Claire's new 1987/88/89? Bianchi Nuova Alloro
Flickr photos for all the pre-cleaning details.
In its current state, it is 100% Italian, and 100% Campagnolo; even has the original bar tape, and cables. The paint is pearlescent white - just beautiful in the California sun. The details are stunning, and tell a story from a time when craftsmanship still outweighed mass manufacturing (even though it was mass manufactured). Example: Why don't bicycles come with the chain hanger braze-on anymore? Grant Petersen, why doesn't my Rivendell Rambouillet have one? It's the best idea that is no longer used, except on really expensive "custom" bikes.
Don't cringe, but the idea is to Rivenfry the bike to make it a more comfy steed; we'll put a higher stem on there, a Nitto Noodle handlebar, and a nice Brooks saddle. It's pretty to look at, but that current aggressive stance is not something one can ride very far before things start to ache.
Once we're done tweaking it to Mrs. Zahnd's liking, I'll post the 'After' photos.
What a score! Oh, and Claire's wondering what to name her new girl. "It must be a girl, because no boy could ever be so beautiful," says she.