I researched the model: a 1990 Bianchi Avalanche. There is not much information on this style. The bike is a quasi Mixte - it does not have twin lateral top tubes that meet at the rear axle - but is one top tube that connects with lugs to the seat tube. From there two separate seat stays go to the rear axle. It was not what I had expected, yet the lug work was still attractive. Here is a black version of the bike:
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I was mildly disappointed. It would have been nice to check out this style of bike. Because of the Bianchi's chromoly frame I know the weight would be lighter than my Ross. As much as I love the Mixte style what really matters to me is that it's a step through frame, without toe overlap, lightweight, low gearing, can accommodate racks and fenders, will have multiple positioned handlebars - I prefer mustache type. I do not mind working on this bike, or swapping out the Ross's parts. My perfect bike will be one that I can use on a multi-day bike tour. It's also one that I can ride in my later years when these bones can't move as quickly. One thing is for sure: my perception of the ultimate bike is ever-evolving.