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From old to new, the road of struggeling (and still going on that road)

Old 05-30-14, 12:26 PM
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From old to new, the road of struggeling (and still going on that road)

In advance I apologize for my English as a non-native speaker. This is a "short" story of my travel along the road,
of old frame Crmo Reynold Tubing, new components.

After around 1 year of purchase, one morning, the right lever decided to give in, I wasn't able to shift
anymore and clearly didn't heard a "click". I noticed the cable tension was good, and the derailleur
could be moved by hand, so I quickly came to the conclusion that it had to be the shifter itself.
In order to get to the bold (in my case a 5 mm Allen key) to remove the right shifter to see what is going on
you have to get off the plastic hood. Before you start with anything, specially on old stuff, try to find
yourself some technical drawings. Campagnolo has everything on their website so that is really helpful.

When I took the lever off and opened the inside I notice directly that the cable hook disc (EC-AV0055)
was made of plastic (now it is not anymore), and broken in the middle (where the bold goes through, when
the bold moves, because of the shift, it is manufactured that so that the cable hook disc is turning as well,
which makes the become more tight etc). Obviously first thing what I did was looking on the internet for
spare parts. Obviously I came to the usual sites: CRC UK, Ebay. After posting my "problem" on bike forum
did I came to branfordbike.com.

Within a few hours after my email (calling didn't work), I got a reply (nice job guys!), although negative they
got me in contact with Nigel (retro33uk@yahoo.co.uk - campyoldy.com). A big source of information and parts.
He got back to me telling me he had some Avanti Ergo 8spd shifters.

So from that moment I've got a choice. Do I ask Nigel for the price or go for it, or do I jump in the deep
and go the hard way, moving from 1998 8speed, to 2013 9 speed? Surprisingly I went for the latter. What really
made my decision I can't recall, but I got to a point that I looked at the old girl and thought of all the
years she was being neglected. So it was time for me to give her a makeover.

First I stripped her so I could look properly at the frame to see if there were no problems.
Luckily I didn't find anything. I removed the brakes without problems. The seat post was an issue. It seems that
nobody took the effort to take it out clean it, grease and stick it back in. Is it stuck and does it need to
get loose? Use WD-40. Left it for the night, and the night morning I could take it out. There was a lot of
corrosion on the aluminum seat post, and it didn't feel right to grease it up and stuff it back in. So I ordered
myself a new seat post (black - 25.4 mm / 350mm ZOOM), this one cost me around 5 GBP (159 czk), and it fitted like
a charm. Luckily I didn't had to shorten it as 350mm is pretty long.

Brakes, fitted without any problems, so that was a lucky thing. Same counted for the new levers, and the usual
for the cables etc etc.

First test ride out wasn't a success, for some it is obvious, but I was in denial, and could figure it out. Some fresh
air did me well while I was "riding" my derailleur was between gears. So you push hard on the pedal and you skip through
it. This is not nice riding I can tell you. I adjusted the cables, everything and nothing seems to work.

Searching towards the cause of this mystery (Zinn's book didn't help that much), I read on the website of Sheldon Brown that
in 2001 Campagnolo changed the derailleurs, which basically meant that everything before 2001 didn't fit on new components.
That explained my problems. As a result I went for a new derailleur (10sp, just like my shifters).
Derailleur installed, new cassette placed (Miche 9 speed, because I've got a 8/9 speed Shimano hub).
So now it is the question how she will react tomorrow.

Bottom line points:
1. I loved working on my bike, searching through the net, and finding solutions;
2. Don't do this if you do not have the time or the patience;
3. The price I paid was less then for a new bike;
4. you will come across problems no matter how you look at it, if you do step back and relax;
5. read the book Zenn and the art of motorcycle maintenance;
6. Have your own space to work on your bike;
7. get good tools and order them along the way;
8. ask help if needed;
9. Have fun and don't give up!

Note that building is still in progress
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Old 11-05-14, 08:43 AM
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It is now November and I have seen that I didn't reply to this treat for a long time.

Everything runs smoothly since the start. All problems were solved.

Hopefully this has been a helpful post for others.
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Old 11-05-14, 08:52 AM
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You should post some pics; if it's an old bike, you may want to post pics of the build and a description of what you have been doing on the C&V forum
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