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Old 03-27-11, 07:42 PM   #1
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Corkscrews - The Biggest Payoff in Cycling Accessories

I'm in the market for a new corkscrew, so I go into the shop and take a look. At first, I couldn't believe that they are charging $275.00 for this. So I had to talk to the shop owner, I needed to see why a $275.00 corkscrew is better than the $20.00 model at Crate and Barrel.

First, the corkscrew is handcrafted in Campagnolo's own factory in Vincenza. The components of the corkscrew and forged and assembled in the same workshop. I can see how this alone must add to the cost. However, Italian production must mean attention to detail and quality, producing a functional, attractive, strong, product. The durability of Campagnolo is unquestionably unmatched.

The shop owner also mentioned that since the corkscrew is a Campagnolo product, it is completely rebuildable. This alone is a priceless feature, considering how often those factory packed Japanese and American corkscrews break. When this fine Campagnolo corkscrew experiences the wear and tear from multiple years of beloved use, I will be able to replace the needed parts instead of purchasing a new corkscrew.

One of the touted features of the Italian product was its unparalleled smooth action. The shop owner gave me a chance to open a house bottle of wine with the Campagnolo corkscrew (in the parking lot mind you - he didn't want me running off with it, nor spilling it on the shop's carpet). I have to agree the smooth action of the Italian make is far superior to the action of the American and Japanese competitors.

Despite the cost, I am convinced that this is a fine investment. The aesthetics, durability, and action far surpass any and all competitors. Although the shop owner mentioned an electronic version is in development, I think I'll go ahead and pull the trigger on this work of art before someone else picks it up.

If only it came in carbon, then I could save some weight...

Note: CC actually did a review on the corkscrew.

Note 2: I have nothing against Campy
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Old 03-27-11, 07:43 PM   #2
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That was actually a lame attempt. For one, the thread you are trying to mock was concerning items from the same manufacturer. Come on everyone, lets help him raise his post count, otherwise why else would one be so stupid?

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I just realized it's a parody thread. Not sure if that is a bigger fail for me or the OP. Probably me.
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Old 03-27-11, 08:30 PM   #6
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Where is CC's video review, though?!
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That was actually a lame attempt. For one, the thread you are trying to mock was concerning items from the same manufacturer. Come on everyone, lets help him raise his post count, otherwise why else would one be so stupid?

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Wasn't trying to mock your thread, sorry if it came off that way; just used it as a format for a really funny (imo) review of a corkscrew. I actually agree with you that with higher end helmets, you are spending a lot more $$ for very very small improvements.

I think my point was that there are ridiculously expensive bike related stuff out there that some of us buy, cause we like it and cause we can (I for one, do not have unlimited funds, sadly). Yet we still know we are just spending to make ourselves happy. In the end, its always worth a chuckle to stand back and look at the big picture.

Just trying to make a few folks laugh. No need to be mean.

And in my defense this is road cycling related
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Old 03-27-11, 08:35 PM   #8
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Looks nice. I'll probably buy one. I have a boatload of money.
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Wasn't trying to mock your thread, sorry if it came off that way; just used it as a format for a really funny (imo) review of a corkscrew. I actually agree with you that with higher end helmets, you are spending a lot more $$ for very very small improvements.

I think my point was that there are ridiculously expensive bike related stuff out there that some of us buy, cause we like it and cause we can (I for one, do not have unlimited funds, sadly). Yet we still know we are just spending to make ourselves happy. In the end, its always worth a chuckle to stand back and look at the big picture.

Just trying to make a few folks laugh. No need to be mean.

And in my defense this is road cycling related
I know you were having fun, and I was attempting to show sarcasm on my post, but that is hard as hell to do on the Intarwebs Those damn admins had to move it though, now I have to look under another section of this forum Though you one upped me big time with that expensive ass corkscrew. I mean for $10 you can get a bottle opener made out of a bicycle chain
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Old 03-27-11, 08:47 PM   #12
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Hey, I have a Titanium corkscrew, by the way. I like it.
http://store.kitchenclique.com/6019.html
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See, $150 and that just looks nicer than the Campy too. Thankfully I can't stand wine the least bit. Craft brews for me only please, and some good Tekillya when in Mexico
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Dang Tom, that's nice. I think the BF wine tasting parties should be held at your house from now on.
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Somewhere on another forum, there's a post saying "$3000 bike? why is that better than $300 wal mart bike?" Or the same for high end watches, or cars...

Don't hate just because you don't understand or see the "value" in a product. Clearly Campy sees a market for this product and are selling enough to make it worth their while. Otherwise they wouldn't be producing it.
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Dang Tom, that's nice. I think the BF wine tasting parties should be held at your house from now on.
You'd probably like my wine rack contents, too.
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Corkscrew? Nah. I buy all my wine in boxes with a plastic spigot. Takes less time to get the wine into the glass.
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I heard that the Campy corkscrew is only compatible with Italian wines, and won't properly open French or Spanish bottles.
Is this true? If so, is Problem Solvers working on a compatibility dongle? Will it require a separate converter for each country?
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Looks nice. I'll probably buy one. I have a boatload of money.
A boat is a hole in the water you pour money in to, is that's why you have a boatload of money?
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I guess it's a good thing that I'm not a wine drinker. This cycling hobby is expensive enough.
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How well will this corkscrew work with my collection of fine Boones Farm wines?

Was this topic inspired by uncorked and empty bottles of wine?
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I tried the Campy corkscrew but didn't like the way it fit my hands.
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How well will this corkscrew work with my collection of fine Boones Farm wines?
You need the diamond-tipped model to drill through the cap
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