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Old 08-18-06, 01:17 PM
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Chiorda bicycles?

I am going to look at a 50-60 year-old one of these, with Campy derailers, but w/o original levers, steel wheels and "triple-lugged" tubing. The buyer's asking $150, says it would make a good restoration project. Thoughts? Anything to look for when inspecting? Anyone know about this brand?
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Old 08-18-06, 01:50 PM
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"triple lugged?" gotta wonder what that's about. Sure, Chiorda made the occasional world-class bike, but were better known for low-end gas-pipe stuff with Valentino gear during the bike boom. I seem to recall that the record bike that somebody famous (Moser?) rode was actually a rebadge, but maybe you'll luck onto one of their best. With steel wheels, I kind of doubt it.
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Ah me, I reply before researching as usual...it was Gimondi who rode Chiorda (or something *called* a Chiorda) and it looks like Bianchi bought the name in the '60s or '70s, so you just might find a Bianchi-built one, or one of their Professional models. but there's so much dreck in the US with that name on it, I wouldn't bet on this being a good 'un. If it was, the owner would probably know its history and advertise such. Here's some scuttlebutt: https://search.bikelist.org/?SearchString=chiorda
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thanks for the link, unworthy. The seller says he'd restore, but he just doesn't have the space. I'm going to check it out, but the seller also describes the bike as being from the 50s or 60s, so it might actually be good quality. I'll check out the components, see what kind of Campy they are, then decide from there. Seller also describes it as blue in color, which the first post on the list says was the original, good model in the early 70s. We'll see. Seller's gone for a week, but I'm going to check it out next week.

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Confessions of a mad man: I bought a 70's model Chiorda - Gold with black head lugs. The bike was interesting what can I say. I read all the down stuff of it...and bought it anyway. I am figuring it will be different and the black/gold is a cool combination.

I will say this...there isnt much info out there on them.

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I sold Chiorda during the boom. The top end stuff was good. The entry level was poor. The Valentino equipped bicycles were real eye candy but nothing meshed properly.
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