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Bianchi Brava has sold!

The Bianchi Brava has been sold to a friend who was looking for a long distance road bike.  It fit her perfectly and she just loves the bike. I feel very glad to help her out and look forward to seeing it come back for tune-ups and adjustments.

This is my first bike sold and it’s great to know that I can do this so that it’s feasible that I can turn this into a profitable hobby.

Now, this leaves me with a problem of having money but with no project that I can complete.  It’s a good problem to have.  My strategy now is to ask on Craigslist for people looking to get rid of their old 10 speeds so I can build up a good supply of parts and hope to finish off the Lotus before too long.

80’s Bianchi Brava Project Complete

The 80’s Bianchi Brava is complete and it came out great!


Excuse the bad pictures, there is literally a swarm of tiny mosquitoes in the backyard.

I gave it a quick ride around the neighborhood and it is smooth and quiet.  Light weight, shifts quickly, brakes like an 80s bike with single pivot brakes.  I would consider upgrading the brakes to modern dual pivot brakes as time goes on.  Not that these brakes are unsafe but it’s comparable to drum brakes vs. disc brakes on a car.

Vital Specs:
– 55cm frame for riders 5’4″ to 5’8″, standover height is 31.5″.
– 12 speed, downtube friction shifters
– Standard pedals with toe clips
– Woman’s gel saddle

I’m going to release it to Facebook first and then on Craigslist after a few days.

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.

Lotus Elite Frame

I found an interesting frame on Craigslist the other weekend – a mid 80s, Lotus Elite, size 60cm (my size).  As I learned, this is the entry level Lotus but for the price I paid, I’m not worried about it.  It will be a good, fast around town beater and if it doesn’t fit right, I think it will sell quickly.


sweet head badge


Hsin Lung handlebar – what a mark of quality 😉


Lotus detail on the fork crown


VERY grimy but no dings and no real rust.  My plan is new saddle, new brake hoods, new cables, new brake pads, new chain, new bar tape.  I don’t have any 27″ wheels so this project has been shelved until I can procure a set.

Are you digging that Park PRS-20 workstand?  I’ll do a review of it later.