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Old 04-10-19, 04:36 PM
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Does any one know what this mount us for? There is also an extra one above the seat post tube ? Thanks
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Old 04-10-19, 04:52 PM
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Carrying strap mounts!

This is the 1987 catalog- but look at the specs page for the Volpe- it describes what braze ons are on the bike. http://velobase.com/CatalogScans/1987Bianchi.pdf
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Originally Posted by rossiny View Post

this extra mount , what is it used for??. I also noticed another screw above the 2 water bottle mounts.
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What are you asking?
They're really hard to see- but there's 2 braze ons- one just before the Bianchi logo on the DT and one above the ST bottle cage.

Going thru the 87 catalog it mentions carrying strap braze ons.

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Old 04-10-19, 05:33 PM
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That would be the "Portage" strap.
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I had a ~1996 Volpe. It was a well made bike, predicable, stable, reliable. I liked it. But it was heavy. I used it well and then gave it to a friend. It also had the best paint job of any bike I've owned. It would hardly chip at all, and I'm rough on my bikes.
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Old 04-10-19, 08:17 PM
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This is one gorgeous machine!
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I had a ~1996 Volpe. It was a well made bike, predicable, stable, reliable. I liked it. But it was heavy. I used it well and then gave it to a friend. It also had the best paint job of any bike I've owned. It would hardly chip at all, and I'm rough on my bikes.
I have bee riding it now and wondering about the heavy. Maybe should have kept my 80s schwinn voyageur, it did not have the front rack low mounts on the fork, or the cantilever brakes so I thought the Bianchi would be better for touring?? Having a bit of buyers remorse
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I have bee riding it now and wondering about the heavy. Maybe should have kept my 80s schwinn voyageur, it did not have the front rack low mounts on the fork, or the cantilever brakes so I thought the Bianchi would be better for touring?? Having a bit of buyers remorse
I imagine it's great for touring. It was a damned good bike for me.
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I imagine it's great for touring. It was a damned good bike for me.
I beleive this may have an 87 Volpe. I am gonna give it some time . See how it goes.. so much different than my italian made Rossin and Casati in weight..

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Factory strap set-up.
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Factory strap set-up.
Perfectly clean chainrings and back wheel. Clumps of dirt on the stem. Cannot figure out how that would have happened. Where's the giant mudball under the back of the saddle?
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Perfectly clean chainrings and back wheel. Clumps of dirt on the stem. Cannot figure out how that would have happened. Where's the giant mudball under the back of the saddle?
Staged photo op.
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Beautiful lugged Volpe. I dont like the welded modern models
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Beautiful lugged Volpe. I dont like the welded modern models
Lugs would definitely be nice, but I do like how mine looks:




I just put a pair of Gravel King slicks on it today, too
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I worked out some kinks . It had toe over lap, but I removed the front fender and adjusted my shoe clips a bit. My toe clears it now by barely a 1/4 inch . Yay !! I hate toe over lap. Has any one tried different wheel set , say like 27s or 650 to get more clearance . I may just put a smaller fender and call it done. So glad I worked out the toe overlap so there is none .. I went for a longish city/bike path ride Sunday with the fender and found the toe problem when making hard turns, when crossing streets/bike path, almost a deal breaker on the Volpe. But after weighing it it is 30 pounds with racks and fenders . I figure any good touring style back will be that weight . So I am feeling better on this used bike purchase!!!
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@rossiny If you are currently running 700c (622 ISO) then 27" wheels will increase your size (630 ISO) so if you want smaller wheels/tire you will want to look at 650b (ISO 584). You can see what St. Sheldon had to say here you will want to look carefully at brake alignment from what I understand.
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@rossiny If you are currently running 700c (622 ISO) then 27" wheels will increase your size (630 ISO) so if you want smaller wheels/tire you will want to look at 650b (ISO 584). You can see what St. Sheldon had to say here you will want to look carefully at brake alignment from what I understand.
yes currently has 700 cyclocross type wheels and pretty wide tire. I don't know whether the brakes will work then, but it seems like it clears now. Thanks for all the help and info..
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Lugs would definitely be nice, but I do like how mine looks:




I just put a pair of Gravel King slicks on it today, too
Do you happen to to know how much it weighs. Do u find it good for touring, etc. ?
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I wear huge shoes, and for medical reasons, I have to have my cleats way back in the shoes, so every bike I have, even without fenders, has toe overlap. It's a fact of life for me, so I deal with it. I'm not saying anyone else should, just that it's not necessarily a reason to panic.
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