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Old 09-28-22, 03:55 PM
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Bike has been hanging in shed for 18 years. All my accessories in a Tupperware box.
So I get the urge, find the time and ..first thing is to clean up that ugly bar wrap job that came from Taiwan..
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Old 09-28-22, 03:57 PM
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So I start to work!


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Old 09-28-22, 03:58 PM
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Much Better!
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Old 09-28-22, 04:00 PM
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... So I grabbed the gear, including the black gloves I had been using 18 years ago...

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Old 09-28-22, 04:18 PM
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When you pass me or I pass you on the road, your bars aren't going to be what I notice!

What's the rest of the bike look like?
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Old 09-28-22, 04:43 PM
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Getting better. Staring back slow since I am pushin' 70 Longest ride so far ha been 15 miles.
So glad I am getting back into it!
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Old 09-28-22, 08:30 PM
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Looking good!!
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Old 09-29-22, 08:46 AM
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Don't believe I've ever seen a Bianchi that color. Is that yellow for the Tour de France?

However even Sheldon saw the advantage of upgrading components on bikes. I bet a 11 speed Shimano or SRAM group will do a lot for that bike! Here is a note from his personal bike page. So evidently he once had a Bianchi Brava.

1990? Bianchi Brava

Japanese Bianchi road bike, originally came with with Shimano Santé derailers...early 7-speed setup. I built up a pair of rather light tubular wheels for it, just for the retro-kick (and 'cause the rims and tires were free!) It's not that retro, though, 'cause it's got Ultegra STI shifters with an Erickson "Gizzmo" triple adaptor, and 28/38/50 Biopace chainwheels. It is now a 24-speed, with a 12-25 cluster, STX rear, modified RSX front derailers
https://www.sheldonbrown.com/org/bicycle.html#brava

Nice bike regardless of whether you choose keep it original or not!
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Old 09-29-22, 09:59 AM
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Don't believe I've ever seen a Bianchi that color. Is that yellow for the Tour de France?
LOL I was going to ask if it was the Celeste "Eggshell" variant color.

Cool looking bike just the same.....
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Old 09-29-22, 10:00 PM
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No Idea where the color came from. I just know it was a good price on a bike that fit my frame on the day I had the urge. I do know that the Brava's were built in Taiwan and they really did a sh1tty job wrapping that bar tape. It was not even rolled into the end caps. But I was too green to notice it when I got it.

Great riding bike .. if I can resolve the front derailleur issue I am fighting with. (in the mechanic's forum)
If I stay with it, a second bike will be a gravel bike .. with a better gearset than this Sora.
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Old 09-30-22, 02:07 AM
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Getting better. Staring back slow since I am pushin' 70 Longest ride so far ha been 15 miles.
So glad I am getting back into it!
Nice bike. Have fun and stay safe.
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Old 09-30-22, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy View Post
LOL I was going to ask if it was the Celeste "Eggshell" variant color.

Cool looking bike just the same.....
Bianchi offered that color for a while. Can’t remember the time frame.

I seem to recall seeing one when I went to the Bianchi store at their factory in Treviglio for a stage finish of the ‘95 Giro, but I could be mistaken. That was so long ago.
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18 yr old cycling gloves? very surprising. how are they holding up?
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