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Can you tell me about this Bianchi Touring bike????

Old 06-17-12, 11:43 AM
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Can you tell me about this Bianchi ????

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Old 06-17-12, 01:04 PM
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What do you want to know ? Probably sourced from a Japanese maker
and sold under the Bianchi label during the height of the 80's "Touring
Bike Boom". I have a similarly made Bianchi Pro made from the same
Ishiwata tube set that I like very much.......mine compares favorably in
ride and handling to some of the small maker custom frames.

It's a good, higher end, Japanese production bike that was made just
before the yen and the dollar exchange went all to hell and bike manufacture
moved mostly to Taiwan and Giant............I think. If so, should have
a made in Japan label on it somewhere.

I have a slightly older one around here somewhere with a double crankset
and probably a lesser grade of tubing. Rides pretty good. Yours is much
better in finish.

Anything is possible, but I'm skeptical that it was bought as a frame and
built up with those components........probably came as equipped.
All of that stuff is well made, functional, and easy to repair.
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Here's mine, it's a bit big so I'm going to be finishing it up and selling it sometime... needs a new headset still. Mine came to me in really rough shape with mismatched steel wheels on it. It had a suntour mountech rear DR but that was toast as well as a nice shimano deerhead FD that was also completely pooched. The racks and bottle cages weren't on it either but I think they are pretty close to what would have been available at the time... genuine jim blackburn bottle cage to match the racks. I like the ride of this bike too and think it's a well made machine.
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Japanese made Bianchis should be more sought after as in many cases, they are superior to their Italian counterparts in their quality of construction and parts... have seen very few of their touring bicycles as they produced these when touring bicycle production was at an all time low.
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Originally Posted by 3alarmer
I have a similarly made Bianchi Pro made from the same
Ishiwata tube set that I like very much.......mine compares favorably in
ride and handling to some of the small maker custom frames.
and I have an '84 Bianchi Limited made with Ishiwata tubing that is a favored rider.

Does anyone know which Japanese builder produced the early 80s Bianchis?
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Great looking Bianchi. You bikies are different up there in the great white north so I am not certain of a specific model. I do agree that the ishawata 022 puts the quality of the bike in the level of an upper midlevel machine.

Near as I can tell judging from the decals, I beklieve it is an early '80s bike. I suspect aside from the RD, and the Cineli bar/stem the bike is pretty well stock.



An intersting tidbit in the US catalogs the 'touring' models have side pull brakes while the "Randonneurer" models have cantilever brakes.

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Originally Posted by Wildwood
and I have an '84 Bianchi Limited made with Ishiwata tubing that is a favored rider.

Does anyone know which Japanese builder produced the early 80s Bianchis?

I believe Bianchi had a long relationship with a company called Meridia or something like that. I recall when I was at interbike in '89 or '90 the sales reps kept making reference to moving production 'back to Meridia because of QC and specing issues'. I coud be wrong on the name though.
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Originally Posted by CPSC
You can identify your model year by inspecting the fork crown to see if it has a "B" on it. Only Randonneur bicycles without a "B" are subject to this recall.
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I've only seen a few, but the Bianchi Randonneurs that I've seen didn't have rack mounts.

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Originally Posted by not_me

Anyone know which is correct??
https://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml90/90138.html
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Originally Posted by not_me
I doubt they honour a recall on a 28 year old bike.
Let us know how far you get with a recall/replacement request, esp since you aren't the original owner. I feel certain few at Bianchi know diddily about an 80's bicycle, certainly no one involved with customer service. With C&V you're on your own, thank goodness for this (and other) forums.
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Originally Posted by roburrito
I've only seen a few, but the Bianchi Randonneurs that I've seen didn't have rack mounts.
I have never seen one inperson but the in pics and the catalog I never saw rack mounts. Also according to the catalogs the Ranndonneurers had a Mangalloy frame/fork (HHMmmm could that be why the recal?) and vertical dropouts.

Now Then we are talking about a Canadain bike and their bikes were different than ours. were the Canadian bikes subject to the recall?
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I'm still not 100% convinced that your bike is the same as the recalled Randonneurs.

The one I have here is earlier than yours, has nor rack mounts (I use P clips),
and has no indication of a tubing sticker. What you have there seems to be a
later, higher quality production run of the same kind of japan made tourer.

As BG states, Canadian products have been different from those sold in the States
over the years, and if you read the recall, it states clearly that they are talking
about 1,500 bikes sold between 82 and 84. Contact Bianchi, but I'd bet no one
will know what the hell you're talking about.

Check your fork with a critical eye now and in the future every now and then.
Forks that fail in this way don't usually do so without some warning.

I dug mine out, and I'll snap a photo so you can see the differences. I rode
it over to the Home Depot today, just because of your thread.
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Here's an American one, with the pantographed fork..

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Even if the rake is a little different, you're usually good. For the money,
that looks like a very nice replacement fork, and much cheaper than
facial reconstructive surgery.

I've actually changed the rake a little bit on at least one bike and I liked
the handling better. The replacement had less rake overall, so the bike
handled a little "quicker". A lot depends on what you want to do with
this particular bike.
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I found a 1980's Bianchi Randonneur in the largest size 25", that I am building up. It is strange that it has such a short top-tube (57cm) for the 63" seat tube. I would have assumed it would have a 60cm top-tube in that size; especially since the smaller size 23" frame has the exact same 57cm top-tube.


In order to get it to fit me I plan on putting on a 130mm stem instead of my typical 100mm stem. Does anyone know whether this will adversely effect the handling?

Mine has Tange stickers on the front fork (that has the B stamp), but none on the downtube (it's peeled off). Also it is dark green, which is the only one of that color that I could find online.


From the 1983 catalog: bulgier.net - /pics/bike/Catalogs/
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