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Old 05-14-20, 04:43 PM
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Looks like a 1988. Serial number?
862511, from what I can read.
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Old 05-18-20, 09:29 AM
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Hi I'm new here

Just trying to identify a bike I bought recently. It has been badly repainted, but I can see that it has the serial number 4L30480 at the front top of the steerer tube.

I found some celeste paint in the inside of the BB and rear mech hangar. I was told it was from the late 80's but having whiled away far too much time on the web (and thanks to this great forum) I think I'm a bit closer to working out what it is. The main thing that had me stumped was that it has no pump peg and only one bottle mount, although it has a full 105 groupo, all dating from 87-89.

So then I stumbled on some earlier bikes and saw that up to '85, the pump was mounted along the seat tube, so 1 bottle and no peg. The seat stays are plain where they meet the top lug.

The last thing is that the seat post is 26.2, and looks original. I have ridden it and I was blown away by how comfortable and smooth over bumps it is.
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Old 05-18-20, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by flippyspants View Post
Just trying to identify a bike I bought recently. It has been badly repainted, but I can see that it has the serial number 4L30480 at the front top of the steerer tube.

I found some celeste paint in the inside of the BB and rear mech hangar. I was told it was from the late 80's but having whiled away far too much time on the web (and thanks to this great forum) I think I'm a bit closer to working out what it is. The main thing that had me stumped was that it has no pump peg and only one bottle mount, although it has a full 105 groupo, all dating from 87-89.

So then I stumbled on some earlier bikes and saw that up to '85, the pump was mounted along the seat tube, so 1 bottle and no peg. The seat stays are plain where they meet the top lug.

The last thing is that the seat post is 26.2, and looks original. I have ridden it and I was blown away by how comfortable and smooth over bumps it is.
Welcome to the forums. Based on the serial number's format, it's location and the seat post diameter, it sounds like you may have a 1975 Rekord 74 frameset with the Calibrati 1-20 tubeset. Do your lugs and fork crown look like the attached?

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Old 05-18-20, 11:45 AM
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Wow thanks for the speedy reply. No they don't look like that, more like the photos I've found on-line of the 1984 Catalog. They are simpler. I guess I have to make more posts before I can attach a photo?
FWIW, other features are; no mudguard (fender) eyelets, 'BIANCHI' stamped on the rear dropouts and singe brazed-on loops to guide the rear brake cable. Also has a chain hanger doofer on the drive-side seat stay and a beautifully minimalist stop brazed on for the rear mech cable on the chain stay. I'm new to all this but I find it fascinating...
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Old 05-18-20, 02:44 PM
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Originally Posted by flippyspants View Post
Wow thanks for the speedy reply. No they don't look like that, more like the photos I've found on-line of the 1984 Catalog. They are simpler. I guess I have to make more posts before I can attach a photo?
FWIW, other features are; no mudguard (fender) eyelets, 'BIANCHI' stamped on the rear dropouts and singe brazed-on loops to guide the rear brake cable. Also has a chain hanger doofer on the drive-side seat stay and a beautifully minimalist stop brazed on for the rear mech cable on the chain stay. I'm new to all this but I find it fascinating...
Welcome aboard, glad you found us.

If you find this fascinating, you in the right place.
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Old 05-18-20, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by flippyspants View Post
Wow thanks for the speedy reply. No they don't look like that, more like the photos I've found on-line of the 1984 Catalog. They are simpler. I guess I have to make more posts before I can attach a photo?
FWIW, other features are; no mudguard (fender) eyelets, 'BIANCHI' stamped on the rear dropouts and singe brazed-on loops to guide the rear brake cable. Also has a chain hanger doofer on the drive-side seat stay and a beautifully minimalist stop brazed on for the rear mech cable on the chain stay. I'm new to all this but I find it fascinating...
Agreed, based on the previously mentioned features and now visusble others, such as the top tube brake tunnels, recessed mount brakes, short dropouts and cable routing under the BB shell, it's mid-1980s. The 26.2mm post size indicates a lightweight, hi-tensile steel used on entry level models,as does the lack of embossing apart from the dropouts. Consequently, the serial number indicates a 1984 model or, more likely, a 1985 model manufactured in late 1984.

In North America, such a model would have been manufactured in Japan and had the serial number stamped on the BB shell and used a different format. Even assuming mid range and Italian manufacture, the 1984 models had the serial numbers stamped on the seat lug, in two segments, while the 1985 models had the serial number stamped on the BB shell in two segments. The different location and format of the serial number on the subject bicycle suggests a different market, possibly European. It also suggests Italian manufacture, so it would be interesting to know if the BB is Italian or English threaded.

While the derailleurs and crankset are 1987-1989 Shimano New 105, the brake calipers are from the 1990s and it doesn't use the New 105 headset or pedals, suggesting it is mostly rebuilt. .

Most forums members, including myself, are North American based, complicating the identification of European models, other than to determine the year and level. However, as to uploading photos, you don't require 10 posts.

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Old 05-19-20, 02:42 AM
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I'm in the UK and the BB is indeed Italian. Thanks for the other info - all nice to know. I'm still on the hunt for a list of 84/85 European models.

Thanks so much!
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Old 05-19-20, 05:01 AM
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Originally Posted by flippyspants View Post
I'm in the UK and the BB is indeed Italian. Thanks for the other info - all nice to know. I'm still on the hunt for a list of 84/85 European models.

Thanks so much!
Thank-you. Your location and the BB threading were the two missing pieces of information. While the North American lower level models starting sourcing from Asia in the early 1980s, Italian built entry level models were still competitive in Europe due to the lower shipping costs.

I don't know if you'll ever be able to determine the exact model, as it was common practice to use the use one frame as the base for two or three different models. Once you've lost the OEM components, you've lost the items of distinction, Also, be aware that just having a European catalogue may not be good enough. Often, Bianchi model models, especially the entry level ones, differed from country to country, For instance, USA and Canadian models from this era and level were spec'd differently and even had different model names. Essentially, the importer spec'd the bicycle to local preferences.
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Old 05-19-20, 08:32 AM
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Well, Im going strip it and rebuild it. I guess I'm going to have to jump off the deep end into the world of 'which Celeste'! I read the story somewhere of the colour getting lighter because the stirring stick got shorter, made me LOL...
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Old 05-21-20, 10:37 PM
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My 85 VITTORIA



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Old 05-24-20, 11:55 AM
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Old 05-25-20, 04:59 PM
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1997 Bianchi Alloro?

From an earlier zombie post, this is 9/16 from the top of the line in the Bianchi catalog? Any extra info would be appreciated. Thanks Ed








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Old 05-27-20, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by dmpstrdvr1962 View Post
Here is my late 80's Bianchi Grizzly, outfitted with brown quick brick tires and brown Oury grips, and some awesome primal skeletal brake levers, and a Marco Pantani Celeste saddle.Attachment 235566
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That is my favorite year and decal design, perhaps it's because it was my 1st Play it Again sports $100 find in 2003 and I've managed to pick up another near mint model.
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Old 05-27-20, 01:28 PM
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Bianchi "Team"- probably 1970. With new paint and decals
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^^ That's quite nice.
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Old 05-27-20, 08:36 PM
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The small Bianchi is getting a makeover soon. Black tape and cables.
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Old 05-28-20, 11:25 PM
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The small Bianchi is getting a makeover soon. Black tape and cables.
I'm sensing a particular color scheme here (which I wholeheartedly embrace
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Old 05-29-20, 09:09 AM
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The small Bianchi is getting a makeover soon. Black tape and cables.
That's a not insignificant range of frame sizes and saddle heights.
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That's a not insignificant range of frame sizes and saddle heights.
The '88-'89 CDI seems to be the bigger of the 3?
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From Left to Right or Front to Back

87' Nuovo Alloro...95' Trofeo...88' Giro...88' Krono.

49cm...55cm...55cm...55cm
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From Left to Right or Front to Back

87' Nuovo Alloro...95' Trofeo...88' Giro...88' Krono.

49cm...55cm...55cm...55cm
Ah, that Nuovo Alloro is just my size! If ever you feel the need to thin the herd
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Ah, that Nuovo Alloro is just my size! If ever you feel the need to thin the herd

We'll talk price on my deathbed (I'm 31 btw )
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We'll talk price on my deathbed (I'm 31 btw )
Tell your next of kin to post when you're there so we can buy up your stuff.
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Hey everyone it's been a while. Cool bikes. Bianchi fleet haha.

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Too big for me but the build should be fun.

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“The Horse of a different Color you’ve heard tell about” ... Introducing my Spring build ... a 23lb, 57cm, ‘99 Alfana in Sunflower livery. Finished it 2 week’s ago, but it’s been raining for 8-10 days in Dallas, so today is the 1st. time it’s seen sunshine ...
Turned out pretty well for a entry level Bianchi. Also, my first experience with Campagnolo ... Ergo shifters and derailleurs. Should be fun for a Shimano guy.
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That looks familiar! Made in Italy! Thatsa nice! My Litespeed (with Shimano Ultegra) is under the cover next to it.

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