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Need advice on a prospective Bianchi purchase.

Old 06-06-11, 02:42 PM
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Need advice on a prospective Bianchi purchase.

Hey!

I'm new to bicycling and am looking to buy a road bike to commute to work as well as to use as my main form of local transportation. I found this craigslist post for an 58cm 87' Bianchi Brava Campione Del Mondo and was wondering if I could get a little advice as to what questions I should (or should not) ask the owner when I go to test ride the bike. Also, do any of you folks happen to know the value of this bike? Below is a link to the post. Thanks so much in advance!!

https://slo.craigslist.org/bik/2422905841.html
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Old 06-06-11, 03:27 PM
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You'd be better off posting this in the Classic & Vintage forum. They even have a thread specifically for valuation. $400 seems a little high at first glance, but it is a nice beauty in great shape. Chain might need replacing if that's rust.
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Looks like he is charging a Bianchi tax on that bike.

Are you looking at it because it says Bianchi?
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And your kinda tall too?

After looking at the bike I think the seller means if you're 6'1" to 6'4" that seat post won't go any lower.

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Haha, yeah I've been asking around and have heard that Bianchi put(s) out fantastic bikes and happened to come across this craigslist post today. I was looking for something that wouldn't break the wallet. Also, I'm 5'11" and have test-rode a few bikes at 58cm that seemed to fit pretty well, I have long legs.
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a good frameset is a good frameset. Don't let the sticker on the bike mandate what frame maker you buy. Especially on a 20+ year old bike, this is even less important.

If you want an Italian bike, get an Italian bike, but don't buy one just because of the sticker on the frame.

how firm is this guy on his price?

https://slo.craigslist.org/bik/2404193517.html
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Everything on that Bianchi is outdated. It may have collector or sentimental value but IMO not worth $400.
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$400 is probably high. That bike is worth $275-$350 here in Chicago.
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