- Owner: andymangold
- Country: United States
- Brand: Bianchi
- Model: Unknown
- Posted: 08 February 2010
About this bike
Hi, I’m Andy, a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.
This is my Bianchi road bike I got of of Craigslist last summer after I crashed and totalled my everyday rider. I was never able to figure out the exact model or year, but I suspect it’s early to mid seventies. When I got it, it had a beat up royal blue coat of paint and so I made it my winter project to refinish this baby.
I had the frame sandblasted down to the raw steel and clear powder coated to show off the material and welds. The parts I replaced on it are as follows:
– Back wheel is a Sturmey Archer SRF3 laced to a Velocity Aerohead rim (from Craigslist)
– Front wheel is a Surly hub laced to a Velocity Aero rim
– Nitto/Velo Orange Montmarte bars, flipped and wrapped in Elkhide
– Bar end brake levers from Tektro
– Single Salsa interrupter lever on the left
– Brooks B-17 Champion that I have moved from bike to bike for about a year
– Velo Orange pedals
– MKS Clips with Leather wrapped toes
– Velo Orange Leather Straps
– Fyxation Session 700 Tires
– Woven steel brake cables from Velo Orange
All other parts are the same as when I received the bike. I had to wrap the shifter cable to the frame with waxed linen thread because the road bike obviously didn’t have the proper mounts to accommodate a 3 speed.
Riding this on the streets of Baltimore almost everyday. Please let me know if you need any more information.
Hybrid is fine with me, I don’t much care how it is labeled. I was trying to make the perfect city bike: three highish speeds and an upright riding position for visibility in traffic.
Hey Andy, i would say maybe it’s a hybrid then. Although it’s a road frame, an internal 3 speed mechanism and it’s looks suggest more of hybrid. Happy to change if you object mind you; it’s a hard one to call?
I don’t know if this better fits into the road bike category, but it is worth mentioning that this is not a single-speed, but a 3 speed, internally shifting hub.