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Old 01-04-21, 12:58 PM
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I can send you a Gulf sticker ...

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Old 01-04-21, 01:03 PM
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Here’s the serial # for you Bianchi code breakers:

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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
In a different thread, I showed this trash-picked, little, and heavy Bianchi that came my way over the weekend:




In my stash I had an equally low-end fork that had the right sized steerer and compatible threading with the Tange headset I had in the bin. Took a little straightening in my jig, but should be good to go:




So how ugly is this orange in contrast to the Celeste? Should I respray it dark blue to match the lettering? Black? Decoupage?
Who will be riding it?? I can think of some cool ideas if it will be a rider for you...

I like the idea of rear triangle orange and then orange cabling!
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Old 01-04-21, 01:50 PM
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I’m not sure you should buy anything for it.
Use what you have, keep it fugly.
Leave it out, someone will steal it.
Then the fun starts.
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Old 01-04-21, 02:06 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I’m not sure you should buy anything for it.
Use what you have, keep it fugly.
Leave it out, someone will steal it.
Then the fun starts.
It's a very good candidate to set up as a single speed (those are the wheels shown) and other parts laying around (I have plenty) and then give away to a grad student in need. Of course, the first couple who'll try to claim it will be taller than I am at 5'10" (that's happened before).
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With a little black paint, you could be sitting on a gold mine!



Bianchi X4 Argentin, meet Bianchi X-Fuggedaboutit
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Old 01-04-21, 02:17 PM
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Those faux lugs were popular on SuperCyles here in Canada. Here's one that @Browngc posted

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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
It's a very good candidate to set up as a single speed (those are the wheels shown) and other parts laying around (I have plenty) and then give away to a grad student in need. Of course, the first couple who'll try to claim it will be taller than I am at 5'10" (that's happened before).
In that case...make it uglier...

Cheap orange handle bar wrap around the seat tube with black electrical tape stripes, top and bottom....
Black electrical tape stripes on seat stays...an fork
Orange bar tape over Bianchi logo with single black electrical tape stripe borders...

That would be cool.
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Old 01-04-21, 02:46 PM
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I like the color suggestions. Had a dark green Univega with scrapes. Tan touch up, and it was camo. The kids liked it.
Also, I would bet that the Canadian Supercycle, has Bridgestone stamped into the crank arm.
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Old 01-04-21, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by CO_Hoya View Post
With a little black paint, you could be sitting on a gold mine!



Bianchi X4 Argentin, meet Bianchi X-Fuggedaboutit
We do come from a family of entrepreneurs (note that I didn't use the modifier "successful" before that noun).
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Old 01-04-21, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
Here’s the serial # for you Bianchi code breakers:

What does T-Mar think of this serial number?
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Originally Posted by Het Volk View Post
Those lugs make me think this was originally a mountain bike frame, correct? Never seen lugs like that for a steel bike.....usually seen lugs like that for a Carbon/Steel or early aluminum frames in the 1980's when they bonded tubes together (see Raleigh Tecnium 400 series bikes).
​​​​​​the chainstays are parallel to the ground,if this was born as a 28" I'll eat my Campagnolo cap
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
It's a very good candidate to set up as a single speed (those are the wheels shown) and other parts laying around (I have plenty) and then give away to a grad student in need. Of course, the first couple who'll try to claim it will be taller than I am at 5'10" (that's happened before).
I gave away an Ironman once, to a Duke grad student.
Poor kid, he said, working tables in a coffee shop, so I met him there.
I was early, and he rode up on a Ducati.
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Old 01-04-21, 05:04 PM
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how ugly?
7.4

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Old 01-04-21, 05:15 PM
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Originally Posted by martl View Post
​​​​​​the chainstays are parallel to the ground,if this was born as a 28" I'll eat my Campagnolo cap
597mm perhaps? This "SkyWay" didn't get such ornate lug work.
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Old 01-04-21, 05:36 PM
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
I gave away an Ironman once, to a Duke grad student.
Poor kid, he said, working tables in a coffee shop, so I met him there.
I was early, and he rode up on a Ducati.
He probably stole it. You know those Dukies.
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Old 01-18-21, 04:02 PM
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Okay, where is this “Bianchi” on the ugly scale now?

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Old 01-18-21, 04:13 PM
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Right up there! And climbing.
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Needs a kickstand to really be ugly. Make it one that attaches at the non-drive rear dropout/chainstay and you've almost made the summit

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I like it, I’d ride it if my size, use orange cables and fix the bent fork. Or fix the fork and repaint in Celeste, then the standard options of blue, black, or Celeste.
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Needs a kickstand to really be ugly. Make it one that attaches at the non-drive rear dropout/chainstay and you've almost made the summit

DD
Well, the frame does have a kickstand plate, so that’s definitely on the build list!
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
In a different thread,
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So how ugly is this orange in contrast to the Celeste? Should I respray it dark blue to match the lettering? Black? Decoupage?
I see you went with dark blue for the fork. I was hoping for the decoupage.
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Old 01-18-21, 09:11 PM
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That fork is totally bent. I wouldn't bother with it. Just find a cheap used chrome one.
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Old 01-18-21, 09:15 PM
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it could be uglier......
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Old 01-23-21, 05:45 AM
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Originally Posted by nlerner View Post
In a different thread, I showed this trash-picked, little, and heavy Bianchi that came my way over the weekend:




In my stash I had an equally low-end fork that had the right sized steerer and compatible threading with the Tange headset I had in the bin. Took a little straightening in my jig, but should be good to go:




So how ugly is this orange in contrast to the Celeste? Should I respray it dark blue to match the lettering? Black? Decoupage?
looks legit vintage
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