move the shifters, do the cables move the derailleurs? Are the cables frozen or locked up. It may not be your derailleurs, but your cables. You could try squirting a spray lubricant into the cable housings. Sometimes this helps.

The other thing to look for is that the derailleur is moving, however, the travel is not enough. In that case, it would just need an adjustment.

I would expect that the derailleurs are serviceable.

The Bianci boardwalk looks like a nice bike.
the cables were just replaced, and the front derailleur worked on the stand, but not on the road. Might just be a cable loosening. If I replace the chain and the cassette, do I also need to replace the derailleurs?
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Originally Posted by cooperryder View Post
Good advice already offered on the mechanical issues.

I picked up one of these Boardwalks last month.

Looks to be a decent hybrid bike.
The one I have came with a Shimano 200GS
drivetrain so not high end on the components on mine.

The owner had sadly left it outside for quite sometime. I hate to see such bike neglect myself.

At any rate I have it stripped down ready to rebuild for family and friends visiting to ride as it's too short for me.

The chain condition on it was the worst I've seen.

Fortunately the frame had minimal rust.

My take is that unless you can do the work yourself I would not invest too much money in it considering labor cost unless there is sentimental attachment and you really like the bike a lot.

Patience on Craigslist can turn up equal or better hybrid bikes in great shape is my take.
Good riding and good luck.


Yikes! That makes my bike look almost pristine.


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If the derailleur is moving freely, it should be Ok. Replacing the chain and / or cables has no bearing on whether you need a new derailleur.
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Bianchi hybrids work pretty well as drop-bar gravel or cyclocross bikes. The Tange tubing they used is pretty good stuff.

To get it back on the road, here is what I would do:

0) Buy a good chain tool and wire cutters.
1) Replace the chain with a modern KMC 7-speed equivalent. Save the old chain for sizing purposes.
2) Remove old cables and housing. Examine the shifters. If they are gummed up, drop them in WD-40 for thirty minutes, then hose them out with Tri-Flow. Test to insure function and reinstall.
3) Replace all cables and housings with bulk Jagwire from the bike shop. Cables should be no more than about six dollars a piece, with housing running no more than a dollar a foot. Test after installation to ensure that the shifters and cables work together effectively (as evidenced by how they move the derailleurs).
4) Inflate the tires. Check for ozone cracks, tread condition, etc. Replace as necessary any tires or tubes that require refreshing.
5) Examine seat for rips, tears, etc. Cover with Gorilla tape.
6) Scrub the cassette or freewheel gears down until they are totally clear of any dirt or debris. Spray gears with Triflow to protect from further degradation.
7) Test ride. Make note of any slippage in the gears, and re-adjust as required. Rear cogs slipping under torque means you need a new cassette or freewheel. Chain chatter indicates an adjustment problem.
8) Adjust and replace parts as necessary.
9) Test ride. Repeat from step 7 until the bike works properly.
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Originally Posted by kunsunoke View Post
Bianchi hybrids work pretty well as drop-bar gravel or cyclocross bikes. The Tange tubing they used is pretty good stuff.

To get it back on the road, here is what I would do:

0) Buy a good chain tool and wire cutters.
1) Replace the chain with a modern KMC 7-speed equivalent. Save the old chain for sizing purposes.
2) Remove old cables and housing. Examine the shifters. If they are gummed up, drop them in WD-40 for thirty minutes, then hose them out with Tri-Flow. Test to insure function and reinstall.
3) Replace all cables and housings with bulk Jagwire from the bike shop. Cables should be no more than about six dollars a piece, with housing running no more than a dollar a foot. Test after installation to ensure that the shifters and cables work together effectively (as evidenced by how they move the derailleurs).
4) Inflate the tires. Check for ozone cracks, tread condition, etc. Replace as necessary any tires or tubes that require refreshing.
5) Examine seat for rips, tears, etc. Cover with Gorilla tape.
6) Scrub the cassette or freewheel gears down until they are totally clear of any dirt or debris. Spray gears with Triflow to protect from further degradation.
7) Test ride. Make note of any slippage in the gears, and re-adjust as required. Rear cogs slipping under torque means you need a new cassette or freewheel. Chain chatter indicates an adjustment problem.
8) Adjust and replace parts as necessary.
9) Test ride. Repeat from step 7 until the bike works properly.
Much obliged. Noticed that the cable to the front derailleur was slack. Attempted to tighten and found the screw on the derailleur to which the cable is secured doesnít really attach to anything - itís either broken or the screw threads in the derailleur are stripped. Despite the new cable, the front shifters are very stiff and balky. So it might be time to replace the front.

The rear isnít too bad. Shifting between the largest and second-largest cogs is intermittent - it usually wonít go to the first cog. Otherwise the rear does pretty well.

I wouldnít mind replacing the chain and both derailleurs and shifters. Shimano Tiagra?



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