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BIANCHI REKORD 848 - INTRO

FINDING THE BIANCHI 848

BUILDING THE BIANCHI 848

RIDING THE BIANCHI 848

 

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BUILDING THE BIANCHI REKORD 848

Though I did feel like riding the 848 right away, I resisted the urge.  Riding the bicycle would have meant a full rebuild and I really didn't have the time for that while on my vacation or whatever one calls such a journey when retired.  The Bianchi was set aside, and later broken down so that I could fit it and eleven other vintage road bicycles into my ford pick-up.  THAT is a trick in itself.

Once back in Thunder Bay, I did not have time to get right at the bicycle and it sat in The Old Shed for a week or so.  When I did have time to look at the bicycle, I decided to fully rebuild it before going for a spin.

The Bianchi 848 needed nothing!  Not tires!  Not handlebar tape!  Nothing other than a full inspection, lubrication and tuning.  There was very little sign of wear anywhere.  The pedals were fresh and pretty much unmarked.  The Modolo Flash brake pads were practically unused judging from the minimal wear.  About all the callipers needed was a bit of adjusting and tuning to make them all but perfect.  Even the original Modolo hoods were in great shape

I was impressed with the bicycle and its presentation.  Though it is a silly consideration, the red cloth handlebar tape was an absolutely perfect choice for this vintage road bike.  The red, slightly faded but pretty much unworn tape, contrasted very well with the Celeste green paint.  And the paint went so well with the all black art and an assortment of pantographs.  The overall effect was very pleasing to the eye and reeked of vintage appeal.  About the only thing missing was the presence of a head badge.  I do like head badges even though their purpose is purely form rather than function.  But that is just me.

The Rekord was equipped with a very nice component grouppo.  A Campagnolo Nouvo Record transmission lead the way.  The front derailleur sported a common home made anti-theft protection feature - a previous owner's telephone number etched into the chrome of the derailleur cage.   The cranks set was an incredibly clean and barely worn Gipeimme unit with a 52/42 ring combination, connected to a 14/28 six cog freewheel.  This combination would later prove to be a joy to use.

The control center consisted of a newer style Cinelli stem supporting a set of Cyclo Starling Italian handlebars, the first I had run across on any of the other Bianchi bicycles owned.  The bars, coupled with the Modolo levers proved to be a very comfortable fit for me.  I should add that the handlebars were blemish free and still sported an absolutely lovely lustre.  Oxidation had not had a chance to set in, suggesting that the bicycle had been stored indoors for much of its near quarter of a century of life.

Once done, I took the 848 out for a ride which lasted the better part of an afternoon.  By the end of the ride, I was giving very serious consideration to keeping the bicycle.  Then again, that is how I feel about just about every nice vintage road bicycle that I get my hands on.

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