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"Classic bike."(12 posts)

"Classic bike."look271
Nov 5, 2001 5:48 PM
Road my "new" old Bianchi into work today, Spent most of the morning setting it up, as close as I could, to my KG. I'd forgotten how nice and smooth a steel frame rides. A little squishy, but hey, it's from the early 80's. Also forgot how nice it is to have shifters on the hoods. Take your pick; Shimano, Campy, Mavic. They all beat downtube shifters. It shifts fine, though, and moves along quit well on those 27X1' "gumwalls." Would it be sacreligious to put ergo/sti shiters on it, padded bar tape, and a new, wider bar? BTW, my 7 year old said "another bike, Dad? How many do you need?!" She's been spending too much time with mom.
re: "Classic bike."Me Dot Org
Nov 5, 2001 9:31 PM
I know what you mean about downtube shifters. I crashed my new Bianchi this summer and had a month on my 1983 Fuji (w/Suntour) before I got a new bike. There really is a world of difference.

I think you could go for the wider bar without anyone noticing. Padded bar tape, you could probably slide by, but everyone's going to notice the shifters.

I guess it depends how much you're going to ride it, and how many hills you have to climb...

Buy your 7 year old a Schwinn Sting Ray. Maybe you can give her the bug :-)
re: "Classic bike."look271
Nov 7, 2001 3:10 PM
Just bought my 9 year old a Fuji mtb (trail bike, really.) The 7 year old gets the 9 year old's old bike-not a bad thing since the 9 yr old's old bike is in great shape. They both love to ride-my oldest wants to do an MS150 ride with me when she gets bigger. Guess I'll have to start saving for a tandem! (She will be as big as my wife or bigger in a year or 2 anyway, so I could kill 2 birds w/ 1 stone....) Maybe we can put a "trail-a-bike" on back for the 7 yr old.:-)
i hear ya.... sometimes i often wonder about progress!!!dupe
Nov 6, 2001 12:51 AM
Colnago Master Piu
complete campgnolo C-record, 3ttt bar and stem, regal girardi seat, alfredo binda straps, campy rims, conti sprinters.

always ride with a smile on my face. cant tell you how many favorable comments it attracts. and i cant fualt the way it rides and runs. heavier than my modern bike but no less enjoyable or satisfying for it.

ciao, ben
i hear ya.... sometimes i often wonder about progress!!!PeugeotSuccess
Nov 6, 2001 12:05 PM
Dupe, I just have to say that is one gorgeous looking bike!!
the way things are i may be forced to............dupe
Nov 6, 2001 1:58 PM
sell it.

i live in NYC and lets just say things haven't been exactly rosy. my dream will be looking for the right price as reality beckons.

ciao, ben
Go for it!tarwheel
Nov 6, 2001 5:57 AM
I upgraded my mid-80s lugged steel Bianchi with an Ultegra group from another bike. It's a little heavy, but the ride is fantastic. I mainly use it for a backup when my newer bike is in the shop or on slower recovery rides. The only problem I had with the old frame is that it only had one water bottle boss, but I found a Zefal "Gizmo" water bottle clamp that holds the cage without damaging the frame.
Well ..scottfree
Nov 6, 2001 6:14 AM
Tarwheel, this is a beautiful bike and I honestly mean no criticism because I had the urge last year to do this to my own mid-80s bike. I'd just sit and stare it it and imagine what it would look like/be like tricked out with STI. Finally decided it was just aesthetically not right to force a bike to be something it isn't.

Of course, it's an individual decision and I wouldn't criticize anyone for making it. As long as these old bikes are on the road, it's GOOD thing.
I understand the hesitationtarwheel
Nov 6, 2001 6:34 AM
My initial idea was to redo the old Bianchi with vintage Campy parts. It originally had Nuovo Record derailleurs but a mix of other components (Ambrosia wheels, Ofmega cranks, Universal brakes). After shopping around, it would have cost me a lot more money to restore the Bianchi with vintage parts. If you can get a nice deal on an old groupset, I agree that would be the way to go. But I had the Ultegra group, Mavic Open wheels, etc., from another frameset I was selling, so it seemed like the way to go. Ideally, I would have liked to install a new Daytona 10-speed group and keep it all Italian.

Anyway, if I had sold the old Bianchi with the original components, it probably would have brought $350 or so on eBay based on similar auctions I have seen. I was able to sell all the vintage parts from the old Bianchi, plus the new aluminum frame I didn't like, for about $700 total. My bike shop charged me about $250 to swap all the parts and install a new bottom bracket and headset. I also bought a new handlebar, stem. So, I got a backup bike for a very modest investment. It's not the lightest bike around, but it rides really nice and looks great.
Do with it what you want.nee Spoke Wrench
Nov 6, 2001 6:58 AM
Spend some time looking up bikes on the gallery and read the comments that people make about them. You aren't going to make them all happy no matter what you do. Might as well make yourself happy. After all, it is your bike.

Besides, if you decide you don't like it, you can always change it back.
re: "Classic bike."GregJ
Nov 7, 2001 8:07 AM
I wouldn't worry about the sacrilege part, who cares. But I would not be willing to spend the money to go to STI for an old bike like this. Why not put bar-ends on it? Then you won't have to change any other components.
re: "Classic bike."look271
Nov 7, 2001 3:03 PM
I'll probably scrounge around for used sti parts. I have newer brakes and can probably find some used stuff around. Might just keep the downtube shifters. though. I am only riding it to and from work and if it gets too messy out side to dirty my Look. I'll post a pic as soon as I 1-get my scanner fixed or 2-buy a digital cam!