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My Formula Two Bianchi story

Old 05-25-11, 06:50 PM
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My Formula Two Bianchi story

Picked up this Celeste Green Bianchi road bike a few weeks ago for basically a couple hundred dollars.

I traded it for my 2001 Diamondback hybrid; I valued the bike at about $300 give or take.
I used it for daily driving around the city. The Bianchi isn't replacing its duties, so i'll have to pick up another daily driver.



This is the Bianchi as the seller had posted it



a few pics of myself and my pride and joy the night i got it home:





The brake lever hoods were to first get attention. Until i get new ones, I'll try to salvage these for the time being. Went at them heavy with toothpaste and a toothbrush to remove the grease and grime.

Then I replaced the bar tape that had served its purpose, with some Celeste green cork style tape.
The Selle Italia saddle and Bianchi seat post were in rough shape as well so i swapped over the Bontrager units off my Trek 1.5 ...for now. I think I eventually want to go brown leather bar tape and saddle. So i'm currently looking into Brooks saddles.

I put some elbow grease into the Original Celeste green paint with some rubbing compound. It came out pretty good, and then layed on some wax for good measure.

The front and rear reflective tape on the fork and rear downtubes were to get attention next.

Onto some pictures!!

Ofmega head set is original I'm told. Nicely upgraded Nitto stem and handlebar are not original







"before" shot of the rear Campy derailleur (Original)



Stronglight crank (not sure if original or not)

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Famous Columbus Tubing











some shots with reflective tape still on and and before components were cleaned








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I think it cleaned up pretty good!

This is during the reflective tape removal and rear derailleur tear down:
Sneaking the 1.5 in the pic







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Front forks soaking in a adhesive removing product












That old Campagnolo gear cleans up some nice, very quality components for its day.
Any advice/comments/questions welcome about the bike. This vintage stuff is completely new to me so I'm still learning. But i do love this bike already, even that haggard old downtube shifting hahaha

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great story and fabulous pics. I don't have the patients to remove my red tape so it on to stay!
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haha i wasn't looking forward to taking it off at all, as it was obvious it was on really good
i would say about 8 hours total for all 4 stickers, and fingernails gone, about a litre of goo gone and industrial adhesive remvoal (called "900"). In the end the best method was to use a heat gun or hair dryer, and it came off a little easier.
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