Before and after.

Comparison of condition at the example of a 1960 Bianchi Specialissima.

The bike was first photographed like found and then again after an intensely clean up.

It was the effort for to preserve as much substance as possible without exchange or renew parts, paint, chrome or decals.Beside few former replaced or upgraded parts like the Fibrax brake pads and some old paint touch ups only tires, chain, front wheel and top race/cap of headset had been replaced. Unfortunately we did not find a correct matching headset race then. Also the orignal front wheel was cracked and had been replaced.

 

BIANCHI SPECIALISSIMA Italy 1960

list number 302
frame number #160313 on seat lug and #313 on fork crown
frame/fork Bianchi, Columbus, lugged
drivetrain Campagnolo Record/Gran Sport 51/47t/Regina Gran Sport 5-speed freewheel/Regina SC chain
wheels Campagnolo Record high flange hubs, 36h/Fiamme red label 700/Clement Grifo 26mm tubulars
brakes Universal Mod.61 centerpull
bar/stem Ambrosio Champion alu 365mm c-c/Ambrosio Champion alu 110mm c-c
saddle/post Brooks B17 Champion Standard/Campagnolo Record 27.2mm 130mm
finish original paintwork with some older touch ups
plus some parts replaced
   
geometry seat tube 57cm c-c (59cm c-t), top tube 57cm c-c, weight 10.8kg
rating 3