Monday, October 31, 2011

Photos from Yesterday's Ride

We hopped aboard our Campy-equipped 1980s Motobecane yesterday and headed to Napa, where our lovely wife/support driver met us for lunch at the Oxbow Market. Photos and video from the ride (shot with an HD camera from Campy Only sponsor Bad Vision) are here. (Note: The video below was shot with an iPhone 4S.)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Somebody Find a Campy-Equipped Bike for This Girl!

She definitely needs one. Where did they find that old bike?

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Friday, October 28, 2011

More German Cheesecake

Here's another bike from the stable of reader Elmar, in Germany. He writes of this bike:

Here is my latest Campy-Babe: I call him "EDUARDO", a 1992 vintage Bianchi-Thron-Frame (NOS) completed with 2009 Centaur Components, Omega V rims and a beautiful slim and sexy Athena-Brake. All in Aluminium, to match with the chrome of the wonderful frame - I like it this way ! He is below 10 kg having a vintage appeal and today's performance...

Riding in pleasant sunshine you must wear sunglasses to stand the sparkling silver of the glittering rear frame and components - pretty cool.

Have a fine and golden autumn in CA, best regards from Germany.

We love the monoplanar brakes, and still rue the day we sold our set some years ago ...

Friday, October 21, 2011

Today's Retro Bike

Today's taste of retro comes from reader Elmar in Stuttgart, Germany, who writes,

"Hello Folks,

This is my snow white Raleigh-Carlton from Feb 1981, Campy SR drivetrain, Modolo SPEEDY Brakes and levers and a fine British attitude, hope you will publish the pics.

This bike is a real racing guy climbing beautifully, with a responsive frame and the best components: SR !

Nothing more to say, best regards and leave ya chain on the right !


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Electronic Shifting is Coming on November 7

This just in from the web--Campagnolo's long-delayed electronic shifting system will be officially released in a press event on November 7. Pro teams will get the gruppos two weeks later ... still no word on when the public can get their hands on it, but it's likely to be in spring 2012. Read about it here and here.

Last Weekend's Campy-Equipped Ride

Some raw (unedited) videos and a few photos from the Foxy Fall Century on October 15.  Click here for more photos and videos (filmed with Hotspot video camera sunglasses by Bad Vision). Turn the volume down before playing the video--there's a lot of wind noise.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Nice photo of the Cambio Corsa shift levers from the folks at Velo News.  (Click on the link to read about how to shift this beast.)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Video: Our Latest Addition

It's not Campy-equipped, but we're still having fun riding this classic town bike--a 3-speed Raleigh Superbe that we found at a yard sale here in Davis, CA.  Quick video of the bike:

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Today's Campy Glamour Shots

D'oh! Lost the sender info for these shots, but he would appreciate having his photos posted here:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

GM Says Campagnolo Sucks

GM may have decided to pull an ad that suggests that chicks don't dig cyclists ... but not before we noticed that the bike in the ad appears to be Campy equipped. Look closely (click on the image for a larger view) ...

Those brake levers looks like 1990s vintage Campagnolo. A very interesting choice for the ad, considering they've been out of production for almost 20 years.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Stuff We're Using: Bad Vision Hotspot Video Glasses

Bad Vision (a Campy Only sponsor) recently sent us a pair of their Hotspot video camera glasses for testing, and we've started putting them through their paces. The Hotspot glasses offer an easy way to carry a video camera with you everywhere--they're built into a pair of sunglasses that look pretty much like something Oakley would design. If you're into making videos of your rides (or anything else), they're a great option.
Watch for a detailed road test, but for now here are some very quick first impressions:
  • The Hotspot glasses wear just like regular sunglasses. The temple pieces are a bit thicker then normal (they hold the Li-ion batteries and electronics), but they glasses are very light.
  • Video quality is good, on par with Bad Vision's Spark camera (which we used for a number of on-the-bike videos this year). BV is coming out with an HD version of the glasses, but for now we're using their standard model.
  • They're easy to use--one button turns them on, another starts and stops the camera. You can safely use these while riding.
  • On the "con" side, we can't get the Hotspot glasses to work on our Mac. The glasses show up perfectly on a PC, but not on an Apple machine. There's a workaround (and we're working on a way to fix this), but it's a bit of a hassle. Update 10-11-11: Bad Vision's Mike Boester reports that his Mac (running OSX 10.6.8) sees his Hotspot camera just fine. We're running Lion, so perhaps that's the problem for us. We'll keep checking into this.
Check back soon for our complete review! (And, coming soon, our review of the new HD version of the Hotspot glasses.)

Gold-Plated C-Record at a Gold-Plated Price

An eBay seller is currently offering a rare 35th Anniversary edition of the C-Record gruppo with gold-plating added by the folks at Colnago. Price? A cool $3,999. Check out the auction here.

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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Tonight's Campy Girl

Going a little retro for this one ...

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Farewell, Steve Jobs

Both the Campy Only blog and web site are exclusively "made on a Mac." We mourn the passing today of Steve Jobs. RIP, Steve.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

Welcome Our Newest Sponsor

We are proud to announce Campy Only's newest sponsor: Bad Vision. The name may be new to you, but if you've watched our videos over the past year, you know their product. Bad Vision makes the bike-mounted video cameras that we use to capture "POV" footage on our rides (including our recently released video of Paris-Brest-Paris).

Check out their full range of sports-oriented video cameras at and watch this blog for road tests of their upcoming products, including ... well, you'll have to check back to find out.

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Saturday, October 1, 2011

New Place to View Our Paris-Brest-Paris Movie

YouTube won't let viewers in some countries outside the US see our PBP 2011 movie, so we've created a page at to view or download it.  Click here to see the PBP movie ... no matter where you are!