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'88 Trofeo done ** ride report **

Old 08-26-10, 12:50 PM
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'88 Trofeo done ** ride report **

Hello just a quick upate on my '88 Trofeo. after a few trials and tribulations I think I finally have her done, if any bike can be called 'done'.



the overall ride was of course smooth and stable. she handles well and there were no suprises. on the only thing close to a hill around here in Dover I did notice a bit of chain rub but I expected that on this frame as the BB area is not as stiff as say a SL or later "SuperSet" Bianchi



overall I am very happy with this bike and how it came out! I amd glad to have such a unique if not rare Bianchi. I give it an overall rating of "two snapps up in a circle"

as most of you know I botched one of the cranks taking it off so I had to change them. however thanks to Mazadaspeed I have a replacement Ofmega enroute.

next problem was even though I switched from a 3T bar to a 3T bar the clamp would not tighten and I ended up breaking the bolt. so since I was sure I would need a more upright stem I found this od Specialized stem. it comes with three inserts to adjust the angle weird.



since I have not worked with Suntour much lately I had a bit of trouble dialing in the RD but finally got it.

as promised I am giving the Modolos a fair chance but I cant seem to keep the front one from howling like banshee! I am going to reinstall the original pads and see how that works.

one other thing I can't seem to get the seat to the angle I want so I may have to change the post.

and lastly yes I am leaving the two tone tape for now.

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Old 08-26-10, 01:05 PM
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Trina, have you tried adjusting the toe-in on that banshee?
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Old 08-26-10, 02:13 PM
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I didn't know what a trofeo was but I guess its a Bianchi?
Looks good but the stem and bars look busy and high. Maybe flip the stem? The two tone bar wrap is a personal taste thing.
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Originally Posted by ricohman View Post
I didn't know what a trofeo was but I guess its a Bianchi?
Looks good but the stem and bars look busy and high. Maybe flip the stem? The two tone bar wrap is a personal taste thing.
IIRC, BG prefers her stem and bar a bit high like that on her bikes, so the non-quill stem and high angle is the final setup.
About the Modolos, before reinstallling the original pads on the calipers, please note that original "sintered" brake pads from Modolo were known to be very harsh on rim anodized finishes with out really providing much added braking power. I have Mavic/Modolo 451 calipers that I presently would not want to install on my bike till I find a way to replace the pads on the pad holders as I'd like to avoid beating up the sidewalls on my new wheelsets. If sintered brake pads were so good, sll sorts of manufacturers would have adapted the same or similar brake pad formulation by now.

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I dig the black stays, fork & rims with the gumwalls.
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23; I don't have that tool with me and I am hesitant to take a adjustable wrenchto the calipers.

ricohmam; yes a Bianchi, I neglected that in the title then I was unable to added in a chorent way

Chombi; great memory, yes my back bothers me and beside I am not out for a personal best on every ride so I like to sit up and look around.
and yes those sintered pads were awful, I may if the toe in does not work try some black pads instead of the salmon.

ColonelLoyd; thank you


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I see you've kept the pump AND CO2 on the bike to ensure that you won't have a flat.
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Truly beautiful, the black rims and forks really contrast well with the celeste paint. Your pump matches well. Please don't say you've got water in that bottle! It looks really classy - just don't throw it onto the verge when empty! Curious - what's the red thing clipped to the brake cable?
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Originally Posted by ColonelJLloyd View Post
I see you've kept the pump AND CO2 on the bike to ensure that you won't have a flat.
that is the idea actually it is a trick someone showed me years ago. since it takes forever for a Silca to get up to pressure you use it to fill the tire enough to check the bead then use CO2 for you full pressure.

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Truly beautiful, the black rims and forks really contrast well with the celeste paint. Your pump matches well. Please don't say you've got water in that bottle! It looks really classy - just don't throw it onto the verge when empty! Curious - what's the red thing clipped to the brake cable?
thank you *blushing* actually it still has a glass or so of chardony in it. oh the red thing that is littl flag off an aeroplane that says 'remove before flight' someone at work clipped it to a bike one day.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
that is the idea actually it is a trick someone showed me years ago. since it takes forever for a Silca to get up to pressure you use it to fill the tire enough to check the bead then use CO2 for you full pressure.



thank you *blushing* actually it still has a glass or so of chardony in it. oh the red thing that is littl flag off an aeroplane that says 'remove before flight' someone at work clipped it to a bike one day.
Nice one Trina! Real style!
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Looks good BG! As the colonel said the black stays, forks and rims look cool.

Stan

(edit: If you're not entirely happy with the specialized stem, I have a black Bianchi branded ITM stem, though I'm not sure if would give you enough rise to meet your preferred riding style. PM me if you're interested in pics.)

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Valipolicella is much more appropriate with a Bianchi. I like the tape...and you are set for next time you need to wrap it!
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Hey BG, do you know if this paint scheme (celeste with black stays and fork) is unique to the Trofeo's? I can't seem to figure out what model or year mine is, but it's got the same look, just with a thin gold line between the colours.

Looks like a good rig, have fun with it! I like the tape - I'm curious what blue on the tops and celeste on the drops would look like.
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Originally Posted by retrofit View Post
(edit: If you're not entirely happy with the specialized stem, I have a black Bianchi branded ITM stem, though I'm not sure if would give you enough rise to meet your preferred riding style. PM me if you're interested in pics.)
Likewise, I might be interested in the stem if you end up not using the stem.


Also, I love the frame. It's a cool look!
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Great bike. First time I've seen a frame pump that I like. The black accents are very cool, and bring in the rim and saddle color well.

A friend of mine has an adjustable stem that hinges in front of the steerer, just like the adjustable quills.
I'll find out where he got it, if you're interested.

I like the two-tone tape. This way, R and L are not quiz questions.
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Hey BG, do you know if this paint scheme (celeste with black stays and fork) is unique to the Trofeo's? I can't seem to figure out what model or year mine is, but it's got the same look, just with a thin gold line between the colours.

Looks like a good rig, have fun with it! I like the tape - I'm curious what blue on the tops and celeste on the drops would look like.
Bianchi calls this paint scheme "Argentin Celeste" to the best of my knowledge the only two bikes painted this way were the '88 Trofeo, and the elusive X-4 with SLX frame and engraved HT

can you post a pic of you bike?

thank you all for you fabulous comments I will answer your question when I return home
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I love it, you confirmed that Black rims work well on a classic build, thanks! But where are the Shorties
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It looks like this, no engraved headtube on mine, and definately newer than '88:

Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post


Bianchi calls this paint scheme "Argentin Celeste" to the best of my knowledge the only two bikes painted this way were the '88 Trofeo, and the elusive X-4 with SLX frame and engraved HT

can you post a pic of you bike?

thank you all for you fabulous comments I will answer your question when I return home
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Hello tashi; interesting Bianchi did you buy it used? the decals are certainly mid '90s and the unicrown fork is definitly '90s. are the dropouts vertical? I kind of think this is a 'custom' paint done by someone. I didn't think about blue on the bottom and celest on the top. I'll try that when I have to retape it.

Andrew the wheels are OEM. Bianchi tried hard to keep it al Italian so they use Miche hubs and FIR rims. however '87/'88 was about the time dark rims were becoming fashionable.
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Yep BG, I did get it used. I've tapped your knowledge before in this thread:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=#post10272155

and I think what we came up with was that it's a '92 something or other possibly from Reparto Course.

It could be a repaint, it does have that dull powdercoat look to it, but I kinda doubt that the last owner would have bothered with decals etc. Who knows what anyone else got up to with it before.



I thought about it a bit - blue on the top and celeste on the bottom might stay cleaner, depending on where your hands spend their time. Or you could get really wacky and have it one way on one side and the other way on the other...
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Yep BG, I did get it used. I've tapped your knowledge before in this thread:

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...=#post10272155

and I think what we came up with was that it's a '92 something or other possibly from Reparto Course.

It could be a repaint, it does have that dull powdercoat look to it, but I kinda doubt that the last owner would have bothered with decals etc. Who knows what anyone else got up to with it before.

I thought about it a bit - blue on the top and celeste on the bottom might stay cleaner, depending on where your hands spend their time. Or you could get really wacky and have it one way on one side and the other way on the other...
I am thinking only the reartriangle and fork were painted.

I was considering that. I had some blue and red bars wrapped like that for awhile.
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