Posts Tagged ‘gruppo’

Manufacturer’s TdF Challenge.

July 20, 2011

The ‘Manufacturer’s Challenge’ is a stage-by-stage race within the race, celebrating the equipment and its respective technologies. Of course the riders make it exciting, but its the bikes that have truly evolved, and the bikes are what we all can have in common with the world’s best riders. The respective groupsets gather points based on daily race results of the top 20 riders throughout, 20 for 1st, 1 for 20th. Sprinting, climbing, time trials, all factor in over the complete three weeks of the world’s largest Grand Tour.

Standings up until and including yesterday’s stage, stage 16 of the 2011 TdF.

Campagnolo: 785
Shimano: 1406
SRAM: 1074

Ooof! Sram sponsor the most teams this year with 9, Shimano have 7 and Campagnolo have 6 so make up your own mind on which manufacturer you think is taking the biggest spanking.

Sram road diaries.

One or the other.

July 5, 2011

You may or may not know that a few months ago I sold my ‘modern’ road bike, a Pinarello FP1. It was a lovely bike and we mostly got on well, it carried me over some miles and up a good few solid climbs, including the Galibier so I can’t grumble but towards the end of our relationship it’s fair to say that we fell out of love with each other for one reason or another. Which leads me to where I am at now… Sans bike. Well Sans bike with modern componentry anyway.

A while back I wrote about my love for the friction shifter, that love still remains BUT I have some things planned for the future in the way of big rides and I’v come to the conclusion that my 13-18 racing block and downtube shifting on my one remaining road steed isn’t cutting it. I need something, but I’m torn. Torn to pieces.

Here is the dilemma: I have a bike, it fits me and it looks good but the hardware needs updating. Do I go ahead and buy a modern gruppo for it and have it turn out like this absolute beauty:

Or do I buy a completely new bike? A Canyon. These bikes are totally ‘badass’ and great value too. I’d buy one of these – A Canyon Roadlite 7.0 with full Ultegra:

With the first option I’d probably save a bit of money and get to make the BRH look and perform much better but the latter option will make things just that little more ‘pro’. You can see my dilemma, right?

Right now I think I’m buying a gruppo but seriously, that could change at any moment. If Gilbert wins again aboard his Canyon I’m in trouble.

Oh and by the way, who’s owns the Cecil Walker?
Edit. Found at Prolls.

Colnago Sleekness.

June 14, 2010

Right, that’s it. The Olmo is going to Black, or maybe Charcoal. This Colnago looks hot as hell! None drive side photo fail, though guys.

Seen.

Olmo Scans.

June 1, 2010

I recently got hold of an Olmo. A 50th anniversary, Columbus tubed, full Chorus Olmo to be exact.

After years of riding bikes that are too small for me I have at last found something that I believe to be perfect for me, but it needs painting. No, really, it does. Despite what is written here I am going to do it as the frame is 1. In a relatively bad way and 2. It’s disgusting, I don’t do 2-tone black and grey with rust spots!

So, I am not sure what colour to go for at this point but here is some great inspiration I found at bulgier.

Next is the tussle between powder, acrylic and enamel. Powder is very cheap, easy but can look a bit ‘flabby’ but then where near to me will do stove enamel? Let the tussle begin.

Campagnolo Crush.

March 30, 2010



Seems that if you’d never heard of Apple Computer (let alone, seen the ‘1984’ commercial, had a PowerBook 100, first-edition iPod, spent thousands on iTunes, etc.) but happened to walk into one of their stores, put your hands on any of their products and started using it, you’d know that they were both different and, in my opinion anyway, better.

Seems like a lot of people feel exactly the same way about Campagnolo and stuff they’ve been making for 70-plus years. Surely Campy is no Apple. They generally deliver late, are rarely consistent in their marketing between their home country and foreign outposts, have made a lot of products that didn’t come anywhere near their mark (Syncro shifting? SGR clipless pedals?) and seem generally inefficient in their business practices. Yet their design, packaging, history of innovation, crispness of marketing, passion for their chosen subject matter, connection to riders and unrivaled race wins definitely inspires the same kind of dedication.

This is a short excerpt from a nice little written piece called ‘A Crush on Campagnolo explained’. Read the rest here.

Via.

Gears for Years.

November 2, 2009

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The rear derailleur is, in many ways, the definitive bicycle component, it defines the ‘groupset’ and that in turn, defines the bike. Cyclists often use the shorthand of talking about an ‘Ultegra’ road bike or an ‘XTR’ mountain bike. In addition to this the rear derailleur is the most complex and machine like bicycle component, unlike handlebars or hubs it is a real ‘mechanism’, with plenty of mechanical action going on. Finally there may be something to Arnfried Schmitz’s whimsical idea that “collecting derailleurs is fascinating because they are small, complex and have two wheels – like a bike!”

Disraeli Gears is a website completely and utterly dedicated to the rear mech or the rear derailleur as most call it.

On the site you will find an absolute plethora of images and lots and lots of history. You can search for a ‘mech’ using brand, country, theme and even colour… honestly if you are as geeky as me when it comes to metal and mechanisms you really need to go

Wants List.

July 16, 2009

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Suntour Superbe.

April 24, 2009

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Campag Record Pista Gruppo anyone?

December 17, 2008

On Ebay now…
Hit the link and have a look at what this guy is throwing down.

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