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Good second bike(9 posts)

Good second bikejtolleson
Dec 20, 2001 12:23 PM
I've been craving an affordable steel ride to supplement my Litespeed, which is certainly overkill for those lazy 20 milers on the bike path... not to mention that I'd never lock it up outside a movie theater.

I'm not looking for a total beater rain bike, but something that is still nice to ride. I'm interested in steel 'cause it has been nearly a decade since I last had a steel ride.

Soooo, I'm eyeing this Bianchi on eBay and soliciting thoughts. I think the price is about $25 too high and notice there are no bids yet. I was thinking about emailing the seller if it doesn't sell. I've kinda always wanted a Celeste Bianchi. Anyone know anything about the early 90s Alfana?

http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1049367915&r=0&t=0&showTutorial=0&ed=1009139886&indexURL=0&rd=1
looks decentDog
Dec 20, 2001 1:12 PM
I think you may want to factor in pedals, and a good chance you'll replace the saddle and maybe tires. You may have spares lying around, though.

Not sure that bike would be "unsteal-worthy", though, but at least you would not have lost as much. A Litespeed would certainly be stolen.

Looks like a decent bike, and appears to have had the photos taken in a bike shop. Should be well cared for.

I'd go ahead and e-mail. You never know.

I love Bianchi Celeste. I almost have my wife talked into naming our child, if a girl, Celeste.

Dog
re: Old Bianchiguido
Dec 20, 2001 1:51 PM
Prestige tubing was possibly the best Tange made back then, about like Columbus SL. 22# bike? It was probably made in Taiwan for the American market.
About Tange PrestigeElefantino
Dec 20, 2001 2:14 PM
I had a KHS steel bike made out of this steel tubing and it was my main steed for 10 years (1989-99). Wonderfully resilient, stiff enough. My bike was Shimano 600 (not 105), but not that much different from this Alfana.

As for the price ... I sold my KHS a year and a half ago for $300.

FWIW,
Mike
re: Good second bikegtx
Dec 20, 2001 2:37 PM
I remember selling those when I worked in bike chops circa 1992. If I'm thinking of the same bike I think they also came in blue/white. Great bike for the money in my opinion--Bianchi geometry/ride with Taiwan quality! I think it's worth $275. I think they were about $800 new. Loose the stem and seat and you'll be in business.
Thanksjtolleson
Dec 20, 2001 3:13 PM
Yep, I've got extra tires and even an extra saddle hanging around. Since I just bought the CF seatpost for the LS, I could even swap seatposts (I presume a 27.2 on the Bianchi?) if needed.

I just don't know my steel that well and appreciate your input. I also like the low maintenance bar-end shifters (I really don't need STI on a second bike, but didn't want downtubes).
If I remember correctly.....cioccman
Dec 21, 2001 8:40 AM
and you a person here that had the unfortunate experience of buying the Lightspeed that you now feel is too big, careful. I don't know much if anything about Bianchi, however, all the overseas made rigs I've purchased have been measured c-c, thus making the c-t measurement generally 2cms larger. So, if you're thinking the 53cm LS was too big and now you're looking for a 52, that Bianchi just *might* be closer to a 54cm t-t measurement. Just something to think about.....

Good luck.
what ever happenedzzz
Dec 20, 2001 5:34 PM
What ever happened on the Serotta size cycle fitting and your dissatisfaction with the fit of your Catalyst? From this question I gather we were unsuccessful in convincing you on the your desperate need for a Serotta or Seven.
For the future...jtolleson
Dec 21, 2001 9:29 AM
the replacement of my high-end steed, if needed, will come later in the spring. Trying to get past the holidays before the size cycle fitting. Also I just got out of a cast, so no Serotta size-cyle yet!

But trust me, no $2500 investment (give or take) will be complete without such attention to detail.

As for this, it is kind of a totally different inspiration. Cheap, steel, Celeste, and more for knockabout rides (may even just put old toe traps on it) and for lending to others when needed. So, I thought I could probably take a chance on the 52cm measurement, especially if the price stays down. I've owned a 52cm in both Cannondale and Specialized in the past (though I know those are both US).

Hmmmmmm.