Campy Only, alas, won't be at Eurobike. If *you* plan to go, please send us any photos or info about the Campagnolo exhibit. We'll post your photos here with (or without) credit to the photographer/reporter.
Eurobike info in English: http://www.eurobike-show.com/eb-en/
We're hearing rumors that Campagnolo's electronic shifting gruppo will finally be available for sale as part of the 2011 lineup. Rumor has it that the long-awaited electronic system will be premiered for selected industry insiders at Eurobike. No word yet on whether it will be released as 10S or 11S, or what the price will be. (We've predicted here for years that Campagnolo will sell every single electronic gruppo they sell, regardless of price--there are that many cash-rich Campy fans out there.)
Campagnolo's electronic gruppo has been dangling in front of the cycling world like a carrot on a stick for almost a decade, disappearing for a while before resurfacing at some obscure Belgian road race long enough to keep the rumors going. Needless to say, the Campy Only staff is not holding its collective breath.
... And before we leave the subject, we ask again: Why? Why introduce the weight and inconvenience of batteries into the shifting equation? Who will benefit, other than a professional racer, who has a mechanic to keep the batteries charged and who might benefit from being able to shift in a sprint a tiny bit easier than with a regular system? Time will tell.
Reader Dave V has put together a very nice Campy-equipped machine. Check out the aftermarket Ergo lever hoods and the myriad cool details on the frame and parts.
"A couple pics of my Chorus/Centaur equipped Alchemy custom project bike. Note the campy-compatible Hudz replacement Ergo hoods – pretty cool product. Installation takes a little muscle, but they look and feel great except for the lack of a Campy logo. Also, I think the Campy hoods do a little better job of sealing around the shift mechanisms behind the levers. James Flatman at Alchemy made the frame, Spectrum PowderWorks did the powder-coating, I did the paint scheme design myself, and PurelyCustom.com did the custom engraved headset spacer and bar end plugs. The alchemical symbols were inspired by Alchemy’s headtube badge, as well as my own professional interest in chemistry!
The CampyOnlyGuy spent last week on the island of Kauai. We didn't see too many other road cyclists while we were there (we did bring a folding bike and got in some great rides), and most of the bikes were garden-variety ShimaNO-equipped machines.
But ... we did spot one interesting bike. We were driving toward the harbor where the cruise ships stop, and riding on the other side of the road was a rider on a bike equipped with the unmistakable Delta brakeset. We didn't get a photo, and of course didn't get to say hello to the rider, but here's a tip of the Campy Only hat to that Campy-equipped rider on the island of Kauai.
Framebuilder Adam Eldridge sent us these photos of a bike he recently built and equipped with a NOS Delta gruppo. He writes,
"I'm a frame builder in Columbus Ohio. I built this bike using a NOS Campag Delta Record group. The gentleman was given a Kestrel back in the 90's by his wife as a wedding present. The seattube binder was cracked by an overzealous shop worker shortly thereafter. He put the bike away. We crossed paths and the rest is history.
I loved building the bike! I'd love for you to post some photos for your readers. I bet they'll get a kick out of it!
I build using traditional methods by myself. Check out my blog when you get a moment. stanridgespeed.blogspot.com
Adam C. Eldridge Stanridge Speed Bicycles Stanridgespeed.com Stanridgespeed.blogspot.com"
Thanks to reader Matt B for sending these photos. He writes,
"Hello. I just came across your site by accident. While I am not sure if you are interested in this, as it isn't a typical Italian or European make, it is a bit unusual. In fact, I have only tracked down one other.
This odd duck was only offered in the Fuji catalogs for two years, 1981 & 1982. Even more unusual, is the serial number which dates the bike to 1984, a custom job for sure. It's not every day that you see a Japanese bike spec'd with Campy components during the height of Suntour, but I'll not complain. It rides like a dream."
Look closely, and you'll see that the right rear dropout is drilled for a Porte Catena, a semi-automatic chain hanger offered by Campagnolo around this time. A Porte Catena resides in Campy Only's museum, but we've never seen one on a bike.
Here's another reason to ditch your office job and start working at a bike shop: Campagnolo has started offering industry discounts. Under the new program, you'll be able to buy one complete gruppo (individual parts don't apply) and one wheelset per year at a reduced price. Campagnolo says they hope this will make the guy at the bike shop more familiar with their stuff and (one would hope) more likely to suggest it to customers.
Campagnolo faces an uphill climb--most bike shop employees work in a world dominated by ShimaNO and S-equipped bikes--but it's worth a try.
More information here: http://www.bicycleretailer.com/news/newsDetail/4280.html
Here is the CampyOnlyGuy in 1994, riding the Davis Double Century on an 8-speed equipped Merlin. Look closely and you'll see that we were running Monoplanar brakes on this bike (why, oh why, did we ever sell those brakes?).
Send us photos of Campy-equipped bikes from your past and we'll post them here!
Well, according to the folks at MapMyRide.com it is. They're co-sponsors of an online cycling challenge being held in conduction with the Tour de France, and they've been asking people who sign up what kind of bikes they ride.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, ShimaNO users accounted for 72% of all entrants. Campagnolo was waaaay back, with 7.5%. It may be some small consolation that Campy edged our SRAM (5%). (Small because Campagnolo has been around for more than 75 years, SRAM for just a few.)
More information here: http://www.bicycleretailer.com/news/newsDetail/4263.html
To sign up (and vote for Campagnolo), go to www.mapmyride.com/tdf
Today's history lesson is Campagnolo's "Sport" derailleur, introduced in the 1960s as a companion to the company's first dual-pulley derailleur. The Sport apparently tried to address a longtime concern of racers--namely, that the jockey pulleys on modern derailleurs introduced too much friction into the system (witness the fact that Campagnolo for decades hung its hat on the Cambio Corsa, a "derailleur" that had no pulleys at all).
While it had (theoretically) half the pulley friction, the Sport likely suffered from poor shifting, a problem that the dual-pulley derailleur fixed. It was rather quickly discontinued, and the hanging dual-pulley design introduced in 1960 lasted well into the 1980s before being replaced by more modern models.
The example of the Sport shown below (from Campy Only's collection) is unfortunately missing the pulley, but it's possible from the photos to get a good idea of how it would look when installed on a bike. Note that it's designed to fit a frame that does not have a derailleur hanger.