It's a beauty, and well used, not just an ornament. One of these days, I'm going to get up the nerve to try one of those two-tone paint fades.
Nice frame, but a mish-mash of parts. Love to see it all done in Campy..... Interesting Stronglight crank, and could be beautiful polished up. Missing its rear drop-outs adjustment screws.
Craig, Funny, you have such a keen eye! I am looking at avery old, worn Bianchi (these days....it's turning into a long, enjoyable journey!) and it's missing the same screws, as well. The Stronglight crank is gorgeous, I agree. The camera on my iPhone makes two copies of each photo-one "layered" and one normal. I think the one you see is layered, enhancing the lovely, worn aspects of the crank. You can see the patina well, yes? If you like, I'll send you a link to the photos of the Bianchi I'm chasing...and, speaking of Campagnolo, do you know of Bill Ward Cycles, 17152 Cedar Rd., Lake Oswego, OR? My friend Barry Dykes sourced many of the Campy parts for his unbelievably beautiful 60's vintage Ciocc from Bill Ward Cycles: http://www.zoobird.com/group/bikezoo/forum/topics/cioecc-a-beautifu...
I've bought those rear dropout chain tensioning screws from Bikes and More on NW 6th Street. I can't find them online, probably because I don't quite know what to call them. But, Paul will fix you up with some and they're surprisingly affordable.
Bikes and More is one of my favorite LBS. Paul has been so incredibly generous with tips about wheel building, sharing things that most people would consider closely guarded secrets. Chandler Otis was my LBS guy 30 years ago when he was at Peddlers on University Avenue, and he's still going strong.
But mostly, I stop in to pet Mrs Snuggle Britches:
Can't wait to hear more about the Bianchi. I happen to think that the 105 group is the sweet spot in the Shimano lineup; a good compromise between cost and quality.
I just finished rebuilding a 1995 Trek ATB for my nephew. I haven't taken pics yet, but I will soon. I painted it in "Camaro Gold" which is kind of retro looking. It's the first frame I put decals on after I painted. I got the decals in brown and clear-coated over them. I've been riding the Trek for a few days, and so far, I'm pleased. The original Altus derailleurs shift perfectly, and the original canti brakes work fine, although they are a little bit ugly. I'd like to add some nice fenders and racks, and turn it into a real touring bike.