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Old 10-11-12, 08:10 AM
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Campagnolo workstand

I picked up this Campagnolo workstand recently and am having a hard time finding any information about it. There is a small catalog scan on Campy Only but the details are hard to see. I would like to get it back into working order but I am missing the padding that would have been on the ledge where the BB sits and I assume there would have been some padding within the clamp.

Does anyone have one of these? I would like to see how this thing originally looked. Here are some photos of mine as found.





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That thing is magnificent! Is it heavy? I would make some rubbers for padding out of old cartires or something. Maybe foam...
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The CR list has a search function: https://groups.google.com/group/class...822242d113dc61
I entered "campagnolo bikestand" and got several hits w/ links to photos.
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I did some Googling and found these links.

https://italiancyclingjournal.blogspo...ing-stand.html

https://www.flickr.com/photos/78501498@N00/6850932358/

https://www.worthpoint.com/worthopedi...tand-134217395
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What a cool find JetS. Very scarce item.

BTW, if you need any material with which to cover the base and clamps, I've got all sorts. PM me if in need.
Rubber, leather, heavy felt, etc.
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Campagnolo sold these up through the mid sixties. If you're is in decent condition, which it appears to be, all you need to do is pad the clamps, and BB cradle.

Be aware that it may not be well suited to modern bikes. It's designed around steel frames with 1-1/8" downtubes, and BBs without cables running below them. But with improvised rubber pads glued in place, it'll be a nice piece to own.
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here's some photos a friend of mine took at the Trexlertown, PA bike swap meet last weekend, where one of these stands was on sale for $500:



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looks like the original material for padding was "rough-out" leather. You could use the same or "go all modern" with some dense closed-cell foam.
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I used to have one and found it to be totally impractical, so I sold it (Back in 2003-4 for $400 if I recall correctly). I replaced it with a cheapo Minoura that works much better. Mine had no padding whatsover in the DT clamp, and only a real grungy leather pad at the BB. It makes fro a better bike display rack than a repair stand.
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Originally Posted by Citoyen du Monde
I used to have one and found it to be totally impractical, so I sold it (Back in 2003-4 for $400 if I recall correctly). I replaced it with a cheapo Minoura that works much better. Mine had no padding whatsover in the DT clamp, and only a real grungy leather pad at the BB. It makes fro a better bike display rack than a repair stand.
Yes, only a rectangle of leather for the bottom bracket shell.
I have seen a few of these, they must have been pretty short run, almost "one offs" as the one I saw in person had what looked like chain stays for the legs, they tapered to the feet and the legs were removable for transport.
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Thanks guys, lots of helpful information from this forum, as per usual.

Yes, the gentleman from whom I purchased the stand said that there was a leather piece on the BB cradle but he said it was useless so he removed it and he used a scrunched up rag instead.

Thanks for the offer, rootboy, I have some packing foam that I think will work nicely. If it doesn't work, I will definitely take you up on your offer, cheers.

How do I become a member of the CR list? I cannot see the photos that norskagent has linked.

The previous owner bought the stand new and painted it with primer in the '80s so I may remove the primer one of these days. I do believe that it will work nicely as a showcase for bikes rather than as a repair stand but I like how compact it is, the stand I currently use takes up a lot more floor space.

Zielman---no, it is not very heavy at all but it is quite sturdy so far. The stand doesn't wobble at all and there is a pair of little legs at the bottom of the clamp that swing down to hold the front wheel in place.

The gentleman that sold me the stand had a real treasure trove of stuff, I may be going back for more as he no longer rides and is my height. Entering his storage area was, for me, like entering Alladin's cave.
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You can also look in an auto parts store and check out if you can find a rubber brake or clutch pedal cover that might fit over that curved BB support plate. It will give it a more finished look if you do find one.....
Maybe you can just strip off all the paint, clean up the metal and give it a linseed oil coating.....

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Yes, I did that but nothing came up, just a message saying that I have to be a member to see the list. I figured it out though, you have to set it so that the "old Google group" is setup, not the new setup. So, I have applied and hope to hear from the admin soon. Cheers!
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Sweet! I have a similar Cinelli stand. I like the different ideas for padding here. I took the cheap/quick path and used some cork bar-tape scraps. Wish mine had a tool tray, and I must say the clamp on yours is way cooler!

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I was just looking the other day at a modern el-cheapo stand with basically the same design. Apart from the warm glow of C&V cachet, would the old campy stand perform any better than this thing ($32.97 delivered!!)?
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I was just looking the other day at a modern el-cheapo stand with basically the same design. Apart from the warm glow of C&V cachet, would the old campy stand perform any better than this thing ($32.97 delivered!!)?
I suspect the old Campy stand is much heavier than that new one, so it would present a more stable platform when wrenching on something on the bike....especially if it's stuck or really tight and you have to put your weight on it....
Maybe one can modify that new one to have one of those outdoor umbrella bases that you can fill with sand or water to give it some weight/stability?? I've also seen umbrella stands that are made from heavy cast iron.....
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Heavy or not, the tripod on that campy stand in the OP seems to have a really small footprint, compared to the new one (and compared to the sweet-looking cinelli stand). And if that new one is unstable (some reviewers on Amazon complain it won't stand up at all, others say it's fine for "light" work), it looks like you could bolt that bottom plate onto anything you want, or at least just put sandbags on the legs.
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Would you buy a work stand from a guy named "Discount Tommy"?
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I had a cheap version of that type of stand. I got so mad at it after it damaged a decal on my Bridgestone that I gave it to a scrap collector.
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Would you buy a work stand from a guy named "Discount Tommy"?
In fact I did. Should show up in another day or two. The key I think is low expectations. And if I don't like it, I expect I can ditch it for $25 on CL; total risk $7.
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I have used the stand and it is pretty neat but I will probably use it only for display purposes. The 3 legs are very sturdy and I haven't once felt that the stand would tip over.
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Yeah, you'd think Campagnolo wouldn't make something that would tip over or be badly designed.
Keep us posted if you ever get back to "Aladdin's Cave". That sounds enticing.
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
I was just looking the other day at a modern el-cheapo stand with basically the same design. Apart from the warm glow of C&V cachet, would the old campy stand perform any better than this thing ($32.97 delivered!!)?
Like most things Campagnolo, part of the "performance" is the cache of the brand, the vanity and the scarcity of the object. In reality its just about impossible to beat say Shimanoculture 105 8-speed for a perfectly flawless functioning group. That doesn't stop me from having Campy bits, esoteric improbable Campagnolo bits. I love my Record OR shifters, but like many things Campy the idea of the thing is actually better than the thing itself. Truth be told we're lucky Campagnolo is even around anymore. Pros don't win races on their kit, as proved by the FSA litigation. I love Campagnolo. The world is better with them in it. However, there are better functioning bike stands being made by DIY from plans on the internet.

Look at Campy tools. They couldn't be simpler, often aren't as well made as Pedro's stuff or as innovative, and yet they still sell for gobs of money. I think Colnago, Cinelli, or Olmo should pick up on that and come into the market with a line of tools. I'd love Campy tools if they were as good as they are scarce, but they just aren't. They are cool and rare, and in many cases obsolete.

That being said, I'll bet every single one of us now wants one of these. When I saw the clamp that was enough to get me going.
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Originally Posted by mtnbke
Like most things Campagnolo, part of the "performance" is the cache of the brand, the vanity and the scarcity of the object. In reality its just about impossible to beat say Shimanoculture 105 8-speed for a perfectly flawless functioning group. That doesn't stop me from having Campy bits, esoteric improbable Campagnolo bits. I love my Record OR shifters, but like many things Campy the idea of the thing is actually better than the thing itself. Truth be told we're lucky Campagnolo is even around anymore. Pros don't win races on their kit, as proved by the FSA litigation. I love Campagnolo. The world is better with them in it. However, there are better functioning bike stands being made by DIY from plans on the internet.

Look at Campy tools. They couldn't be simpler, often aren't as well made as Pedro's stuff or as innovative, and yet they still sell for gobs of money. I think Colnago, Cinelli, or Olmo should pick up on that and come into the market with a line of tools. I'd love Campy tools if they were as good as they are scarce, but they just aren't. They are cool and rare, and in many cases obsolete.

That being said, I'll bet every single one of us now wants one of these. When I saw the clamp that was enough to get me going.
Campagnolo tools are a pleasure to use on the era of bicycle they were designed to work on.
Their designs for proper installation of the headset and bottom bracket set the standard for all others to work from.
At the time, VAR was the only bike shop level competition. Useful as some of their tools were designed for different form factors of parts. Campagnolo offered their tools for prep and assembly of Campagnolo equipped bicycles of ther era.
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