Greater Kansas City Bike Repair

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Sorry folks, no more wrenching. I am willing to help those who already know about me and that I have provided service to, but beyond that I am out of the garage bike repair business. What remains here is now a blog about bikes from some guy named Matt that lives in KC. If you care, read on, if you don't, move on. Yes I thought that I would start a bike store in Mission, KS and a new employer hired me just before I signed papers, so sorry folks. Take care and happy trails.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

55cm Bianchi Volpe Lugged Touring Frame - $100

Clearing out all of the unneeded bikes and parts out of my collection and this was a touring frame that I was going to have sandblasted and repainted so that I could make a nice touring / cyclocross bike setup. The frame is from the mid 80's and was made in Japan. The frame material is Bianchi Superset Double-Butted Tange Cro-Moly tubing and is lugged for a super stout frame. The fork is also Tange Cro-Moly tubing. I know that the frame is a 55cm size (C to C, seat tube and 55cm top tube).

All of those cool touring rack eyelets are there including those bolt holes halfway up the fork, and eyelets for fenders as well. The frame has cantilever posts for brakes and can be retro-fitted for v-brakes. I have disassembled and regreased the stem and headset and also pulled every bolt off greased the threads and screwed everything back together. The seatpost comes off as well. Make no mistake, this frame has a lot of surface rust and will need to be sandblasted and repainted, it is a true project bike. I also attempted to get the crankset off (which I do think is possible) and marred up one of the crank bolt covers, so rather than mark everything up I just left the SR Sakae Crank on the bike. So what is included is the frame, fork, headset, stem, seatpost, saddle, crank, bottom bracket, and front derailleur.

This could be a great frame for a SS conversion due to the old style adjustable dropouts or could easily be remade for a cyclocross bike. If this doesn't sell in the next two weeks, I am going to go ahead and get the frame powder coated and repost, but it will be more than double the current price.


  1. i'm interested in the volpe frameset. is it still for sale. contact me. thanks

  2. Hi, i interest in this frame but you still had? the prize is correct??