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My "new" Bianchi(19 posts)

My "new" BianchiCraig Young
Jul 11, 2001 9:47 AM
Just got this back from the painters and built it up. The color is "celeste" until you get right up to it and notice it is silver / white pearled and is a touch bluer. Campy Record / Chorus mix and Campy Omega Strada Hardox V tubulars with Conti Sprinters (built the wheels myself with DT Revs front and NDS rear, 3X).

Boy is this a fun "retro" road rocket! Frame is a 1984 Reparto Corse built Columbus SL/SP mix, 54cm. Total bike weight is 20.7 lbs. Not bad for 80's steel. More pictures at:
Diggin the old school Bennetto bar tape. (nm)J.S.
Jul 11, 2001 9:50 AM
Diggin the old school Bennetto bar tape. (nm)Craig Young
Jul 11, 2001 9:54 AM
Actually, the bars aren't taped yet in that shot. You are seeing the few pieces of electrical tape used to hold the cables in place. I rode it for a week to get the position dialed in before I taped the bars. They have white Silva cork on them now. I will post another shot in the next day or two.
nice pictures of the welds...(nm)Mabero
Jul 11, 2001 9:52 AM
nice pictures of the welds...(nm)Craig Young
Jul 11, 2001 9:56 AM
Actually, those are lugs. This is an old school lugged steel frame, and the lugs are silver or brass brazed rather than welded. The older Columbus steels were not designed to be welded like the newer ones are.
mine's similar:Dog
Jul 11, 2001 9:57 AM
great bike; here's mine:

I see you got dual bottle cage braze ons. Cool.

mine's similar:Craig Young
Jul 11, 2001 10:01 AM
Nice bike. I have a 1985 or so Pinarello with a Super Record gruppo, minus the brakes (I use monoplaners with Campy aero levers, preferring to actually be able to stop!). The Pin is my daily rider when the weather turns iffy here in Chicago.
Do you use a Chicago shop to source old parts?AlexR
Jul 11, 2001 10:36 AM
Just curious.

Evanston, IL
Actually, most came from r.b.mCraig Young
Jul 11, 2001 10:43 AM
I know Robin Hubert at Licktons, but most of the parts on the Pinarello were accumulated off the internet. I have not found an LBS that I really like (I live in Wheaton), and I do all my own work on my bikes, so there doesn't seem to be much point in frequenting the local shops. Are you looking for something specific?
Looking for vintage lugged track framesAlexR
Jul 11, 2001 11:56 AM
wow...that's a beauty...Mabero
Jul 11, 2001 10:04 AM
I am always amazed when I am in a ride and I meet someone along the way that still has the downtube shifters and the old school brake levers...

Do you still ride it?
still ride itDog
Jul 11, 2001 10:15 AM
It's amazing how well it works after 20 years. The drivetrain is bullet proof, and requires so little maintenance compared to today's bikes. The chain is absolutely silent. I've replaced the wheels and saddle, but otherwise it's pretty much the same bike I bought in 1980.

re: Absolutely Silent!Craig Young
Jul 11, 2001 10:33 AM
Doug, you aren't kidding about how quiet these old friction bikes are, especially up against STI. I ride with a guy who is riding Ultegra, and I cannot even hear the drivetrain on the Pinarello. Even the freewheel is quiet. By way of contrast, his bike sounds like a pinball machine. Way noisy. Of course, he doesn't seem to keep it in very good adjustment, but even my Bianchi is a lot noisier than the Pinarello is.
re: My "new" BianchiRetroGrouch
Jul 11, 2001 10:14 AM
get rid of the salsa stem, and all that other newfangled stuff like the clipless pedals, ergo shifters, new cages and saddle, etc. Put some 6 or 7 speed freewheel wheels on, downtube shifters and non-aero brake levers, heavy sella italia turbo saddle.
re: My "new" BianchiCraig Young
Jul 11, 2001 10:29 AM
Why? I already ride two other friction bikes. If you look above, you will see that I already own and ride a Super Record Pinarello that provides plenty of retro opportunities, since I still ride it frequently. Here is a shot of the rear derailler. You can see more here:
Celeste - gotta love itMeDotOrg
Jul 11, 2001 10:23 AM
Celeste is one color that to me actually looks better with age. It's like the layer of oxidation gives it dignity, like a green patina on copper.

Anyway, beautiful bike. It will grow old gracefully.
re: My "new" Bianchimackgoo
Jul 11, 2001 11:30 AM
Who did the paint?
re: My "new" BianchiCraig Young
Jul 11, 2001 11:48 AM
A small custom framebuilder in Geneva, IL named Troy Courtney. The paint is german Spies Hecker, and started as an exact match to what was originally on my frame. He then added one or two drops of blue and used both silver and white pearl to deepen the finish. Troy has an excellent reputation around Chicago, and it was nice to be able to work with someone local to get what I wanted. To say I am pleased with the finish would be an understatement. The decals came from Ed Litton, who does Bianchi's factory repaints and repairs. He is in California. The decals are an exact match for what was on the frame originally.
My "New" RaleighHaiku d'état
Jul 11, 2001 12:48 PM
Late 60s/early 70s raleigh sprite, saved from certain death for $5, 8 minutes with an adjustable crescent wrench, and 20 minutes in the car (each way). It's kept company in my garage by a 3-speed Huffy with Sturmey/Archer components and a healthy layer of rust. (Winter entertainment.)

SEE MORE HERE (if ye dares).