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Old Bianchi advicerollin4eyes
Sep 21, 2003 9:40 AM
Hey all, just picked up this sweet high school dream bike at a garage sale yesterday for $5. I knew the back wheel was bent when I bought it, but what I don't know is what I can do to replace it. Should I look to have a new MA40 laced up to the original campy hub? If I do that can I upgrade to anything besides the rusty 6 speed on the bike currently? Could I buy a new wheelset? will I need to do any replacing of any other parts if I want to stick with the downtube shifters if I went with a newer wheelset? I'm also considering using the Kelly "Take Off" shifters. Any input on that? I want to keep it as stock or close to stock looking as possible, despite the Kelly shifter idea, thats more of a functional thing.
re: Old Bianchi advicerollin4eyes
Oct 3, 2003 5:56 PM
alright, thanks everyone for at least having a look. I bought a new wheelset, derailleur, chain and cassette. Trying to figure out whether I can get the full range for all 8 speeds I have now without upgrading my shifters...anyone have a clue there? I am happy right now with the way it turned out, so I'm not in a giant hurry to go spending any additional funds unless its a quick and cheap fix.
re: Old Bianchi advicerollin4eyes
Oct 3, 2003 5:58 PM
Here's the original $5 bike as it rolled home from the garage sale.
re: Old Bianchi adviceVW
Oct 13, 2003 9:04 AM
I don't have too much technical know-how so I can't help you, but I just want to tell you what a beautiful Celeste Bianchi you got yourself for just $5??!!. I'm jealous, and I wished my black :( Bianchi was Celeste.

re: Old Bianchi advicerollin4eyes
Oct 19, 2003 4:50 PM
Thanks VW.

I took the bike out a few weekends ago for the inaugural ride and 32 miles later came rolling back up the driveway with a grin from ear to ear.