Hi, Reddit! I'm considering the purchase of this Bianchi Eros Donna (very likely 2002 model) as my first road bike.
The planned use is for some weekends fun and eventually for 12-mile commute (one way; mostly flat on a bike path; only during the dry season). I am a 5' tall female with a small frame so 46 cm with women specific build should work well.
I'd go for a test ride right away but before driving 70 miles to see this bike in person, I'd like to hear your thoughts. Is this a fair deal? Can 2002 be too old? Should I opt for something newer (e.g. 2015 Liv Avail 5 with few upgrades are listed around the same price)? Any advice is much appreciated!
I just picked up a Bianchi Astrale and it is missing the rear hub axle. I don't know what year it is or much else.
Does anyone know the dimensions of the hub axle I need or have a recommendation on one? Amazon or other link would be nice!
Recently I want to return from a recess in biking. I have been wanting to try on a Bianchi for my whole life and I love its green. But there has been a lot of trouble getting one lately. I am in Hong Kong. I plan to keep fit with a bike, not for racing or going fast.
First of all, I tried to look at the local dealer Cheung Kee. Not only they have been quite unhelpful and cocky, they have been on contraction with their business. I would love to look at bikes below 2000USD with shinamo 105 parts, maximum at 2500USD, but lately it has been heard that they are not restocking anything below Oltre XR2 which is just too way much. They simply refuse to reveal information and this is all I could hear from a friendly shop.
Now then I look into overseas shop, but it seems like there would not be much hope there. It seems that I can order a bike from EvanCycles if I really want to. But for 200pounds of shipping, I am looking if I can do better for shipping a Via Nirone 7. I am not quite sure where else I could buy a bike online shipping it to Hong Kong with a cheaper shipping. Are there any?
Another way is to buy a used bike. But of course the condition of the bike is a problem, and the legitness is a problem. Currently, I am looking at this bike facebook link, does that look like a counterfeit bike? The bike had been hanged unused for years, and it was from another user so the owner could not support a receipt from the dealer or a certificate of the frame. It is generally on shinamo 150 and with ultegra brakes, and on zonda wheels (no idea what it is). I am not sure it is too good a price too pass or if it is counterfeit.
Concerning legitness, it seems that there is not quite much to do except from matching the picture of the bike to those on the internet, if the user cannot supply a certificate. I know there is a unique serial number somewhere, but without a database I would not be able to check. And getting to the local cocky dealer does not seem helpful. Are there any hints on buying a bike checking it legitness?
On the side note, I have been looking at some cheaper carbon frames also. A few years ago my uncle told me that one crash would trash the carbon frame, and it would only last for about a year. But my friend told me lately that a carbon frame could last about 6 years. Which one is true?
I no longer really cycle and realized my 2009 Via Narone Bianchi isn't even worth half its price what I payed for. I've really wanted to get a fixie instead, and came up with maybe making my via narone into a fixie, street bike instead of your typical road bike. What do you guys think? (I get it, I could just do nothing to it and ride the same gear)
I guess I'm just bored and need a change up, and can't really fork out $1000 for a new experience.
I was thinking making it a fixie and maybe throwing on fatter tires. Maybe like a crossover?
Mom gave me this bike to use for a ride through the Heights. Put it on my balcony thinking it would be safe. Nope. It was stolen. Can anyone Identify the model?
I just picked up a Via Nirone off of Ebay and I'd like to change the saddle. The one it came with is white. I haven't gotten a chance to test it out since the weather has been pretty poor, but I'm planning to make a few upgrades and I'll probably change the seat out.
I've had an old Bianchi for a few years now thats just a bit too big for me so I was looking to pick up something new and I'm torn between the Strada and the C-Sport 4. Both are in my price range, which is great. The Strada is a little sharper looking to me and both seem to be comparable in components. Has anyone ever ridden either and can vouch for the performance?
What I'm looking for is a bike that I can use as a versatile commuter but that I can also take out on the road for some exercise or weekend trail biking.
I am having a hard time finding reviews and riding impressions on this bike. I am going to try it out but still like to have some unbiased reviews to base my decision to purchase under.
Does anyone have experience with this bike? I am going from a straight bar steel road hybrid.
I bought this frame & fork on Craigslist a little while back for $100. My plan was to use it for another single speed build. While I’ve spent considerable time looking for similar listings, pictures, and forums trying to ID the year and model based on the info available, I have yet to come up with a concrete answer. My best guess so far is that it’s a 1983 Super Leggera based on the “83 • 6” on the seat tube, the fork style, and the font of the Bianchi letter stamps.
It’s got the Columbus stamp in the fork, “Brea Campagnolo” stamped on the fork as well as the dropouts. It also has “Gipiemme Mod. Dev.” stamped on the seat stay connector. The frame weighs in at 1,982 grams.
However, there are a few things that strike me as odd:
Notice the top of the right hand seat stay has the letters “Bianchi” upside down, as though a left hand piece was used. Perhaps someone welded a bike out of used parts?
My understanding is that it should have a serial number underneath the bottom bracket, yet all it has are the stamps on the top of the seat tube. Someone suggested that this could mean it’s a team frame?
Any help is appreciated!
I'm looking at a 2017 Bianchi Impulso 105 that's on sale from 1500 euros to 1240. I think it's an OK deal, since my other option is B'Twin (I love their bikes but are set up like crap). The frame says it's hand made in Italy, but from a recent post I realised that they are made in Taiwan. I live in Milan, so maybe I have some advantages with Bianchi but I'm not so sure. Could a well known LBS sell me a fake bike that's Italian? I understand with more common frames like Trek and Giant but I don't think Bianchi is a "consumer friendly" brand since their prices are really high. Do you think I should get it or leave it?
Hello - I have the opportunity to purchase a mid 90's Bianchi Boardwalk. The bike looks like it is in great condition and after looking it over, it has been very well maintained.
my question is whether or not Bianchi's from this era, more specifically this model, had not only the Bianchi logo, but other frame "logos" painted directly onto the frame, as opposed to a decal sticker.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
I have a 1993 or 1994 Campione d'Italia I am updating. One of the items I need to address is the bottom bracket. What kind do I need if I want to replace the one I have? I also need to update the headset, but that's not as needed right now. Thanks in advance.
A couple of times I've been close to considering the Via Nirone from some ebay and craigslist options. My local bike store has the Impulso, but I don't want to spend that kind of money. Too many vet bills lately, but I've go the itch for some celeste. Just curious what your thoughts are on the VN7.
Hey all, my gf's birthday is coming up and I know she'd like a basket to mount for her Volpe. It was a new model last year. I've looked online but can't seem to find anything specific; also I'm pretty sure she'd prefer a basket over a rack. Does anyone have any experience with this? Maybe a universal one that would mount on the front for back frame? Thanks!