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Classy Lady for a Classy Lady

80's Japanese made Bianchi gets a fresh new look.

1984 Bianchi Special. 49cm. Ishiwata 019

Ishiwata 019 + Tange Levin NJS

Crankset/Bottom Bracket:
Shimano Golden Arrow (49t), Shimano UN-55

Vintage Rat Traps

Shimano SF-1200 (19t)

Velo Orange Porteur + Nitto Pearl

Brooks B17S + Strong Japan

Tektro R539 Calipers + Tektro FL750 Levers

Front Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sun Rims/Formula Hubs/Continental Grand Prix Classic

Rear Wheel/Hub/Tire:
Sun Rims/Formula Hubs/Continental Grand Prix Classic

nitto bar end plugs, leather wrap, brass bell

More Info:
I'd been looking for the right frame to build up for my wife, since we parted with her 68' Raleigh Sports. She loved the classic black, tan, chrome and leather look of the Raleigh, but not the heavy ride and lack of stopping power. The Bianchi frame met all my requirements: chromoly steel throughout, forged dropouts and chrome socks, all in the smallest size possible. I picked it up for a reasonable price, took it straight to powder coat, and then went to work. The build came together quickly. Only tricky part was lining the lugs, but an oil based gold paint pen worked like a charm! Not only is she a classy lady, she rides super smooth, handles nimbly, and stops on a dime. My wife absolutely loves it! My only problem is that it might be the prettiest bike in the garage now! ;-)

Added by heathmusic. Last updated about 9 years ago.

1 Comment


PlanetaryDrive says:

Hi, Beautiful frame. I was looking for 1982 Bianchi decals/stickers and found they match what is shown on your frame.

Posted about 8 years ago