Saturday, November 12, 2011

1998 Bianchi Trofeo 57cm NOS

Having bought over 400 vintage bikes in the last 5 years this only the 3rd one that I have found in this condition. This bicycle was bought new in 1998 at Highland Cycles in Louisville KY by a bike enthausist who owned several other bikes. A computer was installed which shows just over 300 miles. The rest of the time it sat stored in a spare room in the house. 1998 was the last year that Bianchi frames were hand braised in Italy.

Specs are as follows;
Years this model was made: 1995, 1997, 1998
Bicycle Type Road/sport
MSRP (new) $819.00
Sizes 49 cm, 51 cm, 53 cm, 55 cm, 57 cm, 59 cm, 61 cm, 63 cm
Colors Fire red, silver
Item ID 79115
Frame & Fork
Frame Construction Lugged
Frame Tubing Material Dedacciai Zero/Tre
Fork Brand & Model Bianchi
Fork Material Dedacciai chromoly, butted, unicrown crown
Components; Campagnolo Avanti
Brakeset; Campagnolo Avanti dual pivot brakes, Campagnolo Avanti levers
Shift Levers; Campagnolo Avanti Ergo
Front Derailleur; Campagnolo Avanti, bottom-pull/braze-on
Rear Derailleur; Campagnolo Avanti
Crankset; Campagnolo Avanti
Bottom Bracket; Ofmega Axis, 119mm spindle
BB Shell Width; 68mm English
Rear Cogs; 8-speed, 13 - 26 teeth
Chain; Sachs SC-20, 1/2 x 3/32"
Seatpost; Selcof, 27.2mm diameter
Saddle; Selle Italia Future Race
Handlebar; ITM Super Europa
Handlebar Stem; ITM
Headset; 1" Miche Trofeo
Hubs; Campagnolo Avani Rims
Rims; Ambrosio Super Elete clinchers
Tires; 700 x 25c Vittoria Roma
Spoke Brand; Inox stainless steel, 2.0mm straight gauge
Spoke Nipples; Brass nipples

This fine bicycle is available for purchase for $950.00

Friday, November 11, 2011

Meet Perry

Meet Perry Finley, AKA Our Hero, AKA Super Perry, AKA Perry Finley Internet Sensation. Perry comes in when he wants, contributes what he wants, and, as Vic plainly states, "We are blessed to have him as a part of the shop." He has helped Vic improve the products in stock, and he is a mainstay, go-to consultant for any project.

To Perry, bicycles are simply "A wonderful way to get around." When asked what first made him interested in bicycles as an adult, Perry says he never got away from bicycles so he didn't ever have to come back to them. When everyone in high school was getting cars and motorcycles, Perry got into that too, but he never stopped riding the bicycle either.

Perry has ridden his bicycle across the USA from Astoria, Oregon to Norfolk, Virginia. When he got done, he still felt like riding his bike, so he rode around the that part of the East Coast a little bit, going to Virginia Beach, then up to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and back down to Washington DC! He has also been a daily bicycle commuter for 25+ years. Perry has been involved with the Louisville Bicycle Club for the past five years, where he is an enthusiastic ride captain.

To Perry, Louisville is a great town for bicycling. He enjoys working on his bikes, as well as working with Vic, Justin and Beth at the shop. For the past three or four years he has become a fixed gear enthusiast. He says, "The fixed gear bike and the rider become one, and you have more feedback with the terrain." He also managed to survive this.

Perry works at the University of Louisville and is from Louisville. He is married to Anita Finley, who he has been with for 37 years! They have two children, Perry IV and Tilly.

By John Wade