is a largish picture of my beloved Bianchi...purchased with my first
job earnings in 1984 in Heidelberg, W. Germany for the princely
sum of $400 US (tax-free and a sweet discount courtesy of a U.S.
government business agreement). I am steadily adding Campagnolo
bits to it to replace foolish "improvements" I've made over the
years. It won't be entirely Campy when I am done -- I am trying
to represent some of the other Italian manufacturers such as Gipiemme
(brakes), Ofmega (a pristine pair of "Super Competizione" cranks
that I bought in 1987), ITM (bar/stem combo). One of the truly interesting
features of this bike are the original Campagnolo "990" derailleurs,
much maligned by so-called "serious" Campy collectors, but entirely
bulletproof and quite striking, in my experience. I have about 25K
miles on these, and they function as they did when I first rolled
out of the Bianchi/Piaggio shop in Germany -- perfectly!
am still running a Maillard "Helicomatic" hub and freewheel -- salvaged
from a crashed Trek and used to replace a badly taco-ed Mavic E2
rim. Soon I will be upgrading to some Velocity rims with a vintage
pair of Campagnolo Record hubs and a beautiful 6-speed Regina Oro
freewheel I scored off Ebay.
love the site --keep up the great work!