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Saying goodbye to my old Bianchi(11 posts)

Saying goodbye to my old Bianchitarwheel
May 28, 2003 6:46 AM
Well, I finally sold my old Bianchi Nuovo Record steel lugged frame that I've had for about 18 years. I bought the bike soon after I got married, while living in Savannah, Ga., and have lots of fond memories associated with it. The celeste green immediately caught my eye in the bike shop, and I had to have it. There's something about celeste green that attracts attention, and I've been stopped at traffic lights several times by people in cars asking me about the bike.

The Bianchi frame was replaced by a Merckx Corsa .01 that I got for Christmas. I sold it because it was just hanging in my garage and I figured some other cyclist would make good use of it. Got a fair price on eBay, and the new owner seems thrilled, so I think I made the right decision. If I lived somewhere less hilly, I probably would have kept it to convert to a SS/fixe, but I probably would destroy my knees trying to ride a fixe here.

To make it easier parting with the Bianchi, I painted an oil picture of a detail showing the seat tube/top tube juncture. My wife thinks I am nuts, but I wanted something to remember it by. Anyone else get so attached to an old bike?
How attached could you be? You SOLD it!Humma Hah
May 28, 2003 7:01 AM
You're probably gonna end up like Doug Sloan ... hunting it down and buying it back.

Having stuck with one bike for ... let's see, carry the two ... 32 years this August, I cannot IMAGINE selling an old friend. I've been with that bike longer than my wife, and I've NEVER ridden my wife a hundred miles.
good point!tarwheel
May 28, 2003 7:17 AM
I guess it came down to practicality. My garage is overflowing with stuff and I didn't have room for another bike. The Merckx frame fits me better and I knew I would never get around to building up the old Bianchi. After searching (unsuccessfully) for a used Merckx for 2 years, I figured someone else might make better use of the Bianchi. Having the Merckx to ride definitely has eased my regrets for selling the Bianchi.
My solution ...Humma Hah
May 28, 2003 8:32 AM
... The first time I faced that situation, I had recently picked up a Varsity, and had three motorcycles in the garage. The Varsity went first, then I gradually thinned out the motorcycle herd until there were none. In spite of the little I was riding it, and the poor condition I had let it slide into, I simply could not bring myself to get rid of the cruiser.

More recently, I got a bigger garage. It stores three bikes on the wall, one on the stand, with the cruiser sitting on the floor. I normally keep one bike at the weekend cabin.

One of the bikes presently on the wall is an ancient and somewhat decrepit Peugeot I rescued from the trash. It is the sacrifice if I need the room.
Bianchi Boyboneman
May 29, 2003 12:40 AM
Sorry to see it go, the bike and the handle. Still got the Gios? The Merckx looks nice. Posted a full pic anywhere?
here's the Giostarwheel
May 29, 2003 12:24 PM
Will post a full picture of the Merckx later.
full view of merckxtarwheel
May 30, 2003 4:17 AM
Jun 1, 2003 4:08 PM
what's different in ride quality between those two lugged italian frames?
if i could suggest something... the only thing i would change in bothe bikes would be the mercxx stem. that bike deserves seomething chromed, classic, -72º. a nitto technomic comes to my mind as one choice.
Jun 2, 2003 7:19 AM
The Gios is a smoother riding frame over rough pavement and steers much quicker than the Merckx. It feels a little more nimble and is a little lighter. The Merckx is stiffer but more stable feeling. I like the smooth ride of the Gios better, but prefer the Merckx handling. I feel comfortable riding no hands on the Merckx but not the Gios. The Merckx geometry fits me better than the Gios due to the slacker angles. I feel like I climb faster on the Gios, but that might be all in my head.

I agree that a class "7" stem would look better, but I like the convenience of an open-face stem. I swap stems periodically, depending on how flexible I am feeling, and like my handlebars about 1" below the saddle. The Profile H2O, although not the prettiest stem around -- OK, it's ugly -- is inexpensive, convenient and allows plenty of rise. I've also got a 3TTT Motus that is open-face with a nice classic appearance, but my bars end up 2" below my saddle even at the max extension. I'm gonna try the Motus for a while when my flexibility improves to see if I can handle the extra drop, but based on past experience I will probably go back to the H2O. I develop bad numbness in my hands when my bars are too low.
raise the tip of your saddle.colker
Jun 2, 2003 12:08 PM
tiny, tiny bit.. try it. it will take weight of your hands.
when you reach your perfect position, you could have a custom stem made by salsa or steelman... it's $90 something.
Been there, done thatwooglin
May 30, 2003 4:27 AM
I bought a used Raleigh Comp GS around 1985. My first good bike since my first first good bike had been stolen back in 1979. The Raleigh had a speckled history, with the first owner racing it (and upgrading lots of parts) and the second owner noodling to college on it (with attendant frame abuse especially on the TT where it leaned on things). By the time I got it the rust was pretty bad, and on my budget I never could get it wholly under control. Nevertheless, it was a sweet, sweet ride. I pulled the parts off it in the late 80s to put on my "new" Trek frame, but kept the Raleigh because it had carried me through some really tough times. It gathered dust in various apartments and basements until earlier this year when I finally found someone who would give it the treatment it deserved. I hope as we speak it's being bathed in a chem bath and lovingly repainted, or maybe even having some lustrous new Campy bits attached.

The Raleigh lives on, though. Most of the parts are now on my current Allez.