Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

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Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby Killswitch » Mon Apr 22, 2013 11:54 pm

Hi guys,

I am trying to work out the age of my Bianchi Frame. It was the Bianchi Colour but was in a pretty bad shape rust wise. I'm about to paint it and turn it into a single speed but want to know more about it before I do.

The Serial number is 8F15236.

Can someone help or point me on the right direction. :)

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Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby Dan » Tue Apr 23, 2013 5:48 am

For the love of god do not cut anything off it. There are thousands of low end clunker frames you can use for that purpose - this is not one of them.

Since its already partially stripped, it deserves a proper strip and respray, I say.

Over bracket cable routing says late 70s/early 80s (at latest) to me, but there's plenty of people here who can more accurately date it. I'm going with June 1978 based on the 8F, though.
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby dubrat » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:58 am

any full frame pics.....
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby feelthewheel » Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:49 am

Totally agree with Dan - do not cut anything off this frame. And paint, not powder please. Me two bits worth ...
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby sunho » Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:50 am

Did you pick it up with any original parts?
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby Killswitch » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:54 pm

Thanks guys.

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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby Dan » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:16 pm

No DT shifter bosses either.
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby HappyHumber » Tue Apr 23, 2013 4:23 pm

Whilst you've got it stripped of parts it would be also interesting to weigh the bare frame and fork seperately.

That and if you have the original (or supplied) seat post it came with its diameter should give you a fair indicator of quality, i.e. where it might have sat in the product range.

+1 to previous comments about not modding the frame. By all means ride it as a SS for a while, but at first looks it would seem a decent quality steel frame, worth preserving.

You may have some (slightly) whacky Italian threadings to deal with also. Tread carefully there in not stripping any threads or such.
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby Killswitch » Tue Apr 23, 2013 6:23 pm

It is only what you see. Had no components, or seat post sorry. I will try and weigh it and let you all know.
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby dubrat » Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:53 pm

I'd say much earlier....

50's or 60's I'd say
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby singlespeedscott » Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:54 pm

I say late 70's
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby Killswitch » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:12 pm

It's 3.6 kg with the fork.

So if I paint it metallic blue, Bianchi lovers everywhere won't try and push me off it? Or should I try to restore original Colour with stickers etc?
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby Killswitch » Wed Apr 24, 2013 2:04 pm

Hours on google and still nothing. Does anyone know somewhere to look for serial number details?
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby dayne » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:11 pm

Try emailing Bianchi in Italy,
As far as age im guessing late 60's early 70's.
What size is it?
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby HappyHumber » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:24 pm

3.6kg with the fork would be fairly respectable I think, depending on the size of the frame. At least it's definitely not gas pipe!

Google is overated as a search engine these days. The majority is syndicated crap. It takes extra effort to get most stuff of any substance. Keep at it though and keep asking around. Sometimes links one or two removed from a search result will hit pay dirt I find. But +1 to e-mailling Bianchi with some of the details you've shown us as well.
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby ldrcycles » Wed Apr 24, 2013 8:45 pm

Killswitch wrote:It's 3.6 kg with the fork.

So if I paint it metallic blue, Bianchi lovers everywhere won't try and push me off it? Or should I try to restore original Colour with stickers etc?


I would assume it would be worth more in Celeste (assuming you ever wanted to sell it down the track. It's your bike though, so paint it whatever colour makes you feel good :) .
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby LG » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:27 pm

I dunno, 3.6kg puts it pretty close to the gaspipe category. Check out the frame weight thread in this forum for an idea. I've got a 63cm dawes galaxy at the moment which weighs less.

If you've got an old bianchi, IMO it needs to be celeste.
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby munga » Wed Apr 24, 2013 9:29 pm

you could paint it celeste, sell it, and buy a blue frame (they did make dark blue bianchis, if you wanna go that way)?

i think if it's older, and it's celeste, i'd definitely keep it celeste. in fact if it was any other colour, i'd sell it and buy a celeste frame, so i'm prolly not the best person to listen to ;p
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby singlespeedscott » Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:08 am

LG wrote:I dunno, 3.6kg puts it pretty close to the gaspipe category. Check out the frame weight thread in this forum for an idea. I've got a 63cm dawes galaxy at the moment which weighs less.

If you've got an old bianchi, IMO it needs to be celeste.

It does seem a little heavy. However the dropouts are forged and there is no mud guard eyelets so it must be someway up the pecking order of Bianchi's.

You have to remember that in Italy Bianchi has made gas pipe K-Mart specials all the way to the hand made "Raparto Corse" stuff.
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby LG » Thu Apr 25, 2013 8:22 am

Don't get me wrong, I have quite a soft spot for old celeste bianchi's. If somebody has a cheap frame in 58cm :wink: I'm sure re-sprayed this will make a lovely bike. The weight however puts it in the repco superlite or even maybe traveller category, not exactly a lightweight racing beast.
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby Killswitch » Thu Apr 25, 2013 10:34 pm

Cheers guys. Wish I knew what year it was!

Any ideas on where to find some Bianchi Colour paint? ;)
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby Dan » Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:35 am

Killswitch wrote:Any ideas on where to find some Bianchi Colour paint? ;)


The codes or the actual paint?
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby Clydesdale Scot » Fri Apr 26, 2013 8:00 am

Dan wrote:
Killswitch wrote:Any ideas on where to find some Bianchi Colour paint? ;)


The codes or the actual paint?

seems it has changed over the years
but Pantone and CMYK codes are here
now you have to get someone who can match to that.
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby LG » Fri Apr 26, 2013 11:06 am

Or alternatively, you could take the fork with scraps of paint left on it and get it matched at an auto paint shop. Or you could try a place like autobarn where I've been able to get paint matched and mixed into a rattle can in the past.
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Re: Can someone date my Bianchi Frame?

Postby BarryTas » Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:01 pm

sorry mate but i am married
when do we stop for coffee???

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