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Bianchi Donna 28 Positron - Re-Imagined

Old 02-28-13, 10:40 PM
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Bianchi Donna 28 Positron - Re-Imagined

I was asking some questions with regards to my next project in another post here on the forum and I posted a couple pics of my last project. Some folks seemed pretty interested, and I know I always love seeing before and after stuff. Also, I had asked some questions about this project when I was working on it and I wanted to thank everyone for the help! I owe some results. I'm extremely pleased with how it came out. It was a gift for my mum for Christmas and she absolutely was in awe. The bike's actually sitting in the kitchen entryway for the winter as decor. She's very excited for the farmer's market to open so she can ride to the grocery!

I picked it up from Craigslist. I loved the swooping mixte frame and all the little details such as the engraved 'Bianchi' cranks arms, and the 'Bianchi' stamped fenders. I kept the intrinsic parts, and upgraded much of it, from Shimano's Positron system, to Campagnolo 8-speed.

Bianchi Donna 28 Positron Before:





Sandblasted the frame for powdercoating (color: RAL 6027 - almost an exact match to Jagwire's "celeste" brake cable housing by the way):



And after I re-decaled it, I had it clearcoated to protect all the decals.















Thanks for all the information guys!
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Old 02-28-13, 10:42 PM
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This is the first mixte I've ever liked. Well done
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Old 02-28-13, 10:46 PM
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Beyond cool
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My god, that is beautiful. Beautifully done!
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Old 02-28-13, 11:08 PM
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That is one dreamy bike, I love it. Is that a leather wrap on the kickstand?
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Outstanding, but you can come inside if you want. That's what we all wish our projects ended up like, classy & cool.
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Old 02-28-13, 11:37 PM
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Well played.

Almost too much celeste goodness. Almost...

I hope your mom enjoys riding it for many many years.
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Old 03-01-13, 12:52 AM
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"Oh my goodness that's amazing" was seriously my first reaction.
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Originally Posted by dyander View Post
That is one dreamy bike, I love it. Is that a leather wrap on the kickstand?
yeah, I've seen that around on these leather enhanced bicycles and I think it's a neat detail!

Thanks so much for the kind words all. I have to say that saddle is incredible. Like riding on a cloud.
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Old 03-01-13, 03:59 PM
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Aside from the fact that it really puts my humble little mixte to shame I love it! Can I ship mine to your for a makeover?
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Old 03-01-13, 04:24 PM
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that is totally cool. You mother has a very good kid
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Damn... that is a beautiful makeover.
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Aside from the fact that it really puts my humble little mixte to shame I love it! Can I ship mine to your for a makeover?
If you include a little plastic card or large check along with it, I would LOVE to do it! Because man, as much as I love doing the work, that certainly isn't the hard part. It's the financing!
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Stunning! Do you have a listing of the parts by any chance?
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Stunning! Do you have a listing of the parts by any chance?
This bike is largely rebuilt with non-original parts, so I have placed an * next to the parts that are original to the bike, as it came to me (which appeared to be stock). Also, many of the components I picked up off the bay, and some models weren't precisely labeled, and Campagnolo is notoriously ambiguous, so bear with me.

Model: Donna 28 Positron v6
Frame: 1020 steel (no branding that I could find)
Headset: 1" Campagnolo Stratos? Headset (threaded)
Bottom bracket: *Shimano asymmetrical
Crank: *Bianchi (likely just branded)
Brake Levers: Paul Canti Levers
Brake Calipers: Paul Center Mount Racer Calipers
Stem: Velo Orange threadless stem adapter and 110mm stem
Handlebars: Velo Orange Porteur (dia = 22.2)
Bar wrap: Brooks Honey Leather bar wrap
Wheelset: Campagnolo 8-speed Record hubs laced to 700c Mavic Open Pro clinchers
Tires: Panaracer Pasela Cream 700x28
Rear Derailleur: Campagnolo Athena 8-speed
Shifter: Paul Thumbie with Campagnolo friction lever (this took some DIY)
Cables: Jagwire Racer Celeste
Fenders: *Bianchi (likely just branded)
Seatpost: cheapo aluminum
Saddle: Brooks B33 Honey
Pedals: MKS Sylvan Touring Pedals

All cable stops and clamps Campagnolo.
Accessories: Silca Pump w/ Campagnolo head, VO striker bell, Wald rear baskets, Trelock built-in spoke lock, *kickstand, *chainguard
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Holy crap, OP. I've never seen a mixte soooooo beautiful.
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Old 03-02-13, 12:28 PM
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Well I say... Utterly beautiful!
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Cool bicycle.

My wife would look great on that Bianchi.
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