First of all: I'm completely new to the world of bicycle restoration. But I'm really getting (back) into cycling, and now that the nights are getting longer I am considering having a go at restoring a bike.
I've found an old Bianchi frame (type and year I am unsure of at this stage) that I'd love to bring back to life, but I'm not sure if it's worth trying to salvage, as the frame is *very* rusty
See attached photos.
So my first question is: is it? Second, if I do decide to go for it, I'd prefer to keep the frame as original as possible, i.e. leave the original paint (or what's left of it) and decals. Would this be realistic, or would you say it's so bad that it needs to be stripped completely bare and resprayed? (Something I wouldn't exclude, but would rather not.)
Any advice greatly appreciated!