Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Latest Campy Only Video: San Francisco Randonneurs 300K Brevet of Feb 28, 2015

A video snapshot from this past weekend's 300K brevet from San Fransisco to Healdsburg and back. Enjoy!

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015

Colorado Custom and Vintage Bicycle Expo

Wish we could be in Denver on Feb 15 for this event! The Colorado Custom and Vintage Bicycle Expo will have something for everyone who appreciates the art of handmade bicycles:

Custom Builder Expo

Concours d'Elegance

Swap Meet

Check out their web site for more info: http://coloradobicycleexpo.com

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Venerating the Italian Worker?

In 2013, Blogger Augustus Farmer visited the factory in Vicenza and posted an interesting article with photos (of the areas where cameras were allowed). Read his post and see his copyrighted images here.

Farmer was clearly impressed with the quality of the factory and the dedication of the workers who make the company's signature components. The workers in 2013 were treated well and returned that respect in the form of a commitment to do their very best for the company. From his blog post:

"What I was to witness over the next few hours was to genuinely blow my mind. A mixture of old fashioned machine shop with its  metal and heat and noise and aroma, and a more delicate side of hand/ eye co-ordination, experience, care, design, love and dare I say it, Italian-ness. 

Watching a Ghibli wheel being made for example, will be etched onto my soul forever."

That partnership has unfortunately been thrown into disarray in recent weeks, with workers striking to protest the layoff of workers in Vicenza, a move that is part of Campagnolo's effort to move some of its production to cheaper workers in Romania. The company has announced that the layoffs will be rescinded, but the strike continues while the workers seek a solution that will retain both their work and the reputation of Campagnolo.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Campagnolo Lays Off 68 Italian Employees; Workers Strike

Campagnolo's efforts to reduce costs by shifting work to cheaper workers in Romania and elsewhere now includes laying off 68 manufacturing workers at the company's flagship facility in Vicenza. Workers there are not happy at all.

Read this report from Bike Europe.

According to Bike Europe's report, Campagnolo management says that high-end components will still be made in Vicenza, and that the move is part of their effort to remain competitive with other companies (ShimaNO?) that make components in parts of the world with much lower labor costs.

Does it matter to you where your Campagnolo parts are made? Would you care if, in some future year, Campagnolo left Italy for cheaper shores? Let us know in the comments below.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Our Latest Video!

We helped our friend celebrate his 63rd birthday by riding 63 miles with him and a great group of fellow revelers. Here's a video:

Reminder that we are on YouTube. Visit our YouTube channel for many more cycling videos!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Cleaning a Stinky Bike Helmet ... in the Dishwasher!

Thought there might be some interest in the method my wife discovered to clean my bike helmets when they get sweaty and gross: the dishwasher!

My helmet now gets washed and disinfected every week or so. It keeps my wife’s sensitive nose happy, and I like having a clean helmet. 

Despite the soaps and high temperatures in the dishwasher, there have been no ill effects to the helmet that I can detect. The padding is still firmly attached to the shell.

To save energy, we don’t use the “dry” feature on the dishwasher, so the helmet air dries after going through the regular wash cycle.

P.S. In response to one question that was asked about this ... No, none of our guests have complained about the silverware tasting funny!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Reader's Bikes: Daniel's Electronic Look

Reader Daniel A sent this photo of his Record EPS-equipped Look 675, which looks fast just sitting there.

To see your Campy-equipped bike here, email a photo or two to enorris [at] campyonly [dot] com

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

First Chance 200K Brevet 1-1-2015

My first video of 2015! A record of the Davis Bike Club's 200K "First Chance" brevet on New Year's Day. I finished the ride in 8:30, riding a 1970s Motobecane equipped with a 3-speed hub (sorry, no Campy drivetrain!).

Watch this space for more videos from the 2015 brevet season, culminating with Paris-Brest-Paris in August.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Paris Brest Paris Dates Confirmed

From the official PBP Facebook page:

We are pleased to announce that the departure of the PBP Randonneur 2015 is maintained on Sunday August 16th. More information to come in the coming weeks.

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Monday, December 22, 2014

Paris Brest Paris PBP 2011: The Movie

While the start date for Paris-Brest-Paris 2015 is still a bit uncertain, we can be reasonably sure that it will happen. With this in mind, here's my look back at the last edition:

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

My Latest Video

Had some fun in the rain yesterday. Here's a quick video, with music by Audio Lotion:

See all of my videos here.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Today's Ride 11-23-14

Today's CampyOnlyGuy video. About 100 mostly flat kilometers, with some nice Fall scenery. Enjoy.

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Polaroid Cube Nightttime Test

Our latest video features nighttime footage shot with the new Polaroid Cube video camera.

We're liking this camera a lot--it takes pretty good video (sometimes very good), and it comes at a very reasonable price ($99). Watch for a complete write-up of our thoughts about this small camera.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Another "Goggles and Dust" Photo

As promised, here's another sample of the amazing photos from Velo Press' new release, Goggles and Dust. In today's photo, Roger Lapébie takes a drink after cresting the Col d'Allos in stage 9 of the 1937 Tour de France.
Republished with permission of VeloPress from Goggles & Dust: Images of Cycling's Glory Days courtesy of The Horton Collection. Preview the book at www.velopress.com/goggles

Read our complete review of Goggles and Dust

Friday, October 31, 2014

Polaroid Cube Road Test: A Ride in the Rain

Our latest Campy Only video--a road test of the new Polaroid Cube video camera. We took this cool little camera out for a spin on a rainy afternoon, and here's a sample of the footage we came back with:

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

"She Builds" ... In a Lace-Trimmed Tank Top

Here's some soft-core bike-building that's (ostensibly) aimed at women but will likely appeal more to guys:

She Builds from Jon Chew on Vimeo.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments, right down there below this post.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Campy Only Reviews "Goggles and Dust: Images from Cycling's Glory Days"

Ask many Americans who won the World Series in 1969, and they'll know that was the year the "Miracle Mets" overcame the favored Baltimore Orioles. And the same could be said for most major sports. Baseball, of course, is the ultimate American sport when it comes to history and stats, but the same could be said of most mainstream sports. Winner of Super Bowl I? Easy. Number of times the Lakers have won the NBA championship? C'mon, give me a harder one.

Given the American penchant for sports history, it's surprising to see how little we know of the history of one of the nation's biggest participant sports: Cycling. While many Americans can expound at length on the infield lineups of professional baseball teams from the 1940s, their knowledge of professional cycling is likely limited to the fact that Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France. Push them, and they may know that he won it seven times, until his admission of doping stripped him of those titles.

Even American cyclists generally have a limited knowledge of the rich history of the sport. Focused on the winner of last year's Tour, or the latest carbon fiber wheelset, American cyclists by and large have no awareness of the sport's storied past ... for instance, that professional cycling was once the premiere sports attraction in the US, with six-day races attracting packed crowds and handing out huge salaries and cash prizes that only decades later would be matched by the then-upstart, Baseball.

Velo Press' new release, Goggles and Dust: Images from Cycling's Glory Days, is the latest in a series of books from Velo Press and others that seek to fill this knowledge void, and it's well worth the time you will want to spend poring over the 100-plus photos of professional cycling in Europe in the 1920s and 30s.

The photos, carefully curated from the more than 350,000 images in the storied Horton Collection, tell a story that's seldom heard nowadays. Flip through the photos, and you'll see sweat-soaked men laboring to propel their bicycles over the same mountain passes that are still climbed in the Tour de France of today--but the bicycles were fixed gears, the roads were unpaved and choked with rocks, and the riders carried their own spares tires on their backs. These were the days when Tour stages approached 300 miles in length and lasted well into the night.

The photos in Goggles and Dust are amazing in their quality and clarity, and in the stories they tell. Here is René Vietto, climbing the Col du Galibier in stage 15 of the 1938 Tour de France. Even in the high mountains, spectators were on hand to cheer him up the slopes. It's likely that many of them walked up, since this was Depression-era Europe. Look closely, and you'll see that Vietto's front wheel is turned slightly to the right--was he traversing up the steep slope? Fatigued to the point of not being able to ride straight? Who can say, but the race officials in the open car behind him were there to closely watch it all.

Photo credit: The Horton Collection

And this photo, one of many showing Tour rides struggling against time and fatigue to fix their own machines (in this case, Maurice De Waele) in the 1929 Tour de France. Try to imagine today's Tour riders having to deal with their own mechanical issues, and you'll see how far the sport has come from these rough, bare-knuckled beginnings.

Photo credit: The Horton Collection

Easily flipped through in a short time, Goggles and Dust rewards a deeper examination with hundreds  of details: The look in the eyes of a young boy seeing his hero at the start of a stage, the strain of legs cresting a pass in the Alps, the wing nuts that held wheels on before the quick release. This is a book every cyclist should read, if only to realize the strength of the shoulders upon which modern racing stands. Highly recommended.

In addition Velo Press was kind enough to release several additional photos from Goggles and Dust, which we will be posting here in the coming days. Check back for more amazing images from cycling's glory days.

Photos republished with permission of VeloPress from Goggles & Dust: Images of Cycling's Glory Days courtesy of The Horton Collection. Preview the book at www.velopress.com/goggles