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Scored a 1999 Bianchi Campione (near mint)

Old 10-22-16, 12:51 PM
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Scored a 1999 Bianchi Campione (near mint)

Found this listed locally and went to see it. Cosmetically it was in great shape but like so many bikes that just sit the grease was a hardened mess. I actually spent most of the morning going over the bike, degreasing and then relubing. Still need to do the hubs.

I did do a short test ride on it the other day too that turned into a 22 mile ride. It rides nice even on the original rubber (still supple surprisingly) even though I did swap the tubes. Shifting was pretty good although the RD was being balky on upshifts. Hopefully that was sorted out today when I gave it a lot of attention.

Anyway, the pics taken from when I got it. It's cleaned up and pretty well sorted now. Oh and all the reflectors are gone, still need to take off the cassette and ditch the dork disc.









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And one from the morning after I finished on it.

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Nice! That's one good looking bike.
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Very nice indeed, that's going to be fun
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Beautiful bike.
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Wow, HOT. Wait, wrong thread... I still stand by my statement. Bianchi's deserve eye catching color schemes.
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Thanks all, it cleaned up so nicely today. I found 2 marks in the paint. One chip, much smaller than a BB on the non-drive side chain stay and then one about the size of a pinhead on the down tube. Outside edge of the pedals have some wear. Shifting is not as light and easy as the recent Athena 11 speed group sets I put on my Giordana and the Circuit. Not sure if that's the norm for Mirage or if maybe the cables and housings are a tad gunked up from age too making things work stiffer.

But all and all, it's pretty much brand new despite the age. Can't wait to get it fully sorted out and on the road.
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Very nice! It deserves a nicer saddle IMO.
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Very nice! It deserves a nicer saddle IMO.
LOL, that's what came on it. I haven't swapped it yet. The problem with so many nice rides like I have is having enough saddles that work for me to fit them all.
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That bike is all kinds of cool. Looks like it didn't get ridden much. Enjoy!
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what's the weight?
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Originally Posted by bleui
what's the weight?
23 lbs 12 ozs with the bottle cages, pedals, and all those reflectors.

Years ago I replaced some CXP-21/Shimano 105 hubbed wheels with a set of Williams System 30s and lost a pound of weight. I bet a cheap set of Zonda's on this would do about the same thing.

I'll wait and see if I keep it. My son wants a bike and I probably should clear out a couple.

But the thought of getting rid of any is.....
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Fantastic ride, I had a '96 campione (back in 96) that I really loved riding and racing. I miss that bike good to see one looking so good. How much did you pay for it?
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Fantastic ride, I had a '96 campione (back in 96) that I really loved riding and racing. I miss that bike good to see one looking so good. How much did you pay for it?
Well this one was a "harder" buy for me. Wasn't sure what was fair. The buyer had it listed for $400 and said it was mint. I made sure she was willing to deal before making the long drive to see it. She also said it was only about 10 years old and she was the original owner. Said when she bought it they told her it was the last one from the previous year but she wasn't really sure when I was.

I brought a copy of the printout from Bikepedia to show her that it truly had to be a 1999 since that was the only year of that color. I also brought a printout from Bicycle Blue Book showing that model to be worth a max of $237 if mint. Then as I looked over the bike I pointed out what issues I saw as expected. The easiest was to use the rollers on the chain to show how the grease had hardened by sitting for so long. They would barely roll. Honestly explained that this was the norm and that even though it looked mint, not riding and maintaining it causes problems and adds to the expense and time to get it back on the road. I deflated a tire too so I could see how dry and brittle it was. In that case that honestly wasn't an issue. These tires are supple and so no sign of dry rot. In fact I'm about to head out for another 20 mile test ride on it to see how it works now after yesterdays maintenance.

All that said, she took to heart what I said and the value showed by bicycle blue book and agreed on a price we both could be happy with.

It's so much easier when they are beat to crap but maintained, LOL!

I learned the hard way about buy a nice looking but not well maintained old bike. I've just now got this sweet old Giordana in a reliable condition. But when I got it the bike looked great but the old hard grease caused a lot of problems.

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As I suspected, the stem on this is steel. As I sort out the fit a nice light Cinelli will be going on it I believe.
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Well this one was a "harder" buy for me. Wasn't sure what was fair. The buyer had it listed for $400 and said it was mint. I made sure she was willing to deal before making the long drive to see it. She also said it was only about 10 years old and she was the original owner. Said when she bought it they told her it was the last one from the previous year but she wasn't really sure when I was.

I brought a copy of the printout from Bikepedia to show her that it truly had to be a 1999 since that was the only year of that color. I also brought a printout from Bicycle Blue Book showing that model to be worth a max of $237 if mint. Then as I looked over the bike I pointed out what issues I saw as expected. The easiest was to use the rollers on the chain to show how the grease had hardened by sitting for so long. They would barely roll. Honestly explained that this was the norm and that even though it looked mint, not riding and maintaining it causes problems and adds to the expense and time to get it back on the road. I deflated a tire too so I could see how dry and brittle it was. In that case that honestly wasn't an issue. These tires are supple and so no sign of dry rot. In fact I'm about to head out for another 20 mile test ride on it to see how it works now after yesterdays maintenance.

All that said, she took to heart what I said and the value showed by bicycle blue book and agreed on a price we both could be happy with.

It's so much easier when they are beat to crap but maintained, LOL!

I learned the hard way about buy a nice looking but not well maintained old bike. I've just now got this sweet old Giordana in a reliable condition.


sounds like a great deal, enjoy it
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Shifting is not as light and easy as the recent Athena 11 speed group sets I put on my Giordana and the Circuit. Not sure if that's the norm for Mirage or if maybe the cables and housings are a tad gunked up from age too making things work stiffer.
I just restored a neglected older bike, and it's amazing what a new set of cables and housings will do. Cheap and easy to do, but makes shifting and braking much more enjoyable.
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Originally Posted by jamesdak
As I suspected, the stem on this is steel. As I sort out the fit a nice light Cinelli will be going on it I believe.
Oh yeah, definitely steel. However, since it's welded from tubing rather than being a cast chunk of metal, it may not be as much heavier than an aluminum stem of the same size as you'd think. Might be stiffer, too. Doesn't win any beauty awards, though.
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i love the color!
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That is sweet!
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a traditional bend bar would look better
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Very, very nice. But I am puzzled. Were the Campy lower level groupsets equipped with hidden cables for both brakes and shifters that long ago?
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