|Bianchi - Before - Side View|
This week I started a restoration of Emmett's Bianchi Aeros. The bike comes from the early 90's. The obvious is it needs wheels along with new cables and housings and bar tape. Emmett has a cool black and white theme picked out. He is looking for black rim 700c wheels and we will put black housing and bar tape on.
The bike is very interesting. It has a touring geometry, a touring stem and a triple crank. This will be a pretty comfortable fast ride.
|Bianchi - Before - Crank Set|
|Bianchi - Before - Bottom Bracket and Crank|
|Bianchi - Before - Front Derailleur|
|Bianchi - Before - Rear Derailleur|
|Bianchi - Before - Brake Levers|
|Bianchi - Before - Rear Brake|
|Bianchi - Before - Front Brake|
|Bianchi - Before - Stem & Handle Bars|
With the frame stripped of components I started to clean the frame. The dirt and grease cleaned fairly easily. With the frame cleaned I polished it. I am pleased with the results, just a few chips and scratches, I am hoping to have a color that matches the off colored white.
|Bianchi - Frame Stripped of Components|
|Bianchi - Frame - Dirty -Bottom Bracket|
|Bianchi - Frame - Dirty - Drop Outs|
|Bianchi - Frame - Polished|
I put the headset and bottom bracket components in the crock pot with soapy water on low. The components have a thick sticky grease on everything. It the stickiest grease I have ever seen. Very difficult to clean. I soak the parts in the crock pot, take them out and wipe them down and soak them again. I am on round eight of this. I am not sure what kind of grease it is, but I have not come across it before.
|Bianchi - Headset & Bottom Bracket - Before|
Next I polished the handle bars. The bars are in great shape, most bars this age are badly scratched from removing the bars from the stem. But these bars are in great shape, they polished up very nice.
|Bianchi - Before - Handlebars|
|Bianchi - Before - Stem|
|Bianchi - Stem Polished|
|Bianchi - Handle Bars Polished|
|Bianchi - Brake Levers Before & After|
Today the headset and bottom bracket components finally cleaned up. I polished out the components and installed both the headset and bottom bracket. With the headset complete I installed the stem and handle bars. Things really look nice polished up. I have the crank set soaking in soapy water, not in the crock pot though. the crank should be ready tomorrow. I also have the derailleurs and brakes soaking in the soapy water.
|Bianchi - Headset Cups Polished & Installed|
|Bianchi - Headset Bearing Packed|
|Bianchi - Headset Cup Race Installed|
|Bianchi - Stem Polished & Installed|
|Bianchi - Handle Bars Installed|
|Binachi - Bottom Bracket - Fixed Cup Installed|
|Bianchi - Bottom Bracket Complete|
|Bianchi - To This Point|
|Bianchi - Crank - Before|
|Bianchi - Crank - Disassembled|
|Bianchi - Crank - Polished & Installed|
Have a good night,
|Bianchi - Derailleurs - Before|
Today I finished the derailleurs, brakes, seat post and bolt and installed the second brake lever. I can't do much more then that until Emmett receives the wheels. Tomorrow I will remove the down tube decal and the chain stay guard Emmett has new Bianchi decals that are a better fit for the black and white theme. I was going to remove them today, but at the start I ran out of Goo Gone and will need to get some in the morning.
I got a new Camera this weekend from my sister. It is a nice Canon with three lenses, one for very close ups. It also has a ring flash for better close up photos. I am very excited about it and started to take the bike photos with it today.
|New Canon Camera|
The brakes are in great shape, cleaned up and polished wonderfully. The rear brake needs some adjustment, the lock nuts are set a little to tightly, I will adjust that when I get the wheels. The front brake had a decal that was almost worn off, only a few letters left, the D, i and C of DiComp, so during polishing I just removed the rest, it looks a lot better that way.
|Bianchi - Brakes & Derailleurs Polished - Old Camera|
|Bianchi - Brakes & Derailleurs Polished - New Canon Camera|
|Bianchi - Front Brake - Installed|
|Bianchi - Rear Brake - Installed|
|Bianchi - Front Derailleur - Installed|
|Bianchi - Rear Derailleur - Installed|
Below is a photo of the Bianchi to this point. Tomorrow I will remove the decals and then its waiting on the wheels.
Have a good night,
|Bianchi - To This Point|
Emmett brought over the wheels and freewheel this weekend. Very nice high end Bianchi wheels and some nice white striped tires.
I started with the front wheel. Mainly just cleaning up a little old grease and packing new grease. I really like the quality of these wheels, the bearing surfaces are chromed and show just a little wear. With the front hub overhauled I trued the front wheel, which was almost perfect to start, and installed the new tube and tire. Looks good with the white stripe.
|Bianchi - Front Wheel - Old Grease|
|Bianchi - Front Wheel - Bearing Surfaces|
|Bianchi - Front Bearings - Packed|
|Bianchi - Front Wheel - Complete & Installed|
With the freewheel switched out, with a generous amount of grease, I trued the wheel and installed the new tube and tire. The wheel was badly out of true with a curb dent in the rim. I was able to fix the dent only slightly with different pliers. I did not want to wreck the rim more. The dent is still there, but a little better. I really like the the white tire combination.
|Bianchi - Rear Wheel - Before|
|Bianchi - Rear Wheel - Freewheel Removed|
|Bianchi - New Freewheel|
|Bianchi - New Freewheel - Installed|
|Bianchi - Rear Wheel - Installed|
I finished off the bike yesterday. The bike now shifts well and the brakes are working well. With everything tuned I installed the new handlebar tape. The test ride went well, the bike rides smooth, solid and fast.
|Bianchi - Handlebar Tape Installed|
|Bianchi - Finished - Side View|
|Bianchi - Finished - Angle View|
|Bianchi - Finished - Front View|
|Bianchi - Finished - Drive Train|
|Bianchi - Finished - Rear View|