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Old 04-23-10, 08:18 PM
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Don't turn it into a fixie.

Hell, just living in Cincinnati I find myself making very good use of my 12spd Raleigh Super Course.

Actually am looking at a Bianchi Campione D'Italia on CL around here that has been converted to a SS that I would like to ride out on the bike trail we have here -- the trail was converted from an old rail road bed to a bike path that is flat with virtually no elevation whatsoever -- meaning no reason to change gear.

Anyway, as everyone has been saying, Bianchi's are very respectable vintage road bikes and you should feel very lucky to have acquired one so easily!
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leave it alone and ride it. That thing is fantastic! If you do decide to ride it out and about....make sure and lock it up ....and good or it will be gone. That is an awesome bike. Period.
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gentlemen this is a major ombie thread. the OP has not replied to this or made anyother post in almost a year. although I do wonder how the bike is treating here and vice/versa
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Yadadanika - you have a beautifully preserved example there. Enjoy it. Treasure it.

I have two C'dI's at the moment - one with Ofmega Masters and the other Suntour Cyclones. They are both good derailleurs, and these are nice riding bikes - but even around here, they would be worse-than-worthless if I was to remove the gears.



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Old 04-24-10, 08:20 AM
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Auchen those are beautiful! when I first got into cycling back in '87 i cam really close to buying the red one but ended up with the next model down the Sport SX
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Resurrected this thread because I found this exact photo of the white Bianchi for sale on CL and advertised for $99. The white one apparently now is a fixie if it is same bike. Guess if the person selling was on this thread he ignored all the advice to keep it original.

https://eugene.craigslist.org/bik/5793836242.html

Kind of a shame I would love that bike in white original and it would be a good fit. Wonder if this guy really has that bike or if he's full of it.
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Old 09-26-16, 04:46 AM
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The OP's bike was much smaller. Probably in the 49-50 cm range. However, the craigslist bike looks to be the same picture Auchencrow posted in this thread back in 2010.
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Wow that frames paint is in superb condition.

I'd disown my kids if they ever changed my bikes to fixed gear...JK JK


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Originally Posted by WolfRyder
Wonder if this guy really has that bike or if he's full of it.
There are a few differences between the two photos -- cable housing different colors, aero vs. non-aero brakes in each pic, gumwall vs blackwall tires, second photo has a guard as the outer chainring while the first pic doesn't. I suppose those details could be changed over the course of the bike's life, but it seems fishy to me.
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Surprised to find this thread resurrected.

I originally posted this thread seeking some guidance like mkeller had mentioned. Instead, I got a lot of negative vibes and just wanted to avoid saying anything that'd get me shunned by bikesnobs. Admittedly, I was a noOb then and happened to be a noOb when the whole Fixie scene was a big fad in SF.

Anyway, I ended up just overhauling the Bianchi, found a local, friendly Bianchi club, and continue to ride it to this day.

Hope time has treated everyone on this thread well.

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Welcome back, sounds like you found the place for Bianchi enthusiasts. The vast majority here just do not care for the way many of the hipsters cut off the various accessory mounts and generally sacrificed some nice steel frames. It comes from the appreciation for the craftsmanship many of these frames exhibit. However, I must admit that some folks have made nice bikes with fixed, or single speed, that didn't end any chance of the frame ever regaining its gearing.

Good on you for keeping the Bianchi unmolested, as far as the frame is concerned. Don't stay away from this forum, lots of good folks and some fantastic information/guidance comes from this place.

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Originally Posted by yadadanika
Surprised to find this thread resurrected.

I originally posted this thread seeking some guidance like mkeller had mentioned. Instead, I got a lot of negative vibes and just wanted to avoid saying anything that'd get me shunned by bikesnobs. Admittedly, I was a noOb then and happened to be a noOb when the whole Fixie scene was a big fad in SF.

Anyway, I ended up just overhauling the Bianchi, found a local, friendly Bianchi club, and continue to ride it to this day.

Hope time has treated everyone on this thread well.
That's sweet to hear as I too personally hate seeing them turned into a Fixie. But the reality is it's your bike so follow you own heart.
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Originally Posted by WolfRyder
Resurrected this thread because I found this exact photo of the white Bianchi for sale on CL and advertised for $99. The white one apparently now is a fixie if it is same bike. Guess if the person selling was on this thread he ignored all the advice to keep it original.

https://eugene.craigslist.org/bik/5793836242.html

Kind of a shame I would love that bike in white original and it would be a good fit. Wonder if this guy really has that bike or if he's full of it.

Or decided to do what he wanted with it since it was his bike.

I mean I'm with everyone on not liking to see them molested personally but still, if someone's riding the bike and doing things to make it "theirs" then it's all good in my book.
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Originally Posted by yadadanika
Surprised to find this thread resurrected.

I originally posted this thread seeking some guidance like mkeller had mentioned. Instead, I got a lot of negative vibes and just wanted to avoid saying anything that'd get me shunned by bikesnobs. Admittedly, I was a noOb then and happened to be a noOb when the whole Fixie scene was a big fad in SF.

Anyway, I ended up just overhauling the Bianchi, found a local, friendly Bianchi club, and continue to ride it to this day.

Hope time has treated everyone on this thread well.
Glad you made it back, yes we can be a bit retrogrouchy and we never forget or give up. This bike is a beauty and we are glad you kept it that way. Just keep riding!
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That would have made a sweet fixie.
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Originally I was just questioned mostly the validity of the CL ad. $99 Seemed like a strange number on that and wondered why the guy couldn't even put up a current photo. Thought he might of just used the photo here and had a different bike I don't know, but at that price fixie or not shot an email over but go no reply.

And you are right he did make it his own which is fine, but now he wants to make it someone else's which makes you wonder if it was a clean conversion and could go back to original, or if it is another nice vintage steel frame ruined.

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Originally Posted by WolfRyder
Originally I was just questioned mostly the validity of the CL ad. $99 Seemed like a strange number on that and wondered why the guy couldn't even put up a current photo. Thought he might of just used the photo and had a different bike I don't know, but at that price fixie or not shot an email over but go no reply.

And you are right he did make it his own which is fine, but now he wants to make it someone else's which makes you wonder if it was a clean conversion and could go back to original, or if it is another nice vintage steel frame ruined.
Same here, no reply.
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Originally Posted by qcpmsame
cut off the various accessory mounts and generally sacrificed some nice steel frames. It comes from the appreciation for the craftsmanship many of these frames exhibit. However, I must admit that some folks have made nice bikes with fixed, or single speed, that didn't end any chance of the frame ever regaining its gearing.



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How can I tell the difference between a clean fixie conversion and a hack job? Or should I just generally assume that there are going to be problems turning a bike back to original from Fixie. What about this bike for instance? I really love the Cinelli stamped Trek Frame but am leery about the conversion.
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To me, a hack job would have the various brazed on fittings, such as down tube shifter bosses and top tube cable guides, cut or ground off. The read derailleur hanger would be ground or cut off of the drop, most likely. These hack jobs get referred to as "Drewed" frames here, after a thread many years back that featured a guy named Drew, he had ground and/or cut off all of the accessory mounts and the der hanger from a nice, desirable frame. Hence the termed "Drewing" a frameset.

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Boo on fixed gear. This bike is a classic and deserves to be treated with respect. The only reason to remove any OEM parts from this would be if you wanted to ride the frame but keep the parts less used. I could see stripping the bike entirely and replacing the group to save wear and tear on original parts. Or not. But don't just replace parts willy nilly ...or at all.
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How can I tell the difference between a clean fixie conversion and a hack job? Or should I just generally assume that there are going to be problems turning a bike back to original from Fixie. What about this bike for instance? I really love the Cinelli stamped Trek Frame but am leery about the conversion.
So the death knell ultimately is the cutting of of the rear derailleur hanger from the dropout as this is the hardest to mitigate. Not impossible, but problematic at best and cannot be properly "fixed" without replacing the dropout which is usually too drastic in many cases. The other brazeons can be replaced with clamp on versions if need be, but are also often not pretty if they were hacked off without some care. The Trek you show looks like the hanger is still there and if it is and is a very good deal then you could take the project on.
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Originally Posted by yadadanika
Surprised to find this thread resurrected.

I originally posted this thread seeking some guidance like mkeller had mentioned. Instead, I got a lot of negative vibes and just wanted to avoid saying anything that'd get me shunned by bikesnobs. Admittedly, I was a noOb then and happened to be a noOb when the whole Fixie scene was a big fad in SF.

Anyway, I ended up just overhauling the Bianchi, found a local, friendly Bianchi club, and continue to ride it to this day.

Hope time has treated everyone on this thread well.
Wow! Glad to see you still check in occasionally!

I read the whole thread, - your right, - it wasn't a very welcoming vibe --- lots of harrumphing (fixie? Harrumph harrumph harrumph--- LOL)

I think people had seen a few Colnago's , Coppi's, Bianchi's and others converted in a hackneyed manner and wanted to discourage someone from doing that again

Buy regarding the fixed gear conversions-- you CAN have it both ways with minimal investment.
Fixed gear training used to be a viable winter time training strategy (still is, but is not en vogue anymore)

When my beloved DeBernardi was the only road bike i had, i just procured a converted back wheel and ran fixed for months, then in late February, i would re-install the rear derailleur, road chainrings and road wheel/chain, and i was good to go

Didnt even seem like that big a deal at the time and it kept my track bike off the streets
But, a few years later when Bianchi came out with their chrome plated Pista model for around 5 or 600 bucks, it was too good of a deal to pass up, so after i installed a front brake on one of those, i had my dedicated winter trainer
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Can't help but necro-bump this thread cause I have a 89 CDI hanging on the wall right now...
I got the bike with the frame in good shape but with replacement rims (Velo Orange possibly) and missing other parts incl the rear derailleur. So I made it into a single speed coaster w a Velosteel rear hub.
Always gets people admiring it, but after a motorcycle crash and multiple knee surgeries, not sure I'm going to keep staring at it on the wall much longer.
Great bike tho, for sure.
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Gorgeous bike! A big NO to the fixed gear idea, though.
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