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197? BIANCHI SPRINT - INTRO

FINDING BIANCHI SPRINT #1

FINDING BIANCHI SPRINT #2

BUILDING #1 SPRINT

BUILDING #2 SPRINT

RIDING THE BIANCHI SPRINTS 

 

BICYCLES OF ITALY

RIDING THE BIANCHI SPRINTS

I did not ride Sprint #1 all that much.  Once built, I did take it out for a few rides but I was pretty much unimpressed.  There are a couple of reasons for this and neither are the fault of the bicycle.  To begin with #1 was too big for me.  Also, at the time I built the first Sprint, I had not learned to appreciate the ride offered by the more antiquated bicycles.  Things like cottered cranks, entry level components and the like turned me off.  That had definitely changed by the time I built Sprint #2, a couple of years later.  Today, I like the Old School ride and no longer turn my nose at what many might consider to be a lesser bicycle.

When sprint #1 was finished, it was a truly beautiful bicycle.  Very few blemishes marred the Celeste green paint and the art was about as nice as you can get.  The fact that there were accessories included added considerably to the collectable nature of the old Italia bike.  As mentioned, the ride did little to impress but there were extenuating circumstances back then.  Today, I just might have interpreted the ride differently, as I did with Sprint #2.

At first I was not all that interested in the second Bianchi Sprint.  First impression was that it was a far cry from the bicycle that number one had been.  The second  Sprint looked to be beyond simple inexpensive repair, primarily because some of the chrome plated surfaces had experienced the ravages of oxidation.  None-the-less, as I looked the bicycle over, the desire to see how it was to ride pushed me into the full rebuild.

And Sprint #2 was a hoot to ride.  The ride qualities were nearly as nice as a late sixties or early seventies Legnano that I had found at the local Dump a few months the preceding summer.  I must admit that I did not ride #2 all that much but it did perform well on the twenty mile jaunt the bicycle and I shared.  The second Sprint fitted me like a glove and I came very close to keeping it.  That said, I cannot keep them all or I would have a collection of very nice vintage road bicycles that would easily exceed one hundred.  Nobody can ride a hundred bicycles nor can they maintain them, my opinion of course.

There is an interesting little anecdote that adds a bit of interest to the second Sprint.  I put the bicycle up for auction on Ebay, suggesting that it might be from the late sixties.  A somewhat offended viewer of the auction scolded me for not being truthful about the bicycle's age.  He suggested that it was much newer than I had reported.  I did revise my listing to reflect the individual's concern and to ensure that I was not misleading potential buyers.  Dating a bicycle can be a difficult task, more-so if the bicycle is not well known.  There is tons of vintage bicycle information on the WWW but not all of it is helpful in the research sense.  My guess as to vintage today, for both of these old road bicycles would be between 1968 and 1978 but that is just a guess.

Though I took little time focusing on Sprint #2's cosmetics, the bicycle did look pretty good when it was finished.  It certainly had a well earned patina of age, but the vintage appeal overpowered that concern.

 

 

 

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