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1996 Bianchi Build

Old 09-26-19, 06:11 PM
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1996 Bianchi Build

Hello, just recently picked up a 1996 Veloce. Lugged, campy goodies, and most importantly celeste.



As I picked it up


Veloce Groupset all OG, except for the trek seatpost




First ride out in the Palouse


Unoriginal seatpost and saddle, (TREK from about 1994), saddle bag is now lost as of my ride today


protector is a big worn, want to get OEM but dont know where to find


This morning, I got new tires on it, and new bottle, but more parts coming in. Last picture I have of my saddle bag as it flew off at some point


Ripping through the palouse

I plan to use the bike for my half Ironman Training and use it in the race as well. I like to make life hard, not using carbon in an Ironman, but I will get stronger this way.

Unsure about the celeste sidewall tires, as I also have a Bianchi celeste saddling coming in, also new celeste bar tape which I will for sure get dirty in one day.\

She rides fast for a 9 speed. Got it up to 32 on the flats on the Chipman trail between Pullman and Moscow with little wind. Headwinds suck! Will update when I get some more parts in. Nice to work on a little bike when parts fit, unlike working on cars!
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Old 09-26-19, 07:02 PM
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Too bad about the saddlebag. My oldest son had the same issue with a similar bag. Did you retrace your route?
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Old 09-26-19, 07:56 PM
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Originally Posted by horatio View Post


Too bad about the saddlebag. My oldest son had the same issue with a similar bag. Did you retrace your route?
Yep. Think someone picked it up. I was 5 miles out before I realized it was gone.
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Old 09-26-19, 08:24 PM
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Oh the palouse, of course.***
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Old 09-27-19, 10:18 AM
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Very sexy bike
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Excellent old-school ride that brings back memories. When I got back into cycling in 1995/6, a number of the people I rode with had these. I was on a De Bernardi with 8 sp Athena DT shifting - didn't have the scratch for Ergo shifters. Absolutely keep the celeste sidewalls - my only concern would be being able to replace with new ones when the time comes. My current ride is a bare Ti Litespeed, so I color it up with yellow accents to go with the big LS logo - bar tape, cable housing, yellow/black Selle Italia saddle and yellow/black Rubino Pros. Once I'm about half way through the tires expected lifespan, I'll start looking for decent prices on replacement yellow tires - IMO the bike isn't decently dressed unless the tires fit with the overall color scheme.
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Old 09-27-19, 12:00 PM
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very nice bike
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Old 09-27-19, 02:41 PM
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Looks nice, but that stem is clearly past the max extension mark. You should get a longer one for safety.
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Old 09-27-19, 08:52 PM
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Holy crap I love small towns. Someone turned in my saddle bag to the police station. I got my goodies back! Ripped out a nice 25 mile ride to celebrate
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Nice! Jealous of the lugged frame.
The Veloce looks cool! the calipers and aero style levers.
Liking the celeste tires.

I got a c.1998 Campione. Originally had 8sp Mirage, now has 10sp Centaur.
I switched out my stem/bars for Cinelli and found a Campy aero seat post. Somewhere down the line my fork was switched out for carbon.
My frame is a bit beat up but I just can't seem to let it go.
Celeste FTW!
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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
Looks nice, but that stem is clearly past the max extension mark. You should get a longer one for safety.
I dropped it since I took that picture. Good eye! Safe again
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Old 09-28-19, 02:12 PM
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New (to me) saddle installed. Think itís from late 90ís so itís not too bad for era correctness.
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Old 09-28-19, 06:17 PM
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It was actually this bike that got me into bikes at all. My dadís boardwalk he got right around 2000 when we lived in Los Angeles. Countless rides on the strand in So Cal. Learned next to him while he rode this. Good memories
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Old 09-30-19, 05:52 AM
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Originally Posted by webberjames95 View Post

New (to me) saddle installed. Think itís from late 90ís so itís not too bad for era correctness.
Looks correct I had the same bike, loved it but let it go. It was to big. If I ever find another one I'm buying it and I'll give it a modern update. Great bike rode like a dream. Really miss that thing.
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Old 10-01-19, 08:26 AM
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If you ever change out the tires or bar tape, consider yellow. Celeste/yellow is great for that Marco Pantani look

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Old 10-04-19, 06:36 AM
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Lovely bike. Congrats.
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Old 10-11-19, 07:06 PM
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Got new bar tape on the bike. Took it for a quick rip before the sun set. Next thing I do will probably be wheelset and tri bars for Ironman training. Need to get actual speed parts on it not just style point parts

been running a lot training for a half marathon in a couple months so havenít been out a lot for rides. Also itís getting cold in the Palouse. Snow in early October. Ouch. Indoor training will be another thing I need to get setup for.
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Old 12-02-19, 01:08 AM
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Ordered some cool bar end caps for it and a new wheelset for it. Also got an indoor trainer for it as my half marathon is now 2 weeks away. Iím ready for that and will not transition into my Ironman training. Pics to come soon
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Old 02-01-20, 05:20 PM
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Been a minute. No longer doing an Ironman race but I will still keep this bike around as I looked for one like this for years before this one came to me.

bar ends:




ordered some silver Mavics with original campagnolo veloce skewers and hubs


a more classical Bianchi look. Might try to run the Celeste tired but it sure is a lot more humble and less flashy without the Celeste sidewalls that scream ďsteal me i am an Italian classicĒ
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Old 02-01-20, 05:23 PM
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Took the dirty daily Bianchi into the LBS for a new headset bearing rebuild. Derailer rebuild. Also got some fenders as I am selling my car and this will be my daily commuter to work and around town
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Tan walls look great, if you were thinking of that for the next set of tyres.

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Got this Bianchi from wife's coworker. Too small for me but wife was able to use it. Said it was a 1984 Sport. Dude wanted $40 (TO PUT TOWARD A WALLY WORLD MTB!!! ). I gave him the $80 I had in my pocket. Big filthy mess but I was able to get it cleaned up. She loves the ride. Never heard the saying Steel is Real but after getting a full carbon roadie, she says the steel bike is a better ride. Had a few offers to sell it but she won't.

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Tan walls look great, if you were thinking of that for the next set of tyres.

oh lord that looks so gooood
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Got this Bianchi from wife's coworker. Too small for me but wife was able to use it. Said it was a 1984 Sport. Dude wanted $40 (TO PUT TOWARD A WALLY WORLD MTB!!! ). I gave him the $80 I had in my pocket. Big filthy mess but I was able to get it cleaned up. She loves the ride. Never heard the saying Steel is Real but after getting a full carbon roadie, she says the steel bike is a better ride. Had a few offers to sell it but she won't.


I wish mine was 80$ haha
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Welp. Someone is coming to buy my Subaru tomorrow. The time of the bike commute is now!
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