Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Western KY
    Posts
    191
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    need help installing campy ultra-shift levers and cables - Chicago area

    I'm building my first bike from components, and I'm ready to install the campy ultra-shift levers and the cables.

    I've never ridden a bike with brifters before, much less built a bike with them.

    Is there anyone in the Chicago area (far western suburbs would be closest) that would be able to supervise/help with this? Pizza and some beer would be available if that helps to swing the decision.

    Thanks in advance.
    Dale, NE9V
    2005 CAAD8 - Campy/Boyd/Brooks/3T | 2001 LeMond Alpe d'Huez | 1971 Dawes Realmrider

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    New Rochelle, NY
    My Bikes
    too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
    Posts
    22,528
    Mentioned
    69 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Chicago is blessed with a number of great shops. Village Cyclesport in Elk Grove is probably convenient to you and well capable of helping with this, though I don't know if they'd be willing to advise rather than do it as a billable job.

    The kind of "help me do it myself" help you want is usually most likely when you have an established relationship with a shop. It's hard to get a freebie walking in cold unless it's part of a larger transaction, since shops can't survive without cash business.
    FB
    Chain-L site

    An ounce of diagnosis is worth a pound of cure.

    “Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”, George Carlin

    “One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions” - Adm Grace Murray Hopper - USN

    WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Western KY
    Posts
    191
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I was thinking someone might be willing to supervise/help at my place. I have a good relationship with a bike shop in Oswego, maybe I should just go there and ask them to help. I don't mind paying shop time, they seem to know what they're doing. I just don't know if they work with Campy much - most of their bikes are Shimano or SRAM.

    Thanks for the suggestion.
    Dale, NE9V
    2005 CAAD8 - Campy/Boyd/Brooks/3T | 2001 LeMond Alpe d'Huez | 1971 Dawes Realmrider

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Location
    New Rochelle, NY
    My Bikes
    too many bikes from 1967 10s (5x2)Frejus to a Sumitomo Ti/Chorus aluminum 10s (10x2), plus one non-susp mtn bike I use as my commuter
    Posts
    22,528
    Mentioned
    69 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Most shops do more with Shimano or Sram because they have much larger market shares. You should ask the shop in Oswego how familiar they are with Campy.

    Otherwise, if you're willing to do a drive, one of the most knowledgeable shops (especially with Campy) in the midwest is Yellow Jersey in Madison, Wisc. They do most work on the spot, at very competitive prices. If the distance is OK, give them a call and see what you can work out.
    FB
    Chain-L site

    An ounce of diagnosis is worth a pound of cure.

    “Never argue with an idiot. He will only bring you down to his level and beat you with experience.”, George Carlin

    “One accurate measurement is worth a thousand expert opinions” - Adm Grace Murray Hopper - USN

    WARNING, I'm from New York. Thin skinned people should maintain safe distance.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My Bikes
    '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
    Posts
    26,169
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    One big Campy dealer in Chicago is Lickton's Bikes on Lake Dr. in Oak Park. They aren't the most sociable folks but are Campy experts.

    BTW, did you RTFM (Read The F****ing Manual), i.e. did you read the instruction booklets that came with your components? They are also available in .pdf form on Campy's web site. A careful reading of these should answer most if not all of your questions.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Homebrew01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    Ffld Cnty Connecticut
    My Bikes
    Old Steelies I made, Old Cannondales
    Posts
    16,019
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    It's not really that hard. I just installed 2010 levers which require a Torx driver. The hardest part is pulling the hood back far enough to get the tool in. I also found it easier to remove the clamp completly, slide it on, then reattach the lever. Figuring out where the shift cable goes in is a little confusing too. The shifter has to be shifted all the way down (or was it up ?).
    Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My Bikes
    '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
    Posts
    26,169
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Homebrew01 View Post
    The shifter has to be shifted all the way down (or was it up ?).
    Well, what you have to do is push the mouse-ear a bunch of times to be certain the hole for the cable entrance is opposite the entrance port under the lever.

  8. #8
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Western KY
    Posts
    191
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    OK, I got the right brifter installed and tightened down. Wow. Tugging on the hood is a nuisance. Is it simpler to take it off until you're done?

    BTW, I read through the instructions for the brifters because that looks to be the more difficult part of the install. I also found a couple of youtube videos that were helpful to see the sequence.

    I don't have cable adjusters on the CAAD8 frame, just cable stops. Should I install inline cable adjusters or are there adjusters that will fit the cable stops?

    Thanks in advance.
    Dale, NE9V
    2005 CAAD8 - Campy/Boyd/Brooks/3T | 2001 LeMond Alpe d'Huez | 1971 Dawes Realmrider

  9. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh, PA
    My Bikes
    '''96 Litespeed Catalyst, '05 Litespeed Firenze, '06 Litespeed Tuscany, '12 Surly Pacer, All are 3x8,9 or 10. It is hilly around here!
    Posts
    26,169
    Mentioned
    13 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by speedevil View Post
    OK, I got the right brifter installed and tightened down. Wow. Tugging on the hood is a nuisance. Is it simpler to take it off until you're done?

    BTW, I read through the instructions for the brifters because that looks to be the more difficult part of the install. I also found a couple of youtube videos that were helpful to see the sequence.

    I don't have cable adjusters on the CAAD8 frame, just cable stops. Should I install inline cable adjusters or are there adjusters that will fit the cable stops?

    Thanks in advance.
    The rear derailleur should have it's own cable adjustment barrel built in so an in-line adjuster isn't a necessity. The front derailleur has no adjuster but Campy's multi-step ratcheting front shifter is less touchy to set up than Shimano's one-click indexing but an in-line adjuster is a real help.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •