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might change name to "I love Campy" ------>(10 posts)

might change name to "I love Campy" ------>JS Haiku Shop
May 20, 2002 7:35 AM
wow, after 99.1 miles on the new steel steed (three 30-milers), i'm hooked. in fact, i don't want to go back to either of my 105-equipped AL bikes. despite the fit factor (it seems to have been custom-cut for my build), the gee-whiz factor (hand-built frame with brush-painted lugs, and that cool Ti seatpost), and the "new bike fever", the differences are:

climbing.

get that. is this not bizarre? i've gone from AL frames to a "heavy" steel frame/fork, and feel that it's more responsive when i'm really seriously honking out of the saddle. our stats:

rider: 200#, started the year at 190 :-), i love beer.

ridden:

4.5 # steel merckx frame
1.5 # chromed steel fork
chorus 10 speed double
open pro rims / chorus hubs
conti gatorskins
ttt forgie handlebar / synthesis threaded stem
sella san marco regal Ti saddle
elite ciussi cages
cateye mity 3 strawberry 'puter
look pp296 pedals

I figure the whole rig is between 20 and 22 pounds fully loaded, without bottles or seatpack.

this is the first time i've ever used campy, 'cept for the old friction-shifting garage sale bike i kept for three weeks and sold on ebay. new bike: first day, out of the box, i didn't care much for the shifting. in fact, i thought it was dramatically overrated. now, everything else pales in comparison. i think the difference between rides was learning how the shifting really worked, and how much pressure to apply to the mechanisms. the brakes are flawless (touchy). i'm ready to sell my 105-equipped AL rides and re-invest in a second campy-ized steel anchor and spend the rest on a campy tattoo, right on my derriere.
ssshhh.colker
May 20, 2002 7:52 AM
don't tell everyone your "heavy" lugged, old fashioned steel frame and steel FORK rides better than modern, very expensive aluminum light ones.
i ride daytona and steel lugs too.
Yep!SnowBlind
May 20, 2002 8:40 AM
Welcome to the club!
Yep!koala
May 20, 2002 9:51 AM
I like the fact that I can shift from the big ring to the small ring and shift up 4 cogs at the same time. With practice it becomes second nature.
it just gets better, tootarwheel
May 20, 2002 8:54 AM
My Chorus group shifts better after a year than it did new. My other bike has Ultegra and it's just not in the same league as the Chorus. I'm also building up a Merckx and I'm tempted to just sell the Ultegra group, which I had planned to put on the Merckx, and install a Centaur/Daytona group instead. The only downside to the Campy, in my view, is that replacement parts are more expensive -- chains, cassettes, etc. -- but they do seem to last longer than the Shimano. Oh yeah, when the Campy chain breaks or wears out, replace it with a Wipperman 10 and you've got the perfect system.
Welcome to the clubgrandemamou
May 20, 2002 11:30 AM
When i moved down here 5 years ago I was the only one riding Campy. The LBS here just didn't want to work on it. The group I ride with is now about 30-40% Campy and the LBS had to invest in some Campy tools. Once you get the hang of it you won't want to go back.
wow...too "campyfied" to even haiku.....hehe heheheSpirito
May 20, 2002 3:27 PM
lost his resolve and poor d'etat's head is spinning deleriously with his new love.......cant even stop the giddy thrill to focus on a haiku.....im sure you greeted Mr. brown with a hard-on and scared him away.....

and im happy for you....i too marvel at my chorus seatpost....im looking at 4 weeks for bolting my "faema-moderne" together now - (still waiting on some hard to find campy high flange road hubs).....my expectancy is beyond description but i wanted to have every exact part and build it my way....

at the first annual general meeting of merckx faema-paint owners we can discuss pro's and con's of th respective builds and pat each other on the back and clink our beer mugs till the sun rises and feel smug about our pride and joy's. i suggest vegas ....any ideas?

glad you are here to post your joy...pics would be welcome of course (your last one was too much of a tease!!!)

you dont need a campoy tattoo as any cyclist of true spirit can feel the "vibe" of a campy rider.....welcome to the way its meant to be.

sounds like a well balanced bike.....may it serve you well....oh kindered spirit (but a bit taller than me)

ciao
I was trying to convince a guy...guido
May 20, 2002 4:08 PM
over in the vintage forum, that his find of a ca. 84-85 DeRosa lugged steel frame should be appreciated as an excellent example of the magic of steel, and you said it, "It's more responsive when I'm really seriously honking out of the saddle." The harder you work it, the livelier it springs ahead. The weight only seems to make it surer, less whippy. It's a quality that can only be appreciated at intensities most of us seldom reach, like whacking up a hill at 17 mph in the large ring.

Yeah! Eddy would be pleased.
re: might change name to "I love Campy" ------>mackgoo
May 20, 2002 9:47 PM
Should we start a campyholic support group? Oh there already is one. campyonly.com
I'm loving my Daytona group more and more.Leisure
May 21, 2002 1:50 AM
The breaking-in thing has made it feel more dialed; I wonder how it will feel when it fully settles in (or how long it'll really take). I haven't had any of the front shifting issues others have mentioned. I LOVE the hubs. Really smooth and tight feel in the bearings and mechanism. Also loses that generic-sounding click-click of Shimano hubs without costing half your genitalia.
And yeah, steel is cool.