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1966 Bianchicrackmunch
Jun 28, 2002 5:35 AM
Im going to be looking at a 1966 bianchi raod bike. I have no clue what model it is but i do know the wheels will probably need to be rebuilt. But above and beyond that I know its in generaly good shape. I know this is vauge discriptoion but I need your help. How much is to much to pay and what not. Also what should i look for in a bike that is this old. What are common Problem areas? Thanks for any information.
From Sheldon Brown:tronracer
Jun 28, 2002 7:00 AM
One could write a book about Bianchi. This company defines the notion of racing heritage. There are lots of Bianchi models, many are dazzling, many are dogs. Remember that Bianchi makes bicycles for both racers and those cycling for basic transportation. Early top-end Bianchi bikes using the satanic but nonetheless fabled Campy Cambio Corsa shifter (move the lever, slide the wheel, shift, etc) system should be worth close to $3000. Somewhat later top-end models such as the one recently shown in Bicycling Magazine similar to the bike Coppi rode are also worth close to $3000. Details are everything, so a bike lacking the right bits and not original might only be worth a small fraction of this amount. The bike with original paint, correct saddle and rims, and in a saleable size will fetch the top dollars. Similar bikes without the right stuff might be hard to sell for $1000. Top-end Bianchi models from the early 60's through early 70's should be worth close to $2000.
With Bianchi bikes, I sense that originality is more important than with other bikes - that might only be a guess. Size is also important. Early Bianchi bikes are so well known that foreign buyers should have interest in them. That means that smaller sizes could tend to be worth more. This is more true when dealing with very early examples. Late 70's Specialissima models no longer featured the integral headset. Such bikes seem less distinctive - Super Record models by then perhaps worth $1,200. Early 80's models seemed to become more generic. Figure $850 for Super Record and $700 forN.R.. There was a Competizione model in the mid 60' `s that featured 27" wheels and was a tourer. Such models, which also have the integral headset, are worth about $600. Note that there were many lesser models of Bianchi bikes that look the part but are really pretenders. The notable feature is they have seamed tubing which implies a less then noble purpose. Such bikes are fun to play with but are only worth a few hundred at most. Bianchi produced a Centenario bike in the early 80's using early C-Record components. They even had (at least some did) large flange C-Record hubs. These bikes should become collectors pieces soon if not already. To pay $1,500 -$2000 for one would probably be reasonable.
Bottechiacrackmunch
Jun 28, 2002 10:11 AM
Ok I have been informed the bicycle is not a Bianchi but a Bottechia. I read sheldons browns bit on this. Are there any personal experiences with these bike of this era? Thanks for the help.
BottechiaWalter
Jun 28, 2002 3:52 PM
No personal experience. A high-end roadie of the mid-60s would be Campy Record (this is before N. Record) and have sew-ups. Universal sidepulls were quite common too.

Alot, maybe the majority, of quality bikes from this time ran cottered cranks so if it's got a cotterless set up and you're convinced it's OEM odds are it's a good bike. If it's cottered look for a quality brand like Nervar and 1/2 step gearing was popular on racers back then.

IMO wheels are the best indicators. Clinchers weren't highly regarded at all. Sew-ups indicte a bike with serious intent and a more likely candidate for collecting.