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1986 Bianchi Portofino ideas please?

Old 03-15-21, 11:16 AM
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1986 Bianchi Portofino ideas please?

So I gave my girlfriend my 1989 Specialized Hard Rock that I converted into more of a bike path/city/commuter bike.
I'm fairly certain that she bought me a 1986 Bianchi Portofino that we saw on eBay, that will require some "building up".
I'm not a huge fan of the metallic Forest Green that the frameset was painted, so I think I'm going to strip/repaint it in Celeste.
I'm also thinking that I will build it into some sort of a touring/commuter/bikepacking/gravel hybrid. I'm likely going to run a 2x10 drivetrain (I can cold set the rear triangle) with a compact crank and a good wide ratio cassette.

Questions:
1. This should require a 700C wheelset, yes?
2. What's the widest/largest tires (clinchers) that I can fit? Fork crown and chain stay clearance are my two concerns.
3. Flat bar, do you think?
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Old 03-15-21, 11:48 AM
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Wow, long time no see. You had me down, frpax. I hope you've been well.

FWIW, the 1986 Portofino was spec'd with 700C x 25 tyres. So, you're good with 700C but I have no first hand experience with this model, so I can't say how big you can fit. Flat bars versus dropped is a personal preference criteria, so I'll leave that to you. Regardless, it's good to have you back.
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Wow, long time no see. You had me down, frpax. I hope you've been well.
Regardless, it's good to have you back.
Thanks bro!
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I put a Nitto Albatross bar on a substantially similar Japanese built Trek of the same vintage and I LOVE it. You really do get multiple hand positions out of it which makes it superior to MTB style bars, I think.
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The Portofino is on it's way.
I've decided flat bar.
Will likely go with a modern-ish Shimano 2x10 mountain bike drivetrain.

Since this is a Japanese built frameset, the BB will be British, I'm thinking. Yes?

I'm keeping an eye out for a 700C wheelset that is 10 speed cassette compatible. Once everything gets here, I will determine how large I can go with tires.

I plan on stripping off the metallic hunter/forest green paint and will refinish it in Celeste. I have some Celeste left over from a Bianchi Trofeo that I did last year.

Don't worry... I'll take PLENTY of pics!
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I am detailing my Portofino and I saw this post, wonder how yours turned out.
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Paint job completed. Decals on.
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Completed Portofino.

I have since changed the Turbo saddle to something a bit more comfortable. Schwalbe CX tires. SRAM components.


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Nice! I always liked the Argentin paint scheme but is there a specific reason why you chose the 1988-1989 decals over the period correct version?
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Nice! I always liked the Argentin paint scheme but is there a specific reason why you chose the 1988-1989 decals over the period correct version?
Because I had a nearly complete set on hand and very limited funds.
I figured that, since the original color was that metallic forest green with all yellow decals and I really did not like that color, and since I had the others on hand, that I would change the color to '88 (ish) Argentin colors. I'm really pleased with how it came out.
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