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Bill Nye's 1982 Bianchi Pista

Sweet vintage Italian, acquired from a legend of my youth.

Frame:
59cm 1982 Bianchi Piaggio Pista, Columbus Tubing

Fork/Headset:
Shimano 600 Headset

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Gipiemme Special Crank & BB. 165 arms, 52t ring

Pedals:
MKS

Drivetrain/Cog/Chainring/Chain:
Shimano SF-1200 18t cog, KMC 710zx

Handlebars/Stem:
Nitto Jitensha, 3TTT 110mm Stem

Saddle/Seatpost:
NOS ITM Post, Blue Brooks B17

Brakes:
Shimano Ultegra Front Brake. Tektro FL750 lever

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Arraya Rim, Suntour Sprint Hub, Continental Grand Prix 4000

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Arraya Rim, Suntour Sprint Hub, Continental Grand Prix 4000

Accessories:
Brooks Bar Plugs, Brooks Bar Wrap

More Info:
One day, while walking near a friends house, I passed an open garage and noticed a few sweet lugged steel rides in it- one of which was the celeste green pista. I poked my head in to inspect further, and was greeted by the house's owner, who I quickly realized was none other than Bill Nye (The Science Guy). He is super friendly, we got to chatting, turns out he's a bike nut! After an hour of shooting the bike shit, I inquired about the pista, and he mentioned he hadn't ridden it in years, as he was getting too old for a track bike. My eyes lit up, but I kept it cool and casually offered to give it a new home. He thought it sounded like a good idea, insisted I took the tubular track wheelset as part of the deal, and one week later I was the proud new owner of this sweet ride. I went to work: repacked the bottom bracket, swapped the drop bars for nitto jitensha, the sr post for a nos ITM I had in the garage, added the sweet conti tires, blue brooks saddle and wrap. It's a little small for me, and honestly I don't like the aggressive riding position as much as my other rides, but it looks damn good and comes with a sweet story!

Added by heathmusic. Last updated almost 6 years ago.

As of almost 6 years ago, heathmusic has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

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Bikerider61901

Bikerider61901 says:

I have a 63cm/57cm trade frame's

Posted almost 2 years ago

yshvergara

yshvergara says:

Nice story!

Posted over 2 years ago

pekopa

pekopa says:

Nice ride Bill

Posted over 4 years ago

Aspence

Aspence says:

This is awesome!

Posted about 5 years ago

vqstaphbeard

vqstaphbeard says:

Great story and bike!

Posted over 5 years ago

B96

B96 says:

Best. Story. Ever.

Posted over 5 years ago

chops

chops says:

super clean. you're gonna miss this one.

Posted almost 6 years ago

heathmusic

heathmusic says:

Already do ;-)

Posted almost 6 years ago

jackjohnson

jackjohnson says:

You sold Bills bike?!?! Nooo

Posted almost 6 years ago

heathmusic

heathmusic says:

Unfortunately it had to be done. BUT, it's going to a great home!

Posted almost 6 years ago

2pwsmith

2pwsmith says:

best story on pedal room! passion celeste.

Posted almost 6 years ago

iscratchmymind

iscratchmymind says:

THE TEMPTATION IS SO REAL

Posted almost 6 years ago

heathmusic

heathmusic says:

to fill the empty spot left by your veloce.....?

Posted almost 6 years ago

iscratchmymind

iscratchmymind says:

Yes ;__; I miss that bike. I'd love to have a celeste Bianchi permanently in the stable, and this one would be such a sweetheart.

Posted almost 6 years ago

Rzjarvis93

Rzjarvis93 says:

dude holy shit thats the coolest thing i've ever heard i would crap my pants

Posted about 6 years ago

Rzjarvis93

Rzjarvis93 says:

did you buy this from Bill or he gave it to you?

Posted almost 6 years ago

heathmusic

heathmusic says:

bought it.

Posted almost 6 years ago

Vonruden

Vonruden says:

Nice Bianchi...just my size :)

Posted over 6 years ago

iscratchmymind

iscratchmymind says:

This is amazing. Lucky you two are about the same size!

Posted over 6 years ago

DetroitNoah

DetroitNoah says:

You got this from Bill Nye the Science Guy?! Awesome!

Posted over 6 years ago

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