[CR]Unidentified Bianchi from the 1930's and a hello from a new reader

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To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: "Mikael Gustafsson" <mikael.gustafsson@saunalahti.fi>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 20:15:30 +0300
Subject: [CR]Unidentified Bianchi from the 1930's and a hello from a new reader


I am Mikael Gustafsson, a 25 year old cinematographer living in Helsinki, Finland. I have always been enthusiastic about bicycles, I never got a driving license since I commute with bikes. After the last find described later, I got recommendations to turn to all of you guys considering questions with vintage lightweights. So I am here, glad to see that so many share my passion for great worksmanship and attention for details.

I was lucky enough to get my hands on an old Bianchi, apparently from the 1930's. I have already made plans to reconstruct and clean it up as well as I possibly can, but we are still missing some crucial information concerning age and make of the bike. I have asked around here and there on the net, emailed some specialists and posted on http://www.oldroads.com and on the Bianchi forums, and here is what I know so far:

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The frame was stamped with the numbers 127/1 underneath the pedals, and at the saddle-bar there was a code at least similar to 700306 (might be 7c0306 as well).

Along with the bike came one set of Huret gears, and one set of Simplex gears. One wheel had the marking "Phillips superior, Steel HLB (or Hub), British made". The other just read "Bianchi". The saddle had a "Bianchi" metal stamp in the back and "Aquila" stamped into the leather at the sides. The freewheel had the markings "Regina" and "Merate". I also found the seemingly original drop handlebar and the stem which are not pictured.

Some experts say the frame could be from the 30's, and I have found pictures on the Wooljersey gallery of a bike very similar which is proclaimed to be from 1932. Some of these experts may even be reading this list, thanks to Mike and Warren in that case! I was also suggested that the rear drop-outs might fit an Campagnolo Corsa derailleur/gears. I will be able to take additional photos after I get back to the garage next monday, I'll update with new pictures at that point.

I would be extremely thankfull if you could spare a few minutes in case you know anything about this gorgeous bike. I am also open to hear suggestions on how to reconstruct and restore it, I might not be able to gather the money for all the real parts, but I'd like to get at least close.

Thank you very much for reading and have a pleasant autumn!

Mikael Gustafsson