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Traded in my baby today...

Old 08-27-08, 06:48 PM
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Traded in my baby today...

I traded in my old Bianchi:



for this:



So did I do a good thing? I took for a test spin and it feels like night and day compared to the Bianchi. No more old and worn out suntour, now i have a 105 and Dura Ace mix. I'll post a pic of my actual bike after I get fitted for it and pick it up Friday. I am still feeling kind of down for trading the Bianchi. I was a unique color and have yet to find another.
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Old 08-27-08, 06:50 PM
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you traded your soul away to the devil...
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Old 08-27-08, 06:52 PM
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ehh, I would have kept it for the frame.

how much did it get you towards your new one?
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Originally Posted by illenvillain View Post
you traded your soul away to the devil...
Don't worry, when I retire from the Navy in 10 years, I am going to buy a new Bianchi in Italy!!! But this Giant will do for now.
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blasphemy!
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Originally Posted by squidroadie View Post
Don't worry, when I retire from the Navy in 10 years, I am going to buy a new Bianchi in Italy!!! But this Giant will do for now.
im not worried at all... i still got my vintage beauty
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$500, My LBS will probably sell for $600 + after fixing it up. I just couldn't justify spending the money to upgrade everything, when for a few hundred more I could get a brand new bike.
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You did well mate.
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Originally Posted by squidroadie View Post
Don't worry, when I retire from the Navy in 10 years, I am going to buy a new Bianchi in Italy!!! But this Giant will do for now.
Long term plan much?
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I was going to say boo, but I can understand the $500. That's a healthy chunk to put toward a new one. It would have been a tough decision for me to make either way though. Classy steel frames are always great to hang onto to use as a backup, and to tinker with and slowly update/improve. I hope you're Giant provides as much reliability that this old steed most certainly did, and gets you riding more. If that's the case, than it'll be completely justified. So off you go. Enjoy. =)

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Originally Posted by Nachoman View Post
Long term plan much?
Got to keep my eye on the prize. If you fail to plan you plan to fail! (by the way this is modern day "Navy talk")
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Old 08-27-08, 07:18 PM
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Some LBS's allow you to trade in bikes?
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Thanks for the positives, I plan putting a lot of miles on this puppy!
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someone's gonna make a sweet little conversion outta that bianchi.
as soul-less as a plastic giant is compared to a lugged steel bianchi, i'm sure it feels like night and day. enjoy the new ride.
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Smart money is on the squid, regardless of what he is riding...

I'm just saying, Chipcom...
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enjoy the new ride you did great on the trade in
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Old 08-27-08, 07:49 PM
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Well I'm still riding my (older model) Bianchi. It's a '96 Alfana in Bianchi green, with less than 1500 total miles on it since I bought it new.

I was seriously thinking of selling it, or trading it in on a new bike, as I hadn't ridden it in 12yrs, and now that I've just gotten back into cycling, I've been feeling like I'm riding a dinosour...amidst all the alum, carbon fiber, and ti bikes that everyones rockin. Much to my surprise, however, at the last two century rides I did with it here in the last 2 wks, I've gotten a number of compliments on it from an assortment of people during the rides. Surprising how many people have a nostalgic affection for "lugged steel" frames - and Bianchi's.

I think I'll keep it. Even if I do get a new ride (I've been looking at the Giant OCR offerings, in addition to others) I'll probably keep it and use it for a trainer.

I've never seen a Bianchi in the color of yours, and I'm shocked that they gave you that much for it on trade; perhaps that color enhances the value?
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I've never seen a Bianchi in the color of yours, and I'm shocked that they gave you that much for it on trade; perhaps that color enhances the value?
I think the color was key. The group I ride with has a lot of rich retired guys in it and they kept giving me compliments in front of the LBS owner so I think he knows it'll go quick.
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I think you did alright. I was torn between the Giant and the Specialized. I finally went with the Specialized because it felt better to me. I think you got a pretty nice bike, that will keep you happy for a lot of years. Good luck and have fun riding it.
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How old was yours? I'm guessing it's gotta be older than mine, what with the Suntour componentry and downtube shifters. Mine has RSX group w/STI shifters, and Ambrosia wheels. I still like it - but I wish it was lighter; particularly when I'm climbing one of several 3+ mile x 9% grade hills, during a mountain century ride.
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Originally Posted by squidroadie View Post
Got to keep my eye on the prize. If you fail to plan you plan to fail! (by the way this is modern day "Navy talk")
True dat!
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True dat!
That's the same thing I told the guy at the LBS, as I walked in with my tacoed wheel.

He took one look at it and said, "F'Dat!"
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Thats pretty funny
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Originally Posted by Nota View Post
How old was yours? I'm guessing it's gotta be older than mine, what with the Suntour componentry and downtube shifters. Mine has RSX group w/STI shifters, and Ambrosia wheels. I still like it - but I wish it was lighter; particularly when I'm climbing one of several 3+ mile x 9% grade hills, during a mountain century ride.
It's a 1986.
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You did very well getting $500 credit for the Bianchi. Honestly, a portion of that $500 is a discount on the new bike.

You would have been unlikely to hav been able to sell a 1986 Bianchi with "worn out" Suntour components for $500.

For example, this 1980's Bianchi, with Campy Nuevo Record only brought $410 on Ebay.
http://cgi.ebay.com/1980s-Celeste-Bi...d=p3286.c0.m14
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