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Two Bikes, Which Should I Keep?

Old 01-25-17, 08:44 AM
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Two Bikes, Which Should I Keep?

2000 Bianchi M Alloy Pro, 7000 aluminium
- Campy Chorus 10-speed everywhere
- Mavic Ksyrium wheels

1997 Colnago Competition, "Crystal" steel oval tubing
- mix of Campy 9-speed Mirage (brakes), Xenon (shifters) and Chorus (f & r derailleurs)
- Mavic MA-40 w/Campy Mirage hubs

I can't keep both of these two bikes, as much as I'd like to, as I'm also building up another (a 1997 Litespeed Catalyst) that'll be a keeper. But I need to pay for it, too.

I enjoy both bikes, but I'm leaning towards keeping the Colnago. I have two other Bianchis that I'll keep (a Sprint 76 winter trainer with lots of "patina", and a '96 Ti Megatube that I'll take to the grave).

Would I be better off swapping the nicer Chorus 10-speed components & wheelset from the Bianchi onto the Colnago? It'll hurt the resale, but probably not by much. Might even be easier to sell a cheaper bike; and it'd improve the ride of the Colnago.

Just looking for some validation of my thought process , and to make sure I'm not overlooking something obvious. There might not be much in it either way.

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I'd keep the Colnago and do the wheel and group swap.
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Keep the Yeller One.
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Originally Posted by dougphoto
i'd keep the colnago and do the wheel and group swap.
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If you can't swap components i'd keep the bianchi. If you can then put the chorus and wheels on the 'Nago and sell the bianchi.
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Originally Posted by lsberrios1
If you can't swap components i'd keep the bianchi. If you can then put the chorus and wheels on the 'Nago and sell the bianchi.
Only thing that won't go over would be the BB, the Colnago's is Italian and the Bianchi's is BSA. But the cranks will swap just fine, as will everything else.

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Another vote for the Colnogo here. That Bianchi is nothing special...in my opinion.
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Originally Posted by dougphoto
I'd keep the Colnago and do the wheel and group swap.
My thoughts exactly!
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Originally Posted by dougphoto
I'd keep the Colnago and do the wheel and group swap.
Or Just keep the Bianchi
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What an agonizing decision to have to make! They're both gorgeous bikes.
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I thought it was N+1 not N-1+1
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Keep the aluminum bike, that steel one's going to explode!
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+1 for keep the Colnago but move the groupo.
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Yep. Keep the Colnago and do the swap.
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Not that you can have too many bikes, but you have a Klein, that's enough aluminum. More steel. Wait a minute... am I not in the C/V forum anymore?
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I'd keep whichever one I preferred the ride on. But from just an aesthetic POV I'd keep the Bianchi. That bike looks tight, imo.
I guess you could ask yourself, what if you had to lose all your bikes except for 1 and the choice was between those two bikes. Which would you keep?
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Majority opinion may rule, but I'm going to dissent. At first I was agreeing with everyone on keeping the Colnago and doing the swap like you said. But although I'm no fan of aluminum bikes, with their globby welds and all, there's something about that Bianchi... It seems kind of expressive and special, and I wouldn't want to let it go. The Colnago on the other hand is rather disappointing - just another prestige-brand vintage-y bike.
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If you get the rid of the Colnago, you might be a nut.
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After swapping the groupsets, I think I've improved the Colnago quite a bit, without degrading the Bianchi at all. I haven't done a road test on each yet (too damn cold and windy in Dublin at the moment), but I expect the Bianchi to work just as well as before, with the Campy-mix 9-speed; and I expect the Colnago to be much nicer with the Chorus 10-speed.
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Swap the components, keep the Bianchi, and sell me the Colnago. Problem solved.
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