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    I need a really good shop in SE Michigan/Ontario/Northern Ohio

    I am going to need a bottom bracket face/tapped and Campy Ultra Torque bottom bracket cups installed along with a chainset. I would like a shop somewhere in SE Michigan who can do the work without looking at those Campagnolo cranks like they're from outer space.

    Certainly somewhere there is a shop with a set of high quality tools and experience for this sort of expert work? I also need a 1" Record headset installed for a new carbon fork and wouldn't mind the headtube faced, either.

    I am willing to drive.

    I am also willing to do the work myself if I have access to the tools. If I end up buying the tools myself I'll let you lot know so you may borrow them.

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    50 views no replies. Maybe there isn't a really good shop in this area. I'm certain there's a racing culture here, where do they have their machines prepped? I just picked up a new full size Dura Ace chainset and a new chain a new bottom bracket. I bought the chain tool and I'm close to buying the bottom bracket tools.

    I've been to Continental in Hazel Park, they seem like really nice folks. Are they equipped?

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    Jockey Full Of Bourbon
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    Alright, I'll keep Assenmachers in mind. I have resigned myself to doing the bulk of the work myself, though. More problems with my FSA crank creaking have me at my wit's end. I'm going to pull that compact crank and bottom bracket off and replace it with a Dura Ace crank 53/39 crank and Hollowtech II bottom bracked. I have ordered a new Dura Ace chain, bottom bracket, and the tools to remove the FSA bottom bracket and install the Shimano Hollowtech bottom bracket and a chain tool. If you're in my neck of the woods and need a hand PM me. This is a very slow moving forum. The tool will also work with Campagnolo Ultra Torque bottom brackets.

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    check out Toledo Bikes online. I have not been their but i have heard great things about them. Some very good cyclists run it.

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    Will do. Thanks.

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    I also would second assenmachers. Matt Assenmacher is an experienced frame builder. I just last week was in a customers basement and saw a vintage assenmacher tandem. Beautiful work.
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    Sorry, I haven't looked here in Great Lakes Forum for a while. I'd strongly recommend Great Lakes Cycles in Ann Arbor. Owner Oscar and great tech and wheel builder Steve Sauter are both highly familiar with vintage and modern Campagnolo. Great thing about Oscar (besides love for Campy and road bikes) is he actively works to train his guys, though a number of them are active racers and already quite good. I've had Steve do major and minor surgery on my bikes build around excellent steel frames. I'm a pretty good bike mechanic, but if I can't do it I take it to these guys.

    Nothing down about Assenmacher's, however. But depending on where you live, Great Lakes might be closer. SE Michigan is actually quite a large region.

    Other choices I'm aware of: Kinetic Systems in Clarkston, Continental Cycles on John R road (not sure what town), Ypsilanti Cycles in Ypsilanti (Ralph is an experienced frame builder and is now taking custom business), Two Wheel Tango (though they tend to sell you toward their brands), and International Cycles in Garden City (not much to see on the showroom, but the owner knows his stuff and your stuff.

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    Continental is equipped.

    I see you're in Ontario - True North Cycles in Guelph? Mike is a well-known builder of racing and rando bikes, I'd be surprised if they can't steer you toward the best available without you having to deal with Customs and border crossings. Bike shops are much less PITA than US Customs is.

    Much farther afield, there are some good shops in Torontoland and Hull. Also Hubbub in Cleveland, Ohio is rather well known for very creative solutions to fitting issues and Shimagnolo gearing solutions.

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    I also think you don't really need a Campy-aware shop to get the work done right. Many modern road systems use a similar crank architecture, and facing is a key skill whenever a high-quality steel frame is involved. But I understand, it really blows your confidence in the quality of the work you will get when the shoppy dudes think you should just buy what they have and can't be bothered to handle your actual problem with care and skill.

    I would not want to have a doctor who thinks back pain is just malingering, for example.

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    Thank you for your input.

    I have been to Continental and it is the only shop so far I have seen that is close to being a pro level shop. I know there's a racing scene here and probably a bigger fred-with-money scene (zum beispiel: me) who need quality work.

    my local shop cannot face a headtube. Not a word of a lie. He asked me why I would want that done. "Is your headset binding in one spot?" I told back when I worked in a shop (with a proper Campy toolkit) we faced and chased every high end frame we sold. He's never done it. NEVER. They have a bottom bracket tool they think can face but they've never done that either. All that stuff is CNC anymore, he said. I think we're from different generations. If I had sold a De Rosa without facing both headtube and bottom bracket shell and chasing all threads, including the water bottle bosses, the owner would have cuffed my ears. I have an old-- er-- classic Eddy Merckx MX-Leader I want to put a carbon fork on and a threadless Campy Record headset. Not that I think the headtube is done but I wouldn't mind it being faced. I have a Campy bottom bracket in there but I cannot remember if it's record or chorus. I'd like to know. They don't have the tools to pull an old square taper Record 10 bottom bracket out.

    Now Campy Ultra Torques have that joint in the middle there, they haven't ever installed one. I'm reluctant to be the guinea pig. But I did run into a younger fellow who is obviously a fast one, weighs maybe 145 pounds, and he was interested. The owner said he never really cared for Campy. When I was a kid you weren't a bicycle racer UNLESS you rode Campy. But the kid was interested in getting his hands on it. That's a start, right? I can install the cups since I bought the tools. I'm sure I could install the chainset.

    I'll swing by and say hello to the fellows in Ann Arbor. I knew there had to be a shop there, all college towns have one shop.

    By the bye, if anyone in the area needs to install an FSA crank or a hollow tech II or campy bottom bracket I have the chain tool, the cup tool, torque wrenches, stand, etc.

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    Two Wheel Tango in Canton has the tools you would need with an incredible mechanic rick. If you are still looking

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schlug View Post
    Thank you for your input.

    I have been to Continental and it is the only shop so far I have seen that is close to being a pro level shop. I know there's a racing scene here and probably a bigger fred-with-money scene (zum beispiel: me) who need quality work.

    my local shop cannot face a headtube. Not a word of a lie. He asked me why I would want that done. "Is your headset binding in one spot?" I told back when I worked in a shop (with a proper Campy toolkit) we faced and chased every high end frame we sold. He's never done it. NEVER. They have a bottom bracket tool they think can face but they've never done that either. All that stuff is CNC anymore, he said. I think we're from different generations. If I had sold a De Rosa without facing both headtube and bottom bracket shell and chasing all threads, including the water bottle bosses, the owner would have cuffed my ears. I have an old-- er-- classic Eddy Merckx MX-Leader I want to put a carbon fork on and a threadless Campy Record headset. Not that I think the headtube is done but I wouldn't mind it being faced. I have a Campy bottom bracket in there but I cannot remember if it's record or chorus. I'd like to know. They don't have the tools to pull an old square taper Record 10 bottom bracket out.

    Now Campy Ultra Torques have that joint in the middle there, they haven't ever installed one. I'm reluctant to be the guinea pig. But I did run into a younger fellow who is obviously a fast one, weighs maybe 145 pounds, and he was interested. The owner said he never really cared for Campy. When I was a kid you weren't a bicycle racer UNLESS you rode Campy. But the kid was interested in getting his hands on it. That's a start, right? I can install the cups since I bought the tools. I'm sure I could install the chainset.

    I'll swing by and say hello to the fellows in Ann Arbor. I knew there had to be a shop there, all college towns have one shop.

    By the bye, if anyone in the area needs to install an FSA crank or a hollow tech II or campy bottom bracket I have the chain tool, the cup tool, torque wrenches, stand, etc.
    Ann Arbor has at least three. Two Wheel Tango, Wheels in Motion, and Great Lakes. Ypsilanti has Ypsilanti Cycles.

    I've had several head tubes faced at Great Lakes and at least one BB chased and faced. I understand looking for guys with bits of NR in their teeth, but honestly I have had your kind of work done. And while I haven't bought an Ultra Torque, I'm certain Great Lakes can install it correctly.

    If you still are searching.

    Have you looked at True North in Guelph?

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