Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle After

This is Annette's Bianchi Veloce restoration.  The Bianchi Veloce is a great bike with some pretty nice Campagnolo components.  Annette has had the Bianchi for sometime and really likes it so its time for a restoration.  I can't wait wait to get started on the Bianchi.

The Bianchi will receive a total restoration with new powder coat paint, I found a very nice powder color match to match the Bianchi Celeste color.  The Bianchi will also get new bearings, tires, tire tubes, cables, cable housings, brake pads and handlebar tape.

The Bianchi Veloce is in okay starting shape, the components are in good starting shape, the paint is not but that is okay, the wheels are in good starting shape also.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Handlebars

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Stem

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration
Bicycle Before - Head Tube

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Brake

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Fork

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Wheel Hub

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration
Bicycle Before - Stem

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Down Tube
Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Down Tube

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Crank

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Front Derailleur

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Bottom Bracket

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Brake

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Derailleur

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Before
Rear Wheel Hub

The paint of the Bianchi's paint was in very rough shape so the frame went out to powder coating.  I had Britte Industries in Arlington Heights do the powder coating.  I found the color that matches the Bianchi very well and a high gloss top coat and brought it with the frame to Britte.  Britte did a good job on the powder coating and the color is perfect.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Frame - New Powder Coat

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Frame - New Powder Coat
Head Tube

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Frame - New Powder Coat
Down Tube

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - New Powder Coat
Bottom Bracket

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - New Powder Coat
Seat Stays

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - New Powder Coat
Drop Outs

The fork is a very nice carbon fiber fork.  The fork is in good shape and need only some cleaning and polishing.  The fork polished very nice and is extremely light.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Fork - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Fork Before - Fork Crown

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Fork Polished

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Fork Polished - Fork Crown

The headset is a very nice headset.  A cool feature of the headset is a band that covers the headset, it is thee black stripe with the Bianchi logo.  I cleaned the headset and polished it, the headset polished beautifully and installed it looks fantastic with the new powder coat and the polished fork.

The bottom bracket is an Italian thread cartridge bottom bracket, the bottom bracket is in really good shape and still spins perfect, It installed easy.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Polished

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Headset
Bearing Cups - Press

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Headset
Bearings Cups - Pressed

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Headset
Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bottom Bracket
Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Headset & Bottom Bracket
Complete

Next on the list is the stem and handlebars.  The handlebars are in good shape and the stem is in good starting shape.  I removed the old handlebar tape and the brake levers and cleaned the handlebars and stem.  The handlebars polished very nice and the stem looks great, I did use some touch up paint on a few scratches and it looks perfect.

The stem and handlebars look great installed with the new powder coat.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Handlebars & Stem - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Stem - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Brake Lever
Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Brake Lever
Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Stem - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Sem & Handlebars - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Stem - Polished

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Handlebars - Polished

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Stem & Handlebars
Complete
The crank is a beautiful Campagnolo crank.  I disassembled the crank and cleaned and polished the pieces.  The crank polished extremely nice and looks fantastic against the new powder coat.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Crank - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Crank - Exploded

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Crank - Polished

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Crank Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Crank
Installed
The front derailleur is also a Campagnolo derailleur, also a very nice component.  I cleaned and polished the front derailleur and then lubricated the pivot points.  The derailleur functions great and looks great with the new powder coat.  I think I am saying that a lot but the paint is great!

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Campagnolo Deraileurs
Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Derailleur - Exploded

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Derailleur
Polished

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Derailleur
Installed
Next on the list is the seat post, the seat post is surprisingly light, the seat post polished decently but some of the scratches where a little to deep to be remove.  Installed the seat post looks great with the paint and the saddle installed.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Seat Post - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Seat Post - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Seat Post - Polished

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Seat Post
Saddle - Installed
Next is the brake calipers.  The brake calipers are nice dual pivot, being dual pivot and hat they flushed and cleaned very well I did not totally disassemble them.  i polished the pieces and installed the brake calipers.

The Campagnolo brake pads I got are not fitting the brake calipers so I will get ones that fit tomorrow.  Like everything else the polish brake calipers look fantastic with the new paint.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Brake Calipers - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Brake Calipers
Exploded

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Brake Calipers - Polished

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Brake Calipers Complete
Minus the Brake Pads

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration
Front Brake Caliper
Installed

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration
 Rear Brake Caliper
Installed
The wheels are very nice wheels, the rear wheel has cartridge bearings so they do not get replaced, cartridge bearings are very nice and meant to be rode until they stop.  The front wheel hub is pretty standard.  I disassembled the wheels and did the cleaning, I then polished the hubs and they look fantastic.  I replaced the front bearings and packed them in new grease.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Rear Wheel
Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Rear Wheel Hub - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Rear Wheel Rim - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Rear Wheel
Cartridge Bearings

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Rear Wheel Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Wheel
Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Wheel Hub - Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Wheel Rim
Before

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Wheel - Old Grease

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Wheel Hub - Polished

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Wheel Components
Polished

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Wheel Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Wheels - Complete
At this point its time for all the new bits and pieces.  The new brake pads, new tires and tubes, new cables & cable housings and new handlebar tape.

The brake pads installed easy but I did need to use the original brake pad nuts as the new nuts where to wide.  The brake pads are nice with the chrome housing compared to the old rubber ones.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - New Bits & Pieces

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Front Brake Pads
Installed

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Rear Brake Pads
Installed - Sorry Bad Photo
Next was the new Continental folding bead tires.  The tires are very nice and very easy to install for 700 x 23 mm tires.  The new tires look great installed against the new powder coat and all the restored components.  Its really coming together.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - New Continental Tires
Installed
Next is installing the new cables and cable housings.  The cables and housing went easy and the new cable housings look great with the new powder coat.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Cables & Housings
Installed

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Cables & Housings
Installed

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Cables & Housings
Installed
Tomorrow the chain and some test riding, then the new handlebar tape.  I have the Bianchi decals, or the best match I could find. I use some time tomorrow for one more search to see if I can find an exact match but I think that might be unlikely but the decals I have are pretty good.

The Bianchi is basically done except for the decals which I am searching one more time for a better match, I have a pretty good match but its me and I like things just so.

I took the Bianchi for a test ride and right of the front derailleur and shift lever was not working well at all, the shift lever was not releasing back after shifting, After a lot of examining I discovered a small spring was missing inside the shift lever, I was very lucky to have an old broken Campy shift and brake lever that I could take the spring from.  The front derailleur now shifts perfectly although it was a frustrating couple of hours.

The Bianchi test road beautifully after the spring was installed, very fast and very smooth and that is on a bike that is way to small for me, I bet it will ride even more amazing for Annette.  I am very impressed with the ride quality and the quality of the Bianchi overall.

When I make a decision on the final decals I will take and post final photos.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Handlebar Tape - Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Handlebar Tape
Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Minus Decals

 I applied new glue to the head badge and installed it.  It looks fantastic installed.  The decal set came with a head badge decal but nothing is as cool as a real head badge.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Head Badge - Cleaned

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration
Head Badge - Installed
 I went back and fourth on decals for a long time.  The original decals are not avalable so i had to work with what was.  I found a lot of decals that looked similar but had colors in them that would look wrong like a red highlight.

I finally decided on the classic Celeste color decals.  They are not as flashy as the original decals but look so very cool being the same tone, almost like a ghost effect!  I don't know if it was the correct choice but i think they turned out fantastic.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - New Decal Set

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Laying Out Decal Position

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Made in Italy Decal
Beautiful! Absolutley Beautiful!!

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Down Tube Decal Installation

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Down Tube Decal
Installation

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Down Tube Decal
Installed

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration
Seat Stay Decal - Isntalled

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Top Tube Decal
Installed
 The test rides have been down but I just want to say again the Bianchi rides fantastic, shifting is very crisp and it stops on a dime.

Even better then the ride is the looks of the Bianchi! The Powder coat turned out fantastic, just fantastic!!  I could not be happier with the results.  All t he components polished beautifully and really look good against the Bianchi color.  The black components really compliment the color nicely and the black wall tires are perfect!

The Bianchi was a lot of fun to work on and I am super pleased with the results, the color is truly stunning.

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Handlebars

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Brake

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Front Wheel

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Stem

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration
Bicycle Complete - Front Half

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Bianchi Decal

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Saddle

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Drive Train

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Brake

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear Wheel

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Rear

Annette's Bianchi Veloce Restoration - Bicycle Complete
Decals
Thank you for the interest,
John Z.

3 comments:

  1. Like stepping back in time to a late 1990s bike shop to pick up a brand new Bianchi - Bravissimo!

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  2. What is the exact brand and color powdercoat you chose? It's beautiful.

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  3. Great work! What an amazing Bianchi! I am curious, when you say "polish" what exactly to do you do and do you use a certain product? Thanks!

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