Friday, June 29, 2007

The Pink Bianchi

This was the first road bike I’ve had since… well… grade four…? I had a “five speed” then. This bike was probably not so bad in it’s day. I have no idea how old it is. I think the frame was butted cro-mo, definitely lugged and brazed. It was originally hot pink but had severely faded from years of just sitting in the sun. I discovered this when I removed the front derailleur as the clamp had kept the small part of the frame under it preserved.

I picked it up at Flash Cycle for $40. It had no front wheel at the time. I spent about $100 on a decent wheel with a double wall rim?! I put some new tires on it (Panaracer Stradius Pros? Another $50 or so?) and a different seat I had kicking around.

The original front derailleur broke one day – parts of it were plastic! One of the down tube shifters (also plastic) broke as well. These were both replaced by old Shimano 600 parts I found in the used parts bins upstairs at the Bike Doctor ($5 each).

I probably put a new chain on it at some point. For a while this might have even had one of my brooks saddles on it. I also found some old Shimano non-aero brake levers and rewrapped the bars with some pink cork tape I found.

It rocked. I rode it everywhere for a summer and a half. I even rode my first (and last, to date) two road races on it.

I traded it away to a friend when I picked up my Cannondale ‘cross bike and I’ve been kicking myself ever since. I swapped the Stradius’ onto the ‘cross bike for the summer and rode that everwhere and I fiured I didn’t need it anymore. Having horizontal dropouts it would have made an awesome fixey!? …well, except for the fact that it probably was a touch small for me.

I think I put different brake levers and a different front wheel on before I traded it away. Definitely kept my Books saddle…

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5 comments:

tim said...

I'm pretty sure it was the fall of 2002 when I pick this up. I rode it a bit in the fall, and all through the summer of 2003. It was essentially replaced by the Cannondale Cross bike in the spring of 2004....

Anonymous said...

Is this bike for sale?

Marc
Montreal, Canada

mchetrit@hotmail.com

tim said...

No, I traded it away and have regretted doing so ever since...

Gord said...

Hi tim
Do you have any idea about the age of this bike? It sure is a beautiful bike

golafson@finning.ca

tim said...

My guess would be 1980's...? but I really have no idea.