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Old 11-23-23, 01:18 PM
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Back in Jamaica - My Poor Bianchi...

Long ago, I brought my early eighties Bianchi to Jamaica...


I have been riding it there ever since. Sadly, others have been riding (the poop out of) my bike. Last year, a broken rear axle (rode the bike that way for almost six months) anda screwed up crank, which I replaced with this boat anchor...



This year - well a picture is worth a thousand words...






Well, road worthy and safe to ride. Can't shift the front derailleur but everything else is good to go and I have been riding since I got here...
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Originally Posted by randyjawa
Long ago, I brought my early eighties Bianchi to Jamaica...


I have been riding it there ever since. Sadly, others have been riding (the poop out of) my bike. Last year, a broken rear axle (rode the bike that way for almost six months) anda screwed up crank, which I replaced with this boat anchor...



This year - well a picture is worth a thousand words...






Well, road worthy and safe to ride. Can't shift the front derailleur but everything else is good to go and I have been riding since I got here...
Dang, I must have jinxed it with that post I made before you left...
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That would definitely be an unusual entry in the "Before and After" thread... Definitely a Workhorse.
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A solid nutted rear axle might be good replacement!
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What's it like cycling in Jamaica? I would have thought it would be a good place for a vintage MTB.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa
Long ago, I brought my early eighties Bianchi to Jamaica...


I have been riding it there ever since. Sadly, others have been riding (the poop out of) my bike. Last year, a broken rear axle (rode the bike that way for almost six months) anda screwed up crank, which I replaced with this boat anchor...



This year - well a picture is worth a thousand words...
Well, road worthy and safe to ride. Can't shift the front derailleur but everything else is good to go and I have been riding since I got here...
Where does the Mikuni go?
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Originally Posted by kroozer
What's it like cycling in Jamaica? I would have thought it would be a good place for a vintage MTB.
There are no vintage bikes in Jamaica. Only old bikes that are kept runningn not necessarily road worthy, but running, none the less.

Saw a guy riding a bike with no handlebar one day. Riding in Jamaica is a take your life in your hand and hope for the best. Rough pot holed roads, mall dust to contaminate one'e eyes, dogs that bike, crocodiles that bite (yup, passed one sunning itself beside the road one day), and some crazy drivers. But, to be honest, I love riding here, even on my old banged up and busted Bianchi. In fact, I like riding it more now that it is in banged up shape. Still works pretty darn good.
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I was fortunate enough to get to go to Jamaica back in April to race the Jamaica International Cycling Classic in Montego Bay. I hated Montego Bay, but we stayed a few days after the race and got to ride around Treasure Beach. Lovely place and much more the way I had imagined Jamaica in my head. I can certainly understand how you poor Bianchi has gotten to it's current state!



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Originally Posted by Steel1
A solid nutted rear axle might be good replacement!
Nope -- I have broken one of those, as well as two hollow rear axles.
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Where does the Mikuni go?

Had to sell the Movements (nicknamed bowel) as I can't get my leg over the saddle anymore. My wife and I had many kilometers of wonderful riding before I had to let the bike go...

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What's it like cycling in Jamaica? I would have thought it would be a good place for a vintage MTB.
Not sure as I always ride my old road bike. That said, less than a kilometer away is a barn find Colnago mountain bike. Perhaps I should go buy it?
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Originally Posted by randyjawa
Not sure as I always ride my old road bike. That said, less than a kilometer away is a barn find Colnago mountain bike. Perhaps I should go buy it?
Absolutely you should!
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Originally Posted by theblackbullet
I was fortunate enough to get to go to Jamaica back in April to race the Jamaica International Cycling Classic in Montego Bay. I hated Montego Bay, but we stayed a few days after the race and got to ride around Treasure Beach. Lovely place and much more the way I had imagined Jamaica in my head. I can certainly understand how you poor Bianchi has gotten to it's current state!



Believe it or not, I m pretty sure that I saw you guys one day when out and about on my bike. I have ridden most of the lonely roads in the Treasure Beach area. One of my favorite places to stop for a look see, before descending a nasty hill...
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Originally Posted by randyjawa
Not sure as I always ride my old road bike. That said, less than a kilometer away is a barn find Colnago mountain bike. Perhaps I should go buy it?
Yes you should. Those are rare. I actually have one.
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Nope -- I have broken one of those, as well as two hollow rear axles.
Same. My '80s Fisher mtn bike had solid axles (Shimano) and I broke one, bent two others. Choosing it over the competing Richey with hollow axles and QRs, I'd assumed they'd be bombproof, or at least bomb-resistant.
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From a practical standpoint you have gotten your money's worth out of that bike and then some.

There are two different paths you can take; you can do a functional restoration so you can get your money's worth all over again, or you can do a vintage enthusiast restoration so it is restored and not abused again.
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From a practical standpoint you have gotten your money's worth out of that bike and then some.

There are two different paths you can take; you can do a functional restoration so you can get your money's worth all over again, or you can do a vintage enthusiast restoration so it is restored and not abused again.
Or a third choice (which seems to be Randy's plan) to just keep riding it as is and replace whatever is absolutely necessary to keep it safe/rideable.
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Or a third choice (which seems to be Randy's plan) to just keep riding it as is and replace whatever is absolutely necessary to keep it safe/rideable.
That would still be door number A. There is so many broken things with it right now that getting it working qualifies as a functional restoration.
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Originally Posted by randyjawa
Believe it or not, I m pretty sure that I saw you guys one day when out and about on my bike. I have ridden most of the lonely roads in the Treasure Beach area. One of my favorite places to stop for a look see, before descending a nasty hill...
Ha! That's awesome. We are hoping to come back this April for the next edition of the race. I'll be sure to keep an eye out for your Bianchi on the road!
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I'd definitely acquire a "guest bike" and make it as bomb-proof as possible. Then your rider should have no reason to get used to the point where there are failures.
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Originally Posted by dedhed
Where does the Mikuni go?
Ha! For the ganja, mon, for the herb!
A whole new experience when you "spark a bowl" with that one, eh?
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