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'80s Maroon Bianchi Limited w/ Chrome Fork. Is this a 1986?

Old 09-16-12, 07:36 PM
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'80s Maroon Bianchi Limited w/ Chrome Fork. Is this a 1986?

Picked up this Bianchi Limited today for $100, and I'm not sure what year it is. Can anyone help? I'm thinking 1986.

Serial Number LS17866

Suntour Cyclone Derailluer

Has a Piaggio sticker

Needs a little shining. Came with an headlight that works off the friction on the tires.

Didn't realize it was a big frame until I picked it up. Figured $100 was too good to pass up.

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Old 09-16-12, 07:50 PM
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It looks more like an '83ish bike because of the decal style. Unless you near or in Canada the chrome fork is very likely a replacement



An '86 would have a Columbus frame and I think 600 components
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
It looks more like an '83ish bike because of the decal style. Unless you near or in Canada the chrome fork is very likely a replacement



An '86 would have a Columbus frame and I think 600 components
thanks for the clarification. Is there any comparable Bianchi models I can trade this for. I need a smaller frame.
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Another '93 through 85 Limited. You might find someone willing to trade but chances are you have to take a lower end bike like Sport SS or Special. Your best bet is to watch for a Bianchi frame from that erra they come up from time to time. what size do you need?
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It's a 1982 model.
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ppphase - What is the tubeset on this year Limited? My Limited is a different year (but close) and has Ishiwata tubing, "Superset" was the term for mixed gauge tubing. How much smaller a frame do you need? Where do you live?
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ppphase - What is the tubeset on this year Limited? My Limited is a different year (but close) and has Ishiwata tubing, "Superset" was the term for mixed gauge tubing. How much smaller a frame do you need? Where do you live?
Thanks for the input T-Mar and Bianchigirll. I knew you guys would nail it.

The bike has the 022 Ishiwata Sticker on it. I'm looking for a 54CM frame or somewhere close. I'm located in New Jersey.
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The bike has the 022 Ishiwata Sticker on it. I'm looking for a 54CM frame or somewhere close. I'm located in New Jersey.
Thanks. My 1984 has 022 Ishiwata labels on the fork, but the seattube sticker calls out "Superset" - Ishiwata mixed guage. I wonder if it changed from your '82?

I think you have a very tradeable bike, if yours rides like my 84.
Good geometry (leaning towards racy, not a tourer), plenty stiff in the larger size, flat crown fork (well only a slight slope), top tube is relatively short for height so a nice tight cockpit is possible. Solid rider, suberb with tubular wheelset. Not sure how it would feel in a much smaller frame.

Look at other threads and Classic Sales and post a Want To Trade.
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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
Another '93 through 85 Limited. You might find someone willing to trade.... . Your best bet is to watch for a Bianchi frame from that erra they come up from time to time. what size do you need?
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Don't settle for a bike with lesser components or in shabbier shape, if trading for a bike from the same era. As I said in other post - this is a good frame. However, Italian frames usually have a higher market.

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That is one big a$$ bike
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Originally Posted by Wildwood View Post
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Don't settle for a bike with lesser components or in shabbier shape, if trading for a bike from the same era. As I said in other post - this is a good frame. However, Italian frames usually have a higher market.
Thanks for the input. I'm going post it up on the Classic Sales and Trade Posts to see what I can snag. If anything it's going back on Craigslist not sure how many big riders are out there.
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Trade it for cash, then use the cash to buy a bike that you want.

Takes a while to find a big buyer, but they are out there.
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Your frame looks exactly like my 54cm, but I think my components are newer than 1982... I posted a thread about it here. Anyone know what year it was sold?


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