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Paging DougS, Mr. Celeste for Bianchi advise(6 posts)

Paging DougS, Mr. Celeste for Bianchi adviseFixie-ated
Apr 11, 2003 12:02 PM
I suddenly had an urge for something in Celeste and came across an early 90's Bianchi. The frame and fork are in great shape and the price was right (<$70.00) so I scooped it up.

Much to my suprise, I find that I may have an Italian bike made in Tiwan. Is that the usual practice or did I just buy the Italian version of an American bike (Huffy) made in Tiwan??

Thanks for the info.
not doug but my other screen name is bianchi boytarwheel
Apr 11, 2003 12:24 PM
Bianchi's higher-end models are made in Italy and generally have a decal somewhere that says "Reparto Corse" or something like that as well as a Made in Italy sticker. The Taiwanese frames are made to Bianchi specifications. I wouldn't sneer at it just because it's made in Taiwan. However, the higher-end models are Italian. At least you don't have to agonize whether to put Campy or Shimano gear on it.
Is it Taiwan or Japan?desmo
Apr 11, 2003 12:30 PM
The mid range 80's Japan built models are pretty nice. Full Tange with clean lugs. The current Pista's and such are made in China somewhere, and are well done. No "mystique", but try to have fun anyway.
At least it's Celeste.MR_GRUMPY
Apr 11, 2003 12:39 PM
What kind of tubes does it have? It's hard to tell, but is it both tig welded with a seat lug?
It should be fine for general riding. It doesn't look like it has the ovalized down tube like the RC models have, but so what! Just ride it and have fun. Just remember, it's always sunny out when you're riding a celeste steel Bianchi.
for $70DougSloan
Apr 11, 2003 12:58 PM
For $70, I wouldn't care where it was made. Yes, some say "Made in Italy" on them. Some don't.

Mercedes, BMW, Volkswagon, Toyotas, etc., are made in the US, among other places. Sort of a global market.

Just don't tell anyone and no one will know. :-)

VWs in America? Not since the early 80s.Fez
Apr 11, 2003 7:21 PM
Most VWs are made in Mexico. That's why the ads cleverly state "German Engineered."

The Passat is the only model sold in here that is made in Germany.

But between the Porsche Boxsters and Audi TTs made in Finland, and the BMWs made in South Africa, who really cares?