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Bianchi Alfana, the evolving bike

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1999 Bianchi Alfana 54cm

Profile Design Bullhorns / Cinelli Alter

Pake CroMo fork

Forte Titan

Forte TItan

Shimano 600

Brookes B15 / ProLite carbon seatpost

Dura-Ace bar end shifters

Shimano 105 / Specialized top mount levers

53/39 x 11-23 9 speed

I bought this frame as a complete bike. It was pearl white. It was my first road bike and I loved it despite its weight. Over the years it has taken many forms and colors. I built it up with bullhorns after breaking one of the Dura Ace STI shifters it had and was blown away by how much fun it was to ride that way. The only original part left is the frame. Even the bottom bracket and headset are different now.
It began life as an entry level road bike with a triple crankset. Now it is the smoothest, quietest, and comfiest bike I own.

Should I paint the fork to match the frame?

People who friended this bike deiseldog706, campystamp

The fork is fine but

I'd replace the stem with something more classic. I like your built but you shoud check the lenght of the chain, seems to be too short...

The Alter is my favorite

The Alter is my favorite part on the bike! Looking at this picture, I think you are right about the chain; though I haven't noticed any problems yet.

Loop the Chain

big ring to big cog w/o going through the derailleur and add two links before shortening the new chain. That will give you the proper length. It definitely looks like you'll need to add some links to your existing chain however.

Leave it

black or replace with carbon. Did you modify the fork?

No, but it isn't the OE

No, but it isn't the OE fork. Rides fine. Carbon 1" forks are hard to find cheap, but that's definitely the ideal.

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