Friday, September 30, 2011

Campagnolo: Waiting to Release Electronic Gruppo

Some interesting notes from this year's Interbike show in Las Vegas from

Campagnolo has jumped into the aero clincher wheel wars with a double-twisting back flip and landed on both feet. The new Bullet clincher series combines the best attributes of aluminum and carbon, with options in rim depths (50 and 80mm in the standard Bullet, plus 105mm in the Bullet Ultra) and bearings. Bullet and Bullet Ultra wheesets are built in standard and tubeless compatible 2-Way Fit configurations. Availability? Mid-2012. Whither Electronic Campy? According to Campagnolo North America, “We’re waiting for an announcement from Italy.

Read the entire article here.

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Reviews Are Coming In ...

.. for Paris Brest Paris: The Movie, our latest video production. Here's what viewers are saying:

"Fantastic. I started watching, sure that it would be just another boring bike video.
I was wrong. Susan & I watched, spellbound. We got a real feel for the event...
" Steve, California

"Great, great video. I am so tired after watching and empathizing that I think I will go take a nap. Thanks for the effort to put this together. It is an inspiration" Jim, Massachusetts

"Artfully done and incredibly evocative! Bravo, and thanks for sharing that for we armchair PBPers." Jim, California

"Fantastic!!!!!! I'm so tired from just watching!!!! Really brought it back. Marvelous film."
Jack, California

You can view our video of PBP here.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Paris-Brest-Paris: The Movie is Here!

We've turned our PBP experience into an epic film in HD video. Check out the world premiere of our Paris Brest movie:

Direct link to the video here, where you can watch in HD.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Retro Bike Smackdown

Reader Bruce, from Indianapolis, writes,

I will see your Motobecane and raise you one 1971 Bob Jackson. All campy of course, soon to get a Cinelli stem and handlebars.   $765 on eBay from a gentleman in Danville, CA. Rims are not original, and I changed the saddle. 2 owners, no rust! I did the Davis DC in 1976 with an all Campy Clement silks Italvega.

Here's the bike:

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Photos from yesterday's Double Century

Another day, another Campy-equipped double century ... this time, the Knoxville Fall Classic DC in northern California.  202 miles with about 12-14,000 feet of climbing, including the steep ascent of Cobb Mountain.

More photos (and one video) from the ride are here.

P.S. Completing the Knoxville DC kept alive my unbroken string of 22 California Triple Crown double century series--more than any other rider (CTC organizer Chuck Bramwell is one year behind me, with 21 CTC finishes).

Friday, September 23, 2011

Tomorrow's Ride/The PBP Movie

Coupla items for today:

--If you happen to be in the Solano/Napa/Lake/Yolo county area of Northern California tomorrow, look for the CampyOnlyGuy on our green Rivendell. We'll be riding the Knoxville Fall Classic double century and going for another in our unbroken string of California Triple Crown double century series. (CampyOnlyGuy is the only rider who has completed the CTC every year since its inception in 1990. Check it out here.)

--The PBP Movie is coming ... really! All of the video is together, and we're working on the soundtrack. It's a big effort--more than a half hour of video--and it's taking a long time.

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Sunday, September 18, 2011

A New Bike in the Campy Only Stable

Only a little Campagnolo on this one, but what's there is special: a gold-anodized BMX crankset (mated with a gold-plated chain).  This bike is based on a Motobecane Grand Record from the 1970s or 80s--Reynolds 531 tubing, Nervex lugs, and classic old school geometry.
More photos here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Campagnolo NA Head Honcho in the News

Tom Kattus, head of Campagnolo North America, is in the news--here's an article and photo (from of Mr. Kattus at the Interbike Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. Note the full Italian mojo in effect, including balsamic vinegar, an Italia lanyard, and that cool Campagnolo shirt!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Campagnolo Gets 'Cross at Eurobike

Scroll down in this article from and you'll find a brief mention of Campagnolo's updated cyclocross offerings:

"Component wise Campagnolo were once again displaying their largely ignored CX specific kit, just like last year, with some simple looking cantilevers, and ‘cross specific chainsets, bottom-brackets and wheels that come with better seals than their road counterparts, which makes us wonder why the road bearings are so bad they need beefing up for ‘cross."

A Welcome Sign

First Paris-pointing sign on this year's edition of Paris-Brest-Paris, just outside the control at Brest.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Last Night at PBP

The hosts at one of the roadside stops on PBP were taking photos, and got this shot of me on the last night of the ride. The control at Mortange was still some miles away, but I was ready for that part of the ride to be over with.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

PBP 2011: Tale of the Tape

Final computer readings from PBP:
  • Total Distance of 772 miles (the route is more than 1200 kilometers!)
  • Maximum speed of 38.9 mph
  • Average speed of 15.2 mph
  • Riding time of 50 hours, 36 minutes (plus 28 hours, 35 minutes of time off the bike)