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    Retro Help

    Ok, as this is my first post I might as well jump in with an
    easy newbie type question.
    I'm currently riding a 17 year old Trek with full campy Nuovo Record drivetrain.
    As I would like to do regular maintenance myself can anyone recommend a good book that covers "retro" components?
    Just to let you know I'm not fully a retro grouch as I also have a
    serotta frame which I'm going to build with new campy (chorus or centaur depending on budget)
    TIA

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    Try bicycling magazines complete book of maintenence by jim langley 4th edition. I'm 2/3 way through the book and it is excellent.


    (an unrelated must read is lance armstrong 'it's not about the bike')

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    Thanks for the reply. I'll check the bicycling book out. Does it cover
    old non indexed stuff?
    I've actually read "Its Not About the Bike", got interested after my
    sister-in-law talked me into doing Ride for Roses last year.
    I noticed you're posts about the Classique, and what you paid for it. My frame cost about that much. If it fits (and it does appear to be a small frame) I'd keep it, who knows you might just end up doing some local races.

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    try a used book store for old cycling repair books. they usually sell real cheap. i traded the classique, got me a more practical but very nice bike i can ride to work and some other stuff.

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    Richard's Bicycle Book by R. Ballentine is widely available. Older editions in 2nd hand bookstores are good for retro stuff like freewheels , bottom brackets and friction changers. Apart from that, very little has changed.

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    Friction-shift drivetrains are very easy to maintain, and old Campy NR should keep running for a long time. Sheldon has some good repair advice, as well. I do advise everyone using older cranks to inspect them frequently for hairline cracks.
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    Maintain it pretty much the way you maintain the new stuff, some of the bearings are NOT standard sizes, other than that I can't think of anything special you need to know. ( I've been riding Campy NR stuff for 30 years.)

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