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Old 05-29-09, 08:53 AM   #1
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Mechanics' oppinions on campy?

I have the chance (if it's not bought yet) of buying a bike that has a full late 80's campy set on it. It's downright gorgeous and the whole bike can be bought for 400 (I'd like to talk them down to at least 350).

I just wanted to know if campy is really as easy to repair and maintain as I have heard. Also is that price good for the components alone?
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Old 05-29-09, 09:19 AM   #2
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I assume they are Super Record?

The cranks are prone to cracking at the spider, ask for verification or detailed photos. Headset bearing races were not the best, and very limited replacement parts. A Tange Levin is a great copy though. The BB's were generally very durable. Brakes are great.... pads are still around. Front and Rear D's were great. The hubs were fine, but the rear axle was prone to breaking for larger riders.


If you know how to work on a bike, you'll have no problems. Is it a good deal? If the parts are in great shape, I'd say yes!
Parts for these can sell for outrageous amounts.... so get it if you really want it.
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Late 80's is past SR date. You could be looking at C-Record, Chorus, Athena, and others. Some of this stuff sells for a pretty penny, others just normal levels.
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Too late for SR ? .... It depends on the details of bike I guess. I bought a new KHS SR equipped bike in 1989 from a bike shop.

If '87 was the last year they made SR, that could still be called late 80's, could it not?

It does not sound as if Clordio knows what is on the bike other than it's Campy. All I can say is find out what's on the bike first.
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I wish I was a little more knowledgeable on the different types of campy. All I know is it was in incredible condition and on a racing bike. The bike was some old school yellow raliegh with skinny aluminum tubing (looked like steel to me but the sticker says aluminum). It had downtube shifters but I don't think that'll help with identification since those were the norm for a long while.

The components were very asthetically pleasing, but I'm more concerned whether campy really is the best money can buy or can I find parts that are just as good and repairable.

Basically, I'm looking for long lasting quality parts.
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Basically, I'm looking for long lasting quality parts.
Shimano mountain bike stuff is very durable. Heavy, but durable.
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http://www.velobase.com/ViewSingleBr...y=Italy&From=T

See what matches the time frame, click for photos..... and you have your ID of which Campy version! Or, just ask the person selling it.

The lower end stuff is OK. The higher end is really nice. Who knows how the bearings are in the bike you're looking at though? No way to know.

Parts are an issue,no getting around that. If you want to keep the original parts going, it could cost you more to find them than you paid for the bike.

If you want to use old parts, great, but just know they are old parts! They don't make Campy brand replacement parts for them anymore.

But hey, you can get different BB's for the cranks. Look-a- like headsets. The brakes last forever, you can get pads. The hubs are sound. Their D's last, you can get pulleys. You can get chainrings. So.... what's not to last?

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old parts are old parts, bikes can be ridden pretty hard then gussied up for sale.

2010 model year stuff launches this summer you know. The 80's were (was?) a great decade for bicycling.
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Ok, I believe I found the right set

http://www.velobase.com/ViewSingleCo...m=119&AbsPos=0

So now I'm thinking maybe try to get the price even lower. I could care less about the frame, I just wanna slap the campy stuff on my steel tank of a road bike.
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old parts are old parts, bikes can be ridden pretty hard then gussied up for sale.

2010 model year stuff launches this summer you know. The 80's were (was?) a great decade for bicycling.

A part is a part, so when it's made matters not for those who use them. Some parts, like crown races or BB cups wear out, sure..... cranks, brake calipers or canti's, seatposts, brake levers, shifters, front and rear D's ..... those parts can be used indefinitely. And, they are still for sale. People use them, and they work for them. Not everyone rides hard and long either. You can mix and match parts..... unlike today where parts are so specific you have no choices. You may as well have automatic shifting. Then everyone can have batteries operating onboard computers. I'm sure someone's got one in development




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Hey Clordio... if those are the parts...... there really good and surely worth it.
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Ok, I believe I found the right set

http://www.velobase.com/ViewSingleCo...m=119&AbsPos=0

So now I'm thinking maybe try to get the price even lower. I could care less about the frame, I just wanna slap the campy stuff on my steel tank of a road bike.
If it's CdA that's the good stuff.
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I wish I was a little more knowledgeable on the different types of campy. All I know is it was in incredible condition and on a racing bike. The bike was some old school yellow raliegh with skinny aluminum tubing (looked like steel to me but the sticker says aluminum). It had downtube shifters but I don't think that'll help with identification since those were the norm for a long while.

The components were very asthetically pleasing, but I'm more concerned whether campy really is the best money can buy or can I find parts that are just as good and repairable.

Basically, I'm looking for long lasting quality parts.
Did the sticker say aluminum or did the sticker say Reynolds and you assume that means aluminum?
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Did the sticker say aluminum or did the sticker say Reynolds and you assume that means aluminum?
Reynold's Wrap?

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Gee..... which bike would you rather ride..... A Fuji Classic wannabe...... or the real deal? The "old" Campy parts will outlast anything on the Fuji. Better get it quick!


I'll also add this about vintage parts..... they took pride in making them, and they lasted. Yeah, there was cheap stuff, but it's better than the cheap stuff of today.

Most people don't realize that the commercial jets we all ride in ...... many are made in the 80's, 70's and even the 60's ! The Air Force still uses the B-52, made in the 50's and 60's..... and are going to continue using it. They are valuable and durable pieces of machinery, so they keep them going. Bike parts are no different.
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