Dressed up and ready to ride retro style ... but what's with those shoes?
Campy Only sponsor Larry Theobald of CycleItalia sent in this report (originally titled "A biased and atypical but TRUE story") after a recent ride with a group that included someone using ShimaNO's new D12 electronic gruppo.
Read on after this report for a few more thoughts from Campy Only and Larry ...
"Yours truly went for a ride today with the guys who show up at a local bar at 2 pm most days. After the usual 'Tuesday Afternoon World Championships' got started I found myself left with two guys, Giuseppe riding a carbon Daccordi with pre-UltraTorque carbon Campagnolo gruppo and Martino, aboard a new-looking BMC machine equipped with Shimano Dura Ace DI2. We were soon joined by Luigi riding a Pinarello Dogma with a recent Record carbon groupset. These fellows were uninterested in making a race of it and were happy just to enjoy the ride, letting me tag along aboard one of our steel rental Torelli bikes equipped with the last version of 9-speed Mirage components.
We rolled along for a couple of hours with me trying to understand snippets of the Sicilian dialect with little luck, while observing my first Shimano electronic groupset in action. Eventually we reached the town of Canicattini, our highest elevation and turned for home, almost totally downhill. As we gained a bit of speed I noticed Martino going slowly but pedaling quite fast. As I rolled up behind it seemed his ultra-expensive, ultra-sophisticated front derailleur would not obey his command to move the chain up onto the big ring. The other bikes never missed a beat though perhaps their riders did once or twice, but we had to wait for Martino who could only whirl away on his small chainring and tiny cog in back.
Ironic how the most expensive and sophisticated components among our small group were the ones that failed, especially the very first time I'd seen one of these groups in action."
Campy Only's take is that this story highlights not only the reliability of Campagnolo's components (which CycleItalia uses exclusively), but the folly of relying on batteries to shift your chain. Even if nothing was wrong with Martino's ShimaNO system, a dead or dying battery would have had the same effect ... and this will affect bikes with Campagnolo's EPS system as well. Welcome to the age of charging up your cell phone, your iPod ... and your bike ... every night.
We asked Larry about this, and he agreed, and pointed to an opinion he wrote on another blog last year (scroll down to September 2) that highlights yet another issue with electronic shifting.
What do you think? Let us know in the comments section.
We're selling a bit of Campagnolo history from the Campy Only archives over on eBay--a rare and collectible window decal commemorating Campagnolo's role in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games. Here's a photo (see the auction for an explanation of why the ruler is backwards):
See the auction here. Bidding ends January 30 at 3:51 PST.
Reader Will S. sent in this photo and report on his new build:
I just finished building this S2 with a mix of Record & Chorus components, Shamal Ultra wheels, Easton EC90 SLX bars, a Ritchie 4 axis stem and fizik Arione cx saddle. The first ride was amazing and so fast. There will be many more like it... --Will S.
Got a bike (retro or mod) that you'd like to share with Campy fans around the world? Email your photos to us and we'll post it here: enorris [at] campyonly [dot] com
CampyOnlyGuy rode from San Francisco to Monterey and back this weekend--about 250 miles, with 11,000 feet of climbing (and an entire day into a headwind on Day Two). I was riding the Campy Only Motobecane, a 1980s-ish Grand Record equipped with a Campy BMX crankset (Campy content!) and a three-speed fixed gear drivetrain.
More photos here. Video below is of a mural near Aptos.
Readers of this blog may recall that we've been playing around with a 1980s Motobecane Grand Record frame, which we outfitted with a Campy BMX crankset (Campy content!) and a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed fixed gear hub. Our goal is to use this bike on some longer brevets--and certainly to ride it after dark. With these goals in mind, we recently added a Busch and Muller "bottle dynamo" (their D6 model) to the bike, using the B&M seatstay mount. The light is connected to an IQ Cyo LED headlight (very bright, 95% of the performance of a Schmidt Edelux at half the price) and a B&M 4-LED taillight.
Mounting the dynamo and lights took us a couple of hours, and required a small mod to the fender so that the dynamo wouldn't rub on it. We're quite pleased with the results.
The dynamo, for those who have considered mounting one, generates slightly more drag than a Schmidt dynamo hub (as well as a subdued whistling noise when engaged). It's not that noticeable, and has the advantage of going to zero drag when it's off and the dynamo is not in contact with the wheel.
Note: We already had the dynamo and headlight; the other bits were purchased locally (Sacramento CA) at Bicycle Business. Nice to know that there's a local supplier of this stuff, which is generally pretty hard to find. They're also online, as is Peter White Cycles, the main US importer of dynamo lighting supplies.