80’s Bianchi Brava Project Update

I’m almost finished with the Bianchi Brava project.   I bought this bike at a garage sale for a reasonable price and have put some quality parts and time in to bring it back to a useable condition.

Updates so far…
– Newer Maxxis Re-Fuse 700x23c tires, newer tubes – very low miles on tires
– Installed NOS Miche brake levers – check that non-aero, retro style!
– Installed NOS Miche brake cables and housings
– Front and rear derailleur adjustments
– Rear brake adjustment

It now just needs new bar tape, front brake adjustment, a coat of Pedro’s Bike Lust Polish, fresh air in the tires, some Rock N Roll  Gold Lube  on the chain and it will be ready for market.

This will be a solid bike for someone looking to get into cycling or looking for a quality commuter.  Very sturdy frame and components including friction downtube shifters.  There are some small pits of rust on the paint but it won’t affect the strength of the frame – the seatpost and stem have been greased and the inside of the frame looks great.  It could be sandblasted and repainted but at this point, it’s probably better just to ride it into the ground or commute and lock it up without worrying about the paint.


A piece of Italy in Duluth, MN.


Columbus tubing! Even though it’s lower grade, it’s still Columbus.

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