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    your god hates me Bob Ross's Avatar
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    Campy question from someone who's never used Campy

    Okay, mea culpa, I have never ridden a Campy-equipped bicycle.

    But the other day while poking around in the LBS I happened to wrap my hands around the bars of a Campy Record-equipped Bianchi, and it seemed (at least during the brief time that I was touching those brifters) that it would be really difficult to actuate the thumb levers from the drops.

    Someone please tell me that I'm mistaken.

    Extra points if you can include a picture showing how easy it is to shift from the drops. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    Okay, mea culpa, I have never ridden a Campy-equipped bicycle.

    But the other day while poking around in the LBS I happened to wrap my hands around the bars of a Campy Record-equipped Bianchi, and it seemed (at least during the brief time that I was touching those brifters) that it would be really difficult to actuate the thumb levers from the drops.

    Someone please tell me that I'm mistaken.

    Extra points if you can include a picture showing how easy it is to shift from the drops. Thanks.
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    It's only a problem if you mount the shifters too high on the bar. I don't have any trouble reaching mine and I have pretty small hands.
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    I totally see Bob's point. interesting...
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    Check out this thread: Ergo shifting.
    The pleasure is momentary, the position ridiculous, and the expense damnable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rousseau View Post
    Check out this thread: Ergo shifting.

    Awesome, thanks.

    Sounds like it is possible, obviously...but only a test ride will really explain to me how it's possible.

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    i just stick my thumb up and twitch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhota View Post
    i just stick my thumb up and twitch.
    +1

    If you setup the levers too high, you'll probably have a difficult time doing it. But that's a function of the setup, not the levers themselves.

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    No problem on my Orbea.
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    I don't shift gear when I'm in the drops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Ross View Post
    Okay, mea culpa, I have never ridden a Campy-equipped bicycle.

    But the other day while poking around in the LBS I happened to wrap my hands around the bars of a Campy Record-equipped Bianchi, and it seemed (at least during the brief time that I was touching those brifters) that it would be really difficult to actuate the thumb levers from the drops.

    Someone please tell me that I'm mistaken.

    Extra points if you can include a picture showing how easy it is to shift from the drops. Thanks.
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