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37 years later, I finally rode my dream bike

Old 03-26-20, 07:59 PM
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37 years later, I finally rode my dream bike

Back in high school, I used to dream of owning a '84 Bianchi Super Leggera. I memorized every detail about it from the Bianchi catalog I had picked up at Happy Handlebars on the eastside of Indianapolis. All I had at the time was a Strada but even it was way cooler than anything I had owned. I purchased the S.L. on ebay several years ago and just recently finished restoring it. Here are both bikes. Rode the S.L. yesterday and the Strada today. Back to my regular wheels tomorrow. lol


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Old 03-26-20, 08:36 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Lots of Bianchi fans around here. I’d love to see clearer pics of yours.
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Old 03-26-20, 08:43 PM
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Looking forward to seeing real pics of the bikes.
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Your SL looks nearly identical to my Giro. Matching seatposts too. Very nice build Ride Bianchi. Look forward to more pics.


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Old 03-27-20, 12:49 AM
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Finally riding that bike must have been a moment to savor. Congratulations, and by the way it looks awesome!
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A lovely story and 2 beautiful bikes!
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Wow, cool story.
​​​​​​It took me only 20 years to get the bike of my dreams.
Congratulations and enjoy.
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Originally Posted by malcala622 View Post
Your SL looks nearly identical to my Giro. Matching seatposts too. Very nice build Ride Bianchi. Look forward to more pics.


resemblance is uncanny!!!
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Originally Posted by Ride Bianchi View Post
Back in high school, I used to dream of owning a '84 Bianchi Super Leggera. I remember memorizing every detail about it from the Bianchi catalog I picked up at (shout out to) Happy Handlebars on the eastside of Indianapolis. All I had at the time was a Strada but even it was way cooler than anything I had owned. I purchased the SL on ebay several years ago and just recently finished restoring it. Here are both bikes (sorry about the watermark). Rode the SL yesterday and the Strada today. Back to my regular wheels tomorrow. lol

Fabulous Super Leggera, I can't wait to see more. Is it tough to choose between the Mega-Tube and the EL for an everyday rider? I think if I am riding a lot my Proto sees more miles than the Mega-Tube. What size do you ride? We might have to meet up a swap ride one day.
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Old 03-27-20, 09:05 AM
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For everyone wanting to see more pictures of the Super Leggera - you may have to wait a while. As you can see, its in its riding configuration right now. Not sure if anyone cares about the Strada but I will get some pics of it up soon. Please be kind and show her some compassion.
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Old 03-27-20, 09:14 AM
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thank you

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Finally riding that bike must have been a moment to savor. Congratulations, and by the way it looks awesome!
Thank you for the compliment. The ride was surreal; I had pretended so many times as a teenager that I was riding it instead of the Strada. It took a bit to realize it was really happening. lol
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Old 03-27-20, 09:17 AM
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so many choices...

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Fabulous Super Leggera, I can't wait to see more. Is it tough to choose between the Mega-Tube and the EL for an everyday rider? I think if I am riding a lot my Proto sees more miles than the Mega-Tube. What size do you ride? We might have to meet up a swap ride one day.
No, its not difficult to choose....but only because the mega tube isn't built up. But seriously, I would choose the ride of the steel bike over the ti any day.

Hopefully in the not-so-distant future the CIBA rides will get going around Indy again. I'll probably go on a couple of those and use the old bikes as conversation starters.

BTW, the Proto is a very cool looking rig in my opinion. Hard to find too.
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back story

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A lovely story and 2 beautiful bikes!
Thank you! I'm glad someone mentioned the story; that was the main motivation behind the post. I will admit that I'm much more of a rider than a writer but I will probably tell more of the story later when I post more pictures.
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Great story. Congratulations on a dream come true.
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Both bikes are pretty cool. A lot of this C+V is riding bikes we couldn’t afford when we were younger.

Heres my cousin ‘83 Specialissima upgraded to 8 speed.




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Bianchi Strada

Just like the one I bought at a Goodwill auction when I was 14. Paid 13 dollars and some change for it back then.






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