I'm new here, and I did search the forum before posting this. I've got a 3-yr old bike that came with Campy 9-speed components, after a lifetime of Shimano useage.
Aside from the maintenance learning curve (having the pawls fall out on the floor the first time I disassembled the rear hub, that sort of thing) it's gone pretty smoothly. A 9 speed hub still seems sort of excessive to me, but that's what I've got.
Except that Campy, and everyone else, apparently, is phasing out 9 speeds, and only 10-speed hubs setups will soon be available. Rather than switch out my hub, derailleur, shifters, etc etc, I'd like to hang on to the 9-speed setup as long as I can. (I'll spare you all the rant about speed inflation and resultant weaker wheels, fragile equipment, etc)
So -- my question is, can I use a Shimano or SRAM 9-speed chain with my shiny new 9-speed Veloce cluster? They're more readily available and 1/3 the price of the Campy chains, so I'd feel better about stocking up with 3 or 4 of them.