> >

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 over 10 years ago.

As of over 10 years ago, heathmusic has indicated that they no longer own this bike.

Latest 20 Comments

Show all 33 comments

Bikerider61901

Bikerider61901 says:

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

Posted over 6 years ago

heathmusic

heathmusic says:

I wish I had seen this before I sold it! Totally would have done the trade!!

Posted almost 3 years ago

yshvergara

yshvergara says:

Nice story!

Posted over 6 years ago

pekopa

pekopa says:

Nice ride Bill

Posted almost 9 years ago

Aspence

Aspence says:

This is awesome!

Posted over 9 years ago

vqstaphbeard

vqstaphbeard says:

Great story and bike!

Posted almost 10 years ago

B96

B96 says:

Best. Story. Ever.

Posted about 10 years ago

chops

chops says:

super clean. you're gonna miss this one.

Posted over 10 years ago

heathmusic

heathmusic says:

Already do ;-)

Posted over 10 years ago

jackjohnson

jackjohnson says:

You sold Bills bike?!?! Nooo

Posted over 10 years ago

heathmusic

heathmusic says:

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

Posted over 10 years ago

2pwsmith

2pwsmith says:

best story on pedal room! passion celeste.

Posted over 10 years ago

iscratchmymind

iscratchmymind says:

THE TEMPTATION IS SO REAL

Posted over 10 years ago

heathmusic

heathmusic says:

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

Posted over 10 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 over 10 years ago

Rzjarvis93

Rzjarvis93 says:

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

Posted over 10 years ago

Rzjarvis93

Rzjarvis93 says:

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

Posted over 10 years ago

heathmusic

heathmusic says:

bought it.

Posted over 10 years ago

Vonruden

Vonruden says:

Nice Bianchi...just my size :)

Posted over 10 years ago

iscratchmymind

iscratchmymind says:

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

Posted over 10 years ago

Show 13 more comments