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Posted By francophile

Given what I'm seeing, $350. But that's the...

Given what I'm seeing, $350. But that's the bottom of where I'd expect anyone to get to and I'm a cheapskate if it's not a brand I lust over. I also think $500 is the just north of high of where I'd...
05-04-21, 03:38 PM
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Posted By francophile

The B is not always consistently a B, either, it...

The B is not always consistently a B, either, it changes shape and sizes. I think someone at some point had a Greek stamping set and some models I've seen have a B reminiscent of a the BETA symbol...
05-04-21, 10:27 AM
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Posted By francophile

It would appear there's possibly a 1st character...

It would appear there's possibly a 1st character under the edge of the guide. Thus 1980.

Edit: Late to the party. Looks like T-Mar already gotcha.
Replies: 12
Views: 450
Posted By francophile

I really hoped we could see some more French...

I really hoped we could see some more French lovers on this one. It's truly a piece of history. I don't want to go crazy with tagging people. Maybe they'll show up if this hits enough replies...
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Posted By francophile

Huh. My size. Nice bike!

Huh. My size. Nice bike!
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Posted By francophile

Hi Nadia1976 The markings on as described...

Hi Nadia1976

The markings on as described were on virtually every Bianchi of that era. Really need to see clear pics of the bike, from the side with the gears preferrably. Always good to see...
04-23-21, 03:03 PM
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Posted By francophile

MATHS. Mathematical Anti Telharsic Harfatum...

MATHS. Mathematical Anti Telharsic Harfatum Septomin.

https://vimeo.com/77451201
04-23-21, 01:31 PM
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Posted By francophile

Welp, all I can say is "someone's getting a...

Welp, all I can say is "someone's getting a deal". Very underrated ride.
04-21-21, 12:34 PM
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Posted By francophile

fully agree on this. The Deore bits justify...

fully agree on this. The Deore bits justify almost half the ask price. But without knowing what either the 7000 or 730 are running, we can't say for sure if/how much better we're talking.
04-21-21, 09:09 AM
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Posted By francophile

It's a 501 sticker. Based on everything...

It's a 501 sticker.

Based on everything else, I think it's an '83 500. If it had a Super Custom triple, it would be a 520 (looks like the only notable diff from 500-520 that year is the freewheel...
04-20-21, 01:38 PM
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Posted By francophile

Not gonna lie, the Gazelle looks really nice. ...

Not gonna lie, the Gazelle looks really nice. But I'd really love to see more pics of that Microbus!
04-20-21, 12:50 PM
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Posted By francophile

Almost forgot to add. When you go to...

Almost forgot to add.

When you go to re-cable, you need to know, the Simplex levers with the sun around the S have notoriously small holes to hold the cable head, so much so it's common to find...
04-19-21, 04:23 PM
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Views: 770
Posted By francophile

This is what the hardware setup looks like. I...

This is what the hardware setup looks like. I have other angles available if you need them. Believe it or not, the bolt head fits inside that and sits with the threaded shaft sticking outward. Then...
04-19-21, 04:02 PM
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Posted By francophile

Oh yeah ... and the fork is bent to hell. Head...

Oh yeah ... and the fork is bent to hell. Head tube isn't "steep". Fork is bent and so is the top tube.

PS - looks like it's also bucked enough it cracked the paint on the downtube here...
04-19-21, 03:58 PM
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Posted By francophile

C'mon bro, Herman Munster needs to ride too. ...

C'mon bro, Herman Munster needs to ride too.

https://superradnow.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/frankeinstein6do.jpg
04-19-21, 03:23 PM
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Posted By francophile

You can pretty consistently get the Michelin...

You can pretty consistently get the Michelin Dynamic Classic tires under $15, sometimes cheaper. Right now PBK has them for $12.99, and they're good tires for the price:...
04-16-21, 11:02 AM
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Posted By francophile

Saw this Viner "Special Touring" pop up, my size,...

Saw this Viner "Special Touring" pop up, my size, and a decent price at $450 were it not for that massive whack in the DS fork blade. Not like I can talk, my Special Pro has a pretty gnarly whack on...
04-15-21, 06:38 AM
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Posted By francophile

If plump knobbies on a touring frame get me in...

If plump knobbies on a touring frame get me in the door, I guess I could post this one, eh?
(NB: before/after thread...
04-13-21, 07:48 PM
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Posted By francophile

The typical name you'll see here is...

The typical name you'll see here is "Frankenbike".
04-13-21, 07:37 AM
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Posted By francophile

Frankenstein + Flandria = Frankandria ...

Frankenstein + Flandria = Frankandria

Frankenstein being a term referring to a monster that's been sewed together from multiple pieces, like Frankenstein.
04-12-21, 07:45 PM
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Posted By francophile

Properly stripping chrome requires electricity...

Properly stripping chrome requires electricity and sodium hydroxide if I recall correctly. It's caustic, messy, dangerous, and banned in some places. As such, there's a premium to have this process...
04-12-21, 02:04 PM
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Posted By francophile

No. 1983. Date coding in that way wasn't used in...

No. 1983. Date coding in that way wasn't used in the early-mid 70s.
04-12-21, 01:43 PM
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Views: 1,004
Posted By francophile

The only thing I think anyone could give you beef...

The only thing I think anyone could give you beef about is the riser/tracker bar with BMX style grips, but seeing the bike with a proper old school drop-wrapped track bar BEFORE the other pics, I'd...
04-12-21, 11:29 AM
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Views: 1,004
Posted By francophile

Looks beutiful! Who ended up doing the frame...

Looks beutiful! Who ended up doing the frame refinishing work, I didn't see that listed? (sorry if I missed it)
And how'd you settle on black for the color? 9surely there must be a story)
04-12-21, 10:10 AM
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Posted By francophile

Excellent. Thanks for that tidbit, I didn't...

Excellent. Thanks for that tidbit, I didn't realize he'd done a video on one. I'd like to rebuild one I've got but after experiences (not bad, just tedious) overhauling Simplex and Huret mechs, I...
04-12-21, 09:22 AM
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Posted By francophile

Agree, maybe even more than 50%. However, these...

Agree, maybe even more than 50%. However, these specific spots, the darker spots, are typically what you'd see when the chrome has totally flaked off because chrome-steel bond has been compromised...
04-12-21, 09:05 AM
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Posted By francophile

Nah, fine or ultra-fine bronze wool (not steel...

Nah, fine or ultra-fine bronze wool (not steel wool!): https://www.homaxproducts.com/sundries/steel-wool/bronze-wool-fine-grade-3-pads

I personally prefer ultra-fine (0000 gauge) but fine (000...
04-12-21, 08:22 AM
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Views: 929
Posted By francophile

This ^^ The seller isn't being forthright...

This ^^

The seller isn't being forthright with you. That's not just "surface rust" and I say this because "surface" implies the corrosion is on top of the chrome. What you're showing in those...
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Posted By francophile

SoCaled looks like you have 10 posts and now...

SoCaled looks like you have 10 posts and now should be able to post up pics.
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Posted By francophile

The only downside I see here is the level of...

The only downside I see here is the level of rust. I think you could probably get $50-60 + shipping for these, but the buyer is going to literally be replacing everything: The pads, the hoods, the...
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Posted By francophile

This thread may take the trophy for most...

This thread may take the trophy for most 1-and-done forum posters :D
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Posted By francophile

Cotterless crank is a big plus, as is the rear...

Cotterless crank is a big plus, as is the rear mech being in the SX family, based on appearance. If no teeth missing on the pulleys and front mech band isn't cracked, and it's fully serviced, In my...
04-02-21, 08:44 AM
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Posted By francophile

Don't forget to add to the heap when it arrives: ...

Don't forget to add to the heap when it arrives: https://www.bikeforums.net/classic-vintage/1192615-show-us-bikes-bought-via-ebay-craigslist-finds-thread.html
04-01-21, 07:21 PM
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Posted By francophile

Rear mech needs a solvent bath. Shiny everything...

Rear mech needs a solvent bath. Shiny everything on the bike, then you get to the rear mech and it's loaded with gunk :D

I question whether it's actually a Lazzaretti, a pantographed crank in...
04-01-21, 08:37 AM
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Views: 340
Posted By francophile

I recently sold a stack of Stornlight P3/V4...

I recently sold a stack of Stornlight P3/V4 headset parts, I think it all went to Iniezione

He may be able to help you replace with something stock. If not, and all you need is the bottom cup, I...
03-31-21, 09:46 AM
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Views: 1,217
Posted By francophile

Agree on all the above. Seat post diameter and...

Agree on all the above. Seat post diameter and whatever thread pitch is showing on the drive side fixed (or non-fixed maybe) cup would be very helpful.

Badge holes could be possible match to...
03-31-21, 08:22 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,217
Posted By francophile

I'm getting lower-mid-grade Bianchi vibes here,...

I'm getting lower-mid-grade Bianchi vibes here, but I don't know enough about the brand to say whether they ever used a two-hole headbadge or Gipiemme dropouts.
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Posted By francophile

Chrome is a metal plating. What you're seeing is...

Chrome is a metal plating. What you're seeing is the chrome coating flaking off and revealing raw steel underneath - not good. This can happen when you combine time/age with either (a) poor care...
03-30-21, 08:15 PM
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Posted By francophile

That's really damn clever. I'd pay some dollars...

That's really damn clever. I'd pay some dollars to get that in a Pinarello version for my FIL.
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Posted By francophile

I was really hoping to see how this one panned...

I was really hoping to see how this one panned out on eBay but I guess the OP got cold feet, cancelled all bids, and pulled their eBay listing prior to auction end. Darn. Guess we'll never know.
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03-25-21, 07:01 AM
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Views: 943
Posted By francophile

Totally. And the kid I got it from was completely...

Totally. And the kid I got it from was completely oblivious to the tragedy. I guess this is what happens when something is inherited without inheriting the value. He saw it as a tool versus a prize...
03-24-21, 02:02 PM
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Views: 943
Posted By francophile

I appreciate you tagging him. I wasn't going to...

I appreciate you tagging him. I wasn't going to break the news on the Mavic, that's his story to tell.

And seeing that picture Wildwood posted ... Oh, the sellers remorse! I've had this Mondia...
03-23-21, 03:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 943
Posted By francophile

tl;dr - to be blunt, it's fuuuuuuuuuuuggered up....

tl;dr - to be blunt, it's fuuuuuuuuuuuggered up. I don't think it's worth shipping, although I'm fairly certain the fork is good (can toss in a jig to check). Bike was professionally repainted but...
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Views: 764
Posted By francophile

There are some tall guys on BikeForums who'll pay...

There are some tall guys on BikeForums who'll pay top dollar for a bike in their size and this pristine condition, so don't sell yourself short.

You may want to (a) make enough replies to get you...
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Views: 764
Posted By francophile

Pic assist here. Link to gallery: ...

Pic assist here. Link to gallery: https://www.bikeforums.net/g/album/20908377

This is a beaut. This is easily a $800 - $1,000 bike IMO, possibly hard to sell b/c you'd need to be 6'6" or larger...
03-19-21, 05:25 PM
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Views: 1,151
Posted By francophile

Fairly certain they did - leather tape typically...

Fairly certain they did - leather tape typically darkens with use, as oils and skin penetrate it. The one you chose is - I believe - to match the color in darker saddles once worn. The lighter one is...
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Posted By francophile

brixxton , like it or not, bikemig is right on...

brixxton , like it or not, bikemig is right on this one, for several reasons:

1) The 531 decal on the eBay bike is a sticker - a bike of that era would use a waterslide decal, often under...
03-19-21, 11:00 AM
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Views: 389
Posted By francophile

Killer deal on v-brake pads, good deal on canti and block pads

In several threads recently there's been discussion of "how to make money on flips" and getting good products at budget in bulk.

FYI, I was hunting around for something yesterday and found...
03-18-21, 07:50 PM
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Posted By francophile

Hey hey hey, and you can trip nuts on the...

Hey hey hey, and you can trip nuts on the brugmansia while you're at it. :innocent:
03-18-21, 07:48 PM
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Views: 378
Posted By francophile

AUPedla not sure it helps, but see this RE:...

AUPedla not sure it helps, but see this RE: Hoods. Shimano ST-6400 & ST-1055 (600 Ultegra Tricolor & 105) hood compatibilty...
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