One of our latest projects, a vintage Bianchi, was once considered a quick racing bike. With the advent of lightweight composite frames sets this Italian number fell from favor, left to sit in the basement inactive and ignored.
Sure modern road bikes have experienced many reiterations and improvements since the 1980’s when this Bianchi was manufactured, yet there really wasn’t anything wrong with the Bike. It’s key components were in working order and the frame and fork were in excellent condition.
It’s highly unlikely that this steel road bike will be raced upon again but it could certainly be made rideable with a complete tune up.
Original Components Include;
Araya Wheel set
Dia Compe Brakes
Shimano Dura Ace Downtube Shifters
Components and Parts Replaced
Panaracer Pasela tires, 700x28
NITTO Swept Back Handlebar
Pedals and Saddle
We replaced the skinny road tires for 700x28c, the widest tire that this retired race frame would allow. The original drop bars sported a super deep bend so it made sense to install a citified NITTO swept back bar which is still classic looking yet allows the rider to negotiate city traffic easier. Now this lugged steel road bike not only pleases the eye but will be a reliable city bike for someone to utilize.
size: 47 cm