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retroness - 1980 BianchiDougSloan
Apr 4, 2003 12:35 PM
I think I'm done restoring this one. Photos of 1980 Bianchi Rekord 748; not all original, but some upgrades. It came with Universal brakes, and now has Campy. Extra bottle mounts added, too. Wheels switched from tubular to Open Pros. (already posted link in General Forum)

This is the old college buddy ...Humma Hah
Apr 4, 2003 2:12 PM
... you reacquired last year?

I approve!

The shiny bar tape looks spiffy. I picked up a roll of tape somewhat like that at Trexlertown last fall, but went with a black foam tape on the 'Mount for now. This may change my mind. I especially like the little Italian tricolor stripes binding the tape near the stem.
Apr 4, 2003 3:42 PM
That's Benotto Cello Tape; Harris has is in several colors. That's exactly what I used to use 23 years ago on this bike.

The tri color stipes come from some kind of bar tape I got, but can't remember which one.

The shiny stuff is purely for retro sake. It's not comfortable or grippy. Stays clean, though.

re: retroness - 1980 Bianchidesmo
Apr 4, 2003 8:14 PM
Nice! I miss my mid 80's Superleggera now. If you wrap Benotto cello over white cloth (or medical) tape) it's a tad more tolerable. Maybe enough to take your mind off how uncomfortable those old shoes are! Ride the hell out of it. Cheers, O
re: retroness - 1980 Bianchiwspokes
Apr 5, 2003 7:36 PM
Nice celeste rig! I love my celeste! I am a Bianchi fan in a major way. Looks great...nice bar tape. Someday I will post my Bianchis all lined up. For now, here's some Bianchi woolie pics. 3 Bianchi Woolies, one very Retro one! One ClassicRendezvous woolie and a custom Biker's High woolie named after my Mother's retired Bike Shop!
Apr 7, 2003 8:13 AM
Just perfect.

The little tri-color bartape is a neat touch. Oddly enough, when I retaped my '84 Miyata last month, I got a six-roll package of skinny multi-color electrical tape and created a similar effect using the red, white and blue rolls. Patriotic statement for the war effort (and looks neat with the brown cork tape). I thought I'd invented the idea, but obviously not!
looks comfy, natural and cleanSpirito
Apr 7, 2003 10:59 AM
very nice doug !!!

about the detto's ..... i have a similar pair and am wondering if you use any inserts as they bug me on longer rides? i tried peterson's but just couldn't get them to fit well enough - butchered them so badly they are now trash.

Apr 7, 2003 12:31 PM
You might try some thick cushioned socks, like Woolie Boolies (sp?); they can make any shoe comfortable. If you need arch support, that's something else.

I haven't used these over 50 miles, yet, so I can't help much.

Apr 8, 2003 3:49 AM
I started with an old set of leather (plenty of tiny holes) dettos...loved them. They fit like a glove. I still have them in storage. I found an insert from a comfy pair of reeboks and put that inside when I was younger and it did the trick. Made them tight and toasty which is what I liked in a pair of cycling shoes. I liked the "feel" of being really attached or "part of" the pedals. Problem is my feet grew and my 47 dettos no longer fit. But you might want to consider trying different inserts from various shoes to see if that helps. Toward the end of detto use...I didn't want to give them up so I ended up taking out the insert to try and get them to still fit but my feet just kept growing so I can no longer use them.

Good Luck!
you know what they say about big feet .....Spirito
Apr 8, 2003 10:54 AM
less options for shoes ;-)

hey walt - whats the raseza making way for ???

Big feet, Big shoeswspokes
Apr 9, 2003 4:27 AM
Yep, you are correct Spirito! less options...
The Razesa....hmmm, I am not telling. It is a secret. Once the deal is done, I will know for sure. But til then, I won't say much. My luck the deal with fall apart and I will end up short a classic steed.
re: retroness - 1980 Bianchimackgoo
Apr 12, 2003 6:14 PM
Nice bike. I was wondering what the deal with the head badge is though.