I think it is time to part with this Bianchi Auto-Milano 26″ coaster brake cruiser style bike. The frame is marked as a 20″ and has a 23.5″ horizontal toptube, so this is a pretty large bike for someone right around 6′ tall. I don’t think many people under about 5’10 are going to be comfortable on this bike.
The frame is 7005 aluminum, meaning that for what it is it is relatively “high end” in that 7000-series aluminum is usually reserved for pretty nice frames. The complete bike weighs 24lbs on the nose as shown.
It is a mish-mash of parts, as I threw it together two years ago or so and never really rode it more than to the post office and back a couple of times. Brand new single speed 26″ chrome coaster brake wheels, Truvativ single speed cranks, old school bear trap pedals, mountain knobbies, flat but swept back bars, Bontrager saddle. Has cantilever studs for a front brake if you’re so inclined, but no brake mounts on the back so you’re stuck with a coaster or other hub brake. It has a now oddball 1 1/4″ threaded headset, but it is new and luckily you’re in Pittsburgh where a nice man named Gerry Kraynick has about 1000 different stems (nice ones too!) to fit this on the third floor of his shop if you should want to switch the stock one out.
I always meant to put a set of shiny Wald fenders on this and a big basket, but just never have. Snatch it up quick if you want it, as now that I have it out of the basement I’m rethinking wanting to get rid of it even it is meant to finance another bicycle.
$125 as shown here.
Trivia: The “auto” part of the “Auto-Milano” decal on the toptube is in reference to the original 3 speed Shimano electronic shifter thing that was on this bike when new, giving it push button shifting of the internal hub by a small servo that pulled a cable a given amount. Sort of like the Trek Limes that people were clamoring for a couple of years ago, but a bit older tech and it never quite worked right. This bike was stripped of that goofy shifter when new and sat for a bit before being built up as it is now.
It’s a cool bike, and I almost second guess getting rid of it, but I think I still have a few more years of track and cross bikes in me before I’m resigned to a 26″ coaster brake around the neighborhood.