Today’s 10-speed entry is this mid 70s Bianchi Sprint from Mark in Long Island, New York.
Here is my 1970’s (not sure of the exact year) Bianchi Sprint. The bike has a 1973-74 Campione del Mondo sticker, and was brought to the US from Italy for my father by his mother. After sitting idle for decades, I decided to start using it. After riding it for a year with it’s original Campagnolo downtube shifters and derailleurs, I decided to upgrade to something more uh, reliable. I put a Campagnolo Veloce 10 speed (I know, different kind of 10 speed) brifter system on, out on a Campy Centaur BB, and new Campy derailleurs. I had to put Sakae cranks on with the original engraved Bianchi chainrings, as the original Sugino Maxy’s sat too far inward on the new BB. All the other components are original, including the 3ttt ‘Touriste’ stem and ‘Olympic’ bars, the Bianchi seat, Ambrosio wheels, Regina 5 speed freewheel, and unlabeled hubs. The 10 speed shifters require two ‘clicks’ to shift up on the 5 speed freewheel, and shift down perfectly. This bike it a joy to ride and I ride in Long Island, NY.
Mark, thanks for sending in this beautiful Bianchi.