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The New Classic Rigs and Rides Thread 1.1

Old 10-12-23, 09:05 AM
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Hi, I rcently found this bike and want to use it as a commuter bike. Must be from the 70s. I have no idea what brand it is. it says Markenrad on the top tube and royal everywhere else. Must be a kind of german mail order bike. Rides great and has some bags from the same time.


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Update the tape and ride as is. It is so clean and has all the key attributes of a commuter. Ditch the chicken brakes, or not. What a terrific find!
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I defintely will. I got the message that this is a Diamant frame build in the German Democratic Republic for western Germany under a different name cause of legal issues by MIFA-Werke between 1976-1978. So I was really lucky because it is pretty much all original parts. Its a perfect match to my old GRD scooter Simson Schwalbe.
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I put new tape on and went for a perfect ride. The bike runs very smooth so it's going to be a nice commuter. I have to replace the Lightbulb with a LED to get some light out of it.


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1983 Piaggio Bianchi, Japanese, Canadian spec. I found it in the garbage in an alley in Vancouver in 2006 and built it into a sort of upright roadster/3 speed.


My 1981 Colnago Super that I'm working on.
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Cool bike, even cooler KG in the background!
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That Bianchi you found in some alley garbage is a real beauty!
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Originally Posted by rols229
That Bianchi you found in some alley garbage is a real beauty!
Thanks, I believe it’s a Bianchi Special but the Canadian ones I’ve seen had the whole fork chromed. It was missing just the back wheel and had been sitting with the chainring in a puddle for some time. I put a mid sized chain ring up front on the smaller, and got a 54t which I filed the teeth off of for a chain guard. I laced a Sturmey Archer AW hub to a 700c wheel, Put MKS Touring pedals on it, and the upright bars and pulls, and the Pluetcher rack.. The grips are original from a 60’s I think BSA. The fenders are stainless Velo Orange. Since this pic, having got the Colnago as a dedicated “fast bike”, I swapped out the 17t rear cog for a 21t, added a rear fender reflector, and I’ve put a Brooks B66 spring seat, and a vintage Greenfield kickstand on it to fully lean into its cruiser status.

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Well, I live in Vancouver, so I will keep my eyes open for any more Bianchi's lying around in the alleys! Bike looks awesome, and great job on the restoration!
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