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My Bianchi Celeste, Gem or junk?

Old 05-28-08, 08:54 PM
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My Bianchi Celeste, Gem or junk?

Hi,
I've had this Bianchi for about 15 years, I bought it at an auction for salvage-stolen bicycle of the city of Montreal, paid around $200 for it back then. I never really liked it since the frame is a little too small for me, I'm 6.5.

Can you help identify the model and its parts?
Gem or junk?
Should I try to sell it?
It looks like lots of parts have been swapped. I've changed the handle bars for wider ones and the brake handles were replaced since I wasn't able to find replacement rubbers. They're the same make Modolo, but the original had the cables on the handle bar, not looping out. I might still have the originals somewhere...

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Old 05-28-08, 10:04 PM
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Gem - worth more than $200 for sure.
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Ask for $400 on your local Craigslist, settle for $350. The celeste Bianchis can command a high dollar but yours could be in a bit better shape. That works for you though as someone will be happy to give it a good home and some elbow grease and collector's almost prefer a diamond-in-the-rough.

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Old 05-29-08, 04:01 AM
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I definitely wouldn't kick it out of my bike stable.
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I doubt I could find a buyer in my area. I'll try to find a longer seat post and keep it.

What model of Campagnolo derailleur is it? As far as I can tell, there's no other markings on it.
What model bianchi is it? Year?
I'm guessing this was one of their mid-price bikes, probably sold for around $800 way back then.

I've always found it odd that the front wheel is a FIR but the rear is a Wobler. I have no idea if those were any good quality but my guess is that they aren't original.

Thanks for the help!
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Originally Posted by simnorm View Post
I doubt I could find a buyer in my area. I'll try to find a longer seat post and keep it.

What model of Campagnolo derailleur is it? As far as I can tell, there's no other markings on it.
What model bianchi is it? Year?
I'm guessing this was one of their mid-price bikes, probably sold for around $800 way back then.

I've always found it odd that the front wheel is a FIR but the rear is a Wobler. I have no idea if those were any good quality but my guess is that they aren't original.

Thanks for the help!
A wobler is bad a wolber is good
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Old 05-30-08, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by simnorm View Post
I doubt I could find a buyer in my area. I'll try to find a longer seat post and keep it.

What model of Campagnolo derailleur is it? As far as I can tell, there's no other markings on it.
What model bianchi is it? Year?
I'm guessing this was one of their mid-price bikes, probably sold for around $800 way back then.

I've always found it odd that the front wheel is a FIR but the rear is a Wobler. I have no idea if those were any good quality but my guess is that they aren't original.

Thanks for the help!
I am on the south shore of Montreal and know you would have no problem finding a buyer , I would personally ask $320 for a bike like that. If you decide to keep it it's even better though
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Originally Posted by RK1963 View Post
A wobler is bad a wolber is good
lol, this just shows that I'm not really a bike person
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Old 05-30-08, 11:55 AM
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Your bike bears a strong resemblance to my Bianchi Campione D'Italia, which is from the late 80s and I think was an upper mid-range model. Tubing is the same, Stronglight cranks the same, Modolo Mach 1 brakes the same, derailleurs v similar. My bike has different forks however, with an eagle motif engraved on the crown. Your wheels may have been swapped because the originals had tubular rims/tires, which are difficult because if you get a flat it's a tricky job to repair. Can't tell from the photos, but does yours have an Ofmega headset?
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Oh and also, is the shifting indexed? I think that could give an indication of the year more precisely. Indexing would mean the shifter on the right side is slightly larger than the left and "clicks" into preset positions, rather than rotating continuously in its range of motion.
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The headset is an Ofmega and the shifting in indexed.
Thanks so much, it must be a Campione d'Italia.
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I have been looking for the model or vintage of my junk yard Bianchi and I think I just found it. My bike is identical you yours in every detail. Same derailleurs, same 6 speed index shifting, same headset, same crank, same brakes.

Thanks for the info.
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Originally Posted by simnorm View Post
I doubt I could find a buyer in my area. I'll try to find a longer seat post and keep it.

What model of Campagnolo derailleur is it? As far as I can tell, there's no other markings on it.
What model bianchi is it? Year?
I'm guessing this was one of their mid-price bikes, probably sold for around $800 way back then.

I've always found it odd that the front wheel is a FIR but the rear is a Wobler. I have no idea if those were any good quality but my guess is that they aren't original.

Thanks for the help!
Campy + Cleleste = High Dollar Top of Line
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Old 06-03-08, 09:33 PM
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I've decided to keep the bike for now. I bought a longer seat post and raised the stem. I've cleaned the bike, overhauled the wheels bearings and installed clip pedals.
I went out today for a little spin, my neighbour immediately commented on the nice green colour!

I've searched my basement for the original aero modolo levers but no luck. They must have gotten thrown out when I moved. I've must have called 6 LBS trying to locate aero levers from the late 80s, no luck so far.

Thanks for all the + comments on the bike, to think I almost curbed it a few years ago
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Old 06-03-08, 09:59 PM
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to think I almost curbed it a few years ago [/QUOTE]

Blasphemer how could you think such a thing. You must now ride this bike at least 10 miles a day for a month to make up for the negect it has suffered
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Simnorn,

Nice bike there - keep it!! I have an 86 Campione (in rose colour), and I still have the original levers you're looking for in a box in my basement. Let me know if you need them and we can work out an arrangement. I'm in Halifax so shipping won't be much of an issue.

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Old 06-04-08, 07:11 PM
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I really like my early 1980s Bianchi (see signature), even though it is not Celeste, and even though it has a Columbus tre tubi frame, whereas you have Columbus forks, as well.
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dude!

gem

build it up, treat it right, it'd be a fun bike. it just needs some love and period specific attention.
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thanks velolove!
I'm not sure how to build it up, as you say. I gave up my search for Aero levers from that era. I bought some Tektro R200.
Also, the saddle is really uncomfortable. Is a Bontrager race a worthy upgrade for $20?
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I think the Bontrager Race seat is a piece of junk. I couldn't take it off quick enough. But seats are a very personal choice as to fit, comfort, and so on.
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i dont think you guyes realize how uncomfortable it is to ride a bike that is many many times too small for you.... im 6'4 and ride a 69cm frame... I wish someone had been around to tell me that even a 64cm was too small for me, I would never have put so much time and money into my 60cm spectrum only to find my hands going numb after about 15min of ridding.
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I would love to find just this bike in my (small) size...
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