Saturday, October 30, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Campagnolo to Anyone Wanting to Buy Electronic Gruppo: Don't Hold Your Breath

Campagnolo's recent unveiling of an advanced prototype of their long-awaited electronic gruppo has sparked worldwide attention from cyclists eager to spend several thousand dollars to have battery-powered derailleurs. This, in turn, has led to the release of an official Campagnolo statement which essentially tells these cyclists to cool their jets.

We'll keep you posted on any news about the electronic gruppo that comes our way. If you have any, send it to us: enorris [at] campy only [dot] com

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Thursday, October 28, 2010

Rare Campy Stuff You've Probably Never Seen

Longtime reader and former Campy Only contributor Jeff K sent this photo of some rare Campy parts. Shown is a brake part that used an internal spring to prevent overbraking--essentially an early attempt at bicycle antilock brakes. Applying too much pressure would compress the spring, limiting the amount of braking force.

The version on the left is a prototype that included a "lockout" setting. On the right is the production version without the lockout.

Thanks to Jeff for the photo. If you have any rare Campy bits, please send us a photo and info and we'll post them.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Inside Campagnolo (With Video)

Read the first in a series of articles about Campagnolo's inner workings here (includes a link to an official Campagnolo video).

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

And Still More Electronic Gruppo News

This time from the Italian web site, which posted these and other photos:

Read the entire article here (in Italian).

Scroll Down for Electronic Gruppo News

We posted several items earlier this week about the upcoming electronic gruppo.  Scroll down to see them.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Todays Bike: Larry's "S. Tomi"

Larry T sent these photos and writeup about his Campy-equipped bike:
Ciao Eric,

Attached are some photos of a Campagnolo-equipped bike I recently acquired from Serafino Tomi of Viterbo, Italy. One of the photos is of Serafino himself, a student of Cino Cinelli who worked for the great man in the '70's before coming back to Viterbo to create his own frames, using Columbus tubing with Cinelli and CAMPAGNOLO parts.

This example has been built-up with recent Ergopower triple 9-speed bits.

I hope you and your viewers enjoy looking at the photos as much as I enjoy looking at and riding this bike.

Best Wishes, 

To see your bike on the Campy Only blog, email your photos and a brief description to: enorris [at] campyonly [dot] com

More Electronic News--And Photos

The web site BikeRadar has an article today with photos (apparently of the camera phone variety) of the electronic gruppo. Click here to read the article and see more photos.

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

It's Official--Spanish Team Will Race Electronically

Hot off the web from!  From the Cyclingnews article:

Valentino Campagnolo posed with Fausto Pinarello and the new bike but was reticent about revealing more details.
"Shimano were the first to produce an electronic system but we kept working hard on our system and now the bike unveiled is very similar to the bike that will be used by the new Movistar team," Valentino Campagnolo told Cyclingnews.
"Our system is different to Shimano's. Their one is ten-speed, while ours is 11-speed. It will also have other different aspects too but it's a little bit soon to talk about it now."

More Electronica

Another blog noticed the photos of the electronic Pinarello.  Click here for more.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

More Electronic Gruppo Photos

Valentino Campagnolo was on hand for the recent unveiling of the 2011 Giro D'Italia route, and apparently brought along the latest version of the electronic gruppo.  In this photo posted on an Italian-language blog, he is shown with Fausto Pinarello (right) with one of Pinarello's bikes equipped with the electronic gruppo (identifiable by the large battery pack below the bottle cage on the down tube).
More photos from the event (and of the bike) are available here.

Thanks to reader Andrea A for finding these photos.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Campy Clothing Clipped

Police in the UK are on the lookout for the thief or thieves who stole a shipment of Campagnolo clothing. Click here for details and an email link to notify them if you see any particularly well-dressed perps.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Foxy Photos

Photos from the Davis Bike Club's Foxy's Fall Century, that is.  The CampyOnlyGuy was there on our fixed-gear, Campy-equipped Raysport, riding rolling support and helping fellow riders with flats, gear adjustments, etc.

See all of our photos here.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

You Send It, We Post It: Mod Girl for 10-16-10

Today's photo comes from one of our readers. She's not growing Campy cranks, but she's showing the same care that the folks in Vicenza shower on their creations. Enjoy.

More like this at

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Campy Only Reader on the Alpe d'Huez

You don't need to be a pro racer to climb the Alpe d'Huez, but having a Campy drivetrain helps! Here's a photo of reader Henrik S, who ascended the Alpe on July 28th during a summer trip to France.  He writes,

Hello Eric
I took my 8 speed bike to the French alpes this summer. The picture is from 28. July and there is about 1 km to go in 39/26 on the Alpe De Huez.
8 speed was not the trouble, I just have to do more KMs next time or maybe get me a compact chainset.
The chainset used on the picture is a 10 speed Record Carbon ultra torque, it works fine with 8 speed without any mods.

Send us your vacation photos! Images featuring you and your Campy-equipped bike can be emailed to enorris [at] campyonly [dot] com.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Chance to Meet the CampyOnlyGuy

Look for us this coming Saturday at the Davis Bike Club's Foxy Fall Century, where we will be one of the "bike sag" crew, offering assistance to fellow riders. We'll be aboard our silver fixed-gear Raysport, festooned with signs that look like this:

See you at Foxy's!

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Monday, October 11, 2010

Today's Bike: Kim's '02 Merlin

Today's bike comes from Kim in Laramie, Wyoming:

Kim writes,

Here is my 2002 Merlin Extralight. Purchased 8 years ago for my 50th birthday present for myself. Originally Campy Record with alloy crankset. Switched from ShimaNo to Campy when I got the frame. Alan frame I bought in 1981 in Spain had Zeus 2000 Campy knockoffs and I loved them so switched to the real thing with this frame. “Upgraded” to UltraTorque compact carbon drive train in 2007. Have this combo as it should last me a lifetime, especially with a fully stocked Campy spare parts locker under the bed. Weighs somewhere around 17 lbs which is not too bad for a 61cm frame. Speedplay Ti pedals and Albert Bold Ti seatpost. Look HSC 5 SL fork. Very short stem due to a hip problem. Some folks do not care for the look of the Topolino wheels, but man do they ride nice!

Kim V
Laramie WY

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Campagnolo at the 2010 Cycle Show in London

The British online cycling mag Cycling Weekly posted this photo of the Campagnolo booth at the 2010 Cycle Show in London, with the caption,  "One word: Campagnolo. Standing like the mothership in the middle of the Cycle Show."

More photos from the show here.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Campy Only on your iPad or iPhone

Just a reminder that if you have an iPad or iPhone you can read this blog using any of the blog readers in the App Store. We use Pulse, and here's how the Campy Only Blog looks:

To add Campy Only, just use the standard method to add new feeds, and type in our blog address when prompted:

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

Today's Bike: 2003 Kinesis

Reader Eric van de P of the Netherlands sent this description of today's bike:

In the picture you see my 2003 Kinesis bike; 54 cm 7005 alu frame, Kinesis carbon 1" front fork, 2005 Campagnolo Record UD 10-speed triple component group including hubs, FIR alu aero rims, ITM Millennium 7075 ergal handlebars & stem & seatpost, Selle Italia Flite leather saddle, LOOK Keo carbon pedals, Elite alu bidon cages, Sigma BC1009 computer and Michelin Lithion rubber.

The bike looks fairly new because I treated it to a recent and major overhaul; the frame has also been resprayed. Before, it was a plain aluminium affair. Now, at least no-one will accidentally mistake this bike for their bike, seeing it has got my name on it ;-) .

It's a great little bike, well-balanced and esthaetically pleasing to look at but first and foremost a treat to ride, time and again; and very light @ just over 7 kg.

All the best,

Eric van de P

To see your bike here, email us with photos and a brief description: enorris [at] Campyonly [dot] com.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Today's Bike: Classic 1982 Cinelli

Reader Pat M of Austin, TX, sent this photo and description of his Cinelli Super Corsa:

Just had to share my recently restored 1982 Cinelli Super Corsa with all Super Record drivetrain and brakes, high-flange road hubs with Nisi rims, Cinelli stem and criterium bars and topped off with a hard-to-find Super Record seatpost and Selle San Marco saddle.

Pat M
Austin, TX

(To see photos of Campy Only's 1972 Cinelli, click here.)

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