Late 80's or early 90's (don't know) Bianchi Broadway on Ebay for
$110 with shipping. Finish was in very good condition, tires almost
new. Looks like the bike wasn't ridden much, but that will be changing!
Replaced fasteners with stainless steel. Repainted handlebar, stem
and brake lever brackets with Rustoleum Lacquer. Replaced brake
cables and housings. Had to steelwool some corrosion off of the
spokes (not stainless). Araya rims.
crank... I used a 1/4" drill bit to drill out the spot welds that
held the 28T and 48T rings in place, leaving the 38T middle ring.
It and the Shimano crank arms got the lacquer treatment as well.
New SRAM 850 chain. Total cost - $204.08.
bought this bike as a single speed project, but made a couple of
mistakes. #1, I wanted a chrome moly frame. This one is High-Ten,
heavier than I wanted (about 28.5 lbs). #2, it was a 15 speed bike
with the old style freewheel. That Surly cog I bought won't work,
so the original cassette is still in place. I'm using the 14T cog
right now, but I've set up the tensioner to allow me to use the
17T and 20T as well. Couple of minutes to adjust the tensioner wheel
and off we go in a new gear.
Well, I figure if it worked as a 15 speed, it will work now. Chain
is pretty straight, but does have some deflection, more or less
depending on which cog I'm running. If the tension wheel is adjusted
properly, the chain runs quiet. With 38-14 gearing, I get a good
workout on the hills and decent speed on the flat. I expect to see
the benefit in my road bike riding. Spent two hours riding today,
streets and paths. This single speed thing is everything you all
said it was! I'll be doing my recreational riding with this bike.