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The "ugly" truth?(6 posts)

The "ugly" truth?Walter
Jul 3, 2002 8:23 AM
Ok my retro ride is a Basso, literally pieced together, painted and decalled by yours truly. A really nice blue with chrome chainstays, some cretin had already blasted the chrome off the seatstays---Unbelievable! IMHO I can count on the fingers of no hand better looking bikes. Someday I'll post pics.

Gruppo is Campy SR and I do have the SL pedals but I prefer clipless so I've been using some nondescript LOOKs but as has been pointed out in other threads one must have style. Looking good is the goal, no?

I found some early generation NIB Campy Record clipless and screwed them on last night and I'm having a real crisis here. They're Campy, Record no less, and they have the nice script in blue and oh do they shine (so much that I'm reminded to clean my bike) but........THEY'RE UGLY!

There I said it, wasn't easy. I mean they're big and bulky and as my wife put it last night: "Well, they're....there aren't they?" How can this be? Ugliness does not/did not ever get exported from Vicenza, yet these are "aesthetically challenged" to the nth degree. Plus while being a weight weanie in Fla is to truly be a weanie they're pretty heavy too.

I'm going to screw the cleats onto my other pair of shoes and go for a ride in a few minutes and pray that when I return the inherent beauty that must be there will be revealed.......
The jury is still outWalter
Jul 3, 2002 12:13 PM
Oncoming thunderstorm changed ride from normal 10 mile loop around neighborhood to just cruising a few blocks in the neighborhood. Made sure to stop at every sign and get the feel for the new pedals. (Actually, this may be a rare display of common sense)

These are the Records from awhile back (I don't know the vintage) that have ramps that the front part of the cleat slides under. I guess that was in response to strong riders occasionally pulling out of early LOOKs or Times.

Real easy to get into. I never considered LOOKS hard to enter but these are actually much easier. OTOH harder to get out of. Must turn heel out and pull foot backwards. I don't know if I like it. At least that's the technique I've hit on in 1 short ride, if any of you guys have/do use these pedals and have tips please pass them on.

"The foreman is asking for clarification of judge's directions........
the way i figure it walt ....Spirito
Jul 3, 2002 4:22 PM
we have all fancied them

a) coz they look so cool

and

b) coz they are campy's first

but most like me have sat on the fence as nobody has had anything even mediocre to say about them. which means buying a pair only to sell them on again - i swear there only 2 pairs and they just keep changing hands and ending up on ebay again.

were they half good i would try them as they are campy and the heart rules over the mind when that word is involved. what you are doing is important and forgive the vernacular but you are our crash test dummy.

also can you get cleats for these? perhaps that is why a lot of people have not tried them.

keep us posted and dont en up on a post

ciao
my big worry is not esthetic ...Djudd
Jul 3, 2002 4:53 PM
although we all acknowledge the importance of looks...no, my concern is the process for getting out...twist heel and pull backwards...I would be on my a** once a ride...but then they are campys...
let's forget campy and talk bassos..colker
Jul 4, 2002 4:13 AM
the first road bike i lusted for was a red basso viper. early 90's basso. part fillet brazed (or tig) part lugged.
SGR pedalsDuke249
Jul 4, 2002 8:13 AM
The pedals really aren't that bad, as long as you don't have to get out of them too often. I have them on one of my Bottecchias and really don't mind them. The bearings are absolute butter smooth and getting in 'em is okay. Its just the getting out part that stinks.

Also, I recall seeing cleats for these here and there on the internet. With a little digging, you can find em.