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Old 12-08-06, 12:07 PM   #1
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Are the spindles on older Campy pedals interchangeable?

My bike shop guy took a look at my Record pedals couple weeks ago cause I couldn't get the cleaned one to spin as nicely
I ordered some new bearings and packed with Finish Line grease
Still not smooth enough -too thick. I made up my own concoction of grease to try with parts Finish Line, Crisco LOL
chainsaw oil and a couple drops of FL Dry lubricant. Pedal spins as freely now as the uncleaned pedal but still not quite as quietly ..now it seems the "grease" isn't as *smushy* to damper the sound of the bearings rotating at higher speeds. -Nothing is pitted, there isn't any grinding.

Well, the bike shop guy ended up stripping the last two threads on the spindle. The locknut doesn't stay tight. I might have complained if I knew the threads were perfect prior to coming in ..but all I know is that the locknut stayed tight (the threads at that point may not have been stripped enough to notice)
I could probably thread for a smaller nut but that wouldn't be so cool. Can I take a spindle from another Campy pedal of any era and have it work or are there length/diameter or whatever differences between them?


The "original" grease is of a yellow, creamy color. I don't think it's discolored as the seller said it was packed fresh every year and the bike wasn't on the road much at all. I've read that all greases are basically the same ...why does there seem to be so much of a difference between the original (whatever brand it may be) and the Finish Line? I made a better spinning "thinner" grease in 5 minutes.

Any difference between grease sold specifically for bearings and Finish Line which seems more all-purpose? Could this original grease be campy grease ..that **** is outrageously expensive.
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Old 12-08-06, 01:29 PM   #2
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I've always used white lithium grease from the auto or hardware store, pretty similar to the original Campagnolo grease; white, light to medium bodied...

btw, the white becomes yellow with time, and dries to become thicker too.

sorry, not familiar with finish line, my products of choice are white grease, motor oil and paint thinner!
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Old 12-08-06, 01:54 PM   #3
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I'm going to buy a few extra greases to try out

Do you happen to know about the spindles, though? I could buy a set of pedals about the same condition for $60 but I really only need the spindle ..some pedals are cheaper than the Record and spare parts don't come around often.
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The vast majority of Campagnolo pedals will use the same spindle... chrome Record, Superlegerra (black cage) both strada and pista.

Now the exceptions... Early Campagnolo pedals used an O ring, so if you find a pair ebay them and a Japanese collector will probably bid high and often for them. Gran sport pedals are just different enough to steer clear from from some years, Super Record (ti axles) won't interchange. Do note that the ebay sellers in general often mislabel the Super Record pedals, ANY black caged pedal gets proclaimed SUPER RECORD.

My suggestion is to look for a scruffy pair or solo (same side) on ebay, cheaper than spindles seperately.
that have not been ground into the pavement, a hard strike can bend an axle.

Oh, yes, one other thing, there is a small number of French threaded Campagnolo pedals, they do NOT state, 9/16x20 on the axle wrench flat on one side.
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I may be able to help you. I have an extra left side campagnolo steel cage record pedal with the extra little loop for the strap (i think they stopped offering them with the loop in the late 70s or sometime in the 80s because I have another set of steel records w/o the loop. If you are interested send me a PM, maybe we can work out a trade. I always question whether or not a campy hub or pedal needs to be repacked. The grease always seems fine when I do repack them and they never seem to spin as freely and smoothly as they did before (probably heavy grease is one reason which doesn't concern me). Plus I have messed up a few hub dustcaps in the process. Now I have a piece of coat hanger bent in such a way that I can remove the dustcaps without damaging them... but I digress..
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Old 12-09-06, 12:09 PM   #6
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I have a pair of new Campagnolo pedal spindles if you want to work something out.
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