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Old 11-30-08, 11:59 AM   #1
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On Thanksgiving day I did a quick peek at Craigslist and found a 1995 Bianchi Giro - chromoly, Campagnolo Veloce components in my size for $200... I quickly emailed the vendor, and found I was the first to answer. I picked up the bike yesterday, and it is just what I was looking for-- an alternative commuter for the days I don't feel like riding the fixie... The seller did warn me that it would probably need new wheels soon, so I will post a question here...

Any ideas where I can find an 8-speed compatible Campagnolo rear wheel? Most of what I see in Performance, and all the major web retailers is Shimano... my LBS closed its doors on november 1 (he would have ordered anything for me). My other LBS is a Performance retail store.

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Old 11-30-08, 12:10 PM   #2
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On Thanksgiving day I did a quick peek at Craigslist and found a 1995 Bianchi Giro - chromoly, Campagnolo Veloce components in my size for $200... I quickly emailed the vendor, and found I was the first to answer. I picked up the bike yesterday, and it is just what I was looking for-- an alternative commuter for the days I don't feel like riding the fixie... The seller did warn me that it would probably need new wheels soon, so I will post a question here...

Any ideas where I can find an 8-speed compatible Campagnolo rear wheel? Most of what I see in Performance, and all the major web retailers is Shimano... my LBS closed its doors on november 1 (he would have ordered anything for me). My other LBS is a Performance retail store.

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aebike.com or Excell Sports. The latter are high end though.
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Old 11-30-08, 12:33 PM   #3
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An off the wall alternative, which would work very well, would be to couple your Campy 8 speed drive train to any 8 speed Shimano cassette wheel using a Jtek Shiftmate adapter. There is nothing "make-do" about Jtek...I've used one of their adapters for 3 years with flawless shifting (9 spd Ergo's to Shimano drivetrain). A gizmo that really works! Anyway, a possibility. Cost $35 plus shipping.

Go here: http://www.jtekengineering.com/shiftmate.htm


Another possibility would be to simply go friction with some bar-ends or downtube shifters and any cassette/wheel you like. Would make for an interesting, no-indexing adjustment ever bike.

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Old 11-30-08, 01:48 PM   #4
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Sounds like a good bike at a great price. Could we please have some pics ? Last year I picked up some nice 8 speed Shamals for not a lot of money. Try ebay and use the want to buy thread in the C&V-forum.
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Old 11-30-08, 02:14 PM   #5
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There are lots of LBS in the DC Metro area--I'm sure there are at least a few that would be helpful. Nice find, by the way!
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hAveyou taken a look at upgrading the 8 speed Campy over to 9 speed? The parts are more readily available and may be compatibile, though of course nowhere near the avial. of 10 sp
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Old 11-30-08, 03:54 PM   #7
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Or you could reuse the hubs and add new rims and spokes to build new wheels.
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Or you could reuse the hubs and add new rims and spokes to build new wheels.
thanks for all the responses-- this is the route I will probably go--

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thanks for all the responses-- this is the route I will probably go--

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Get those hubs checked out first. I have normally found that I can buy handbuilt wheels cheaper than rebuilding old wheels. And a 13 year old hub may be coming to the end of its life. Just get the old wheels retrued and retensioned and keep them as spares.
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