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Old 10-31-13, 02:09 PM
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Campy options for touring

I have a BG Rockn'Road which I bought about 10 years ago. It originally came with Campy Chorus using downtube shifters and drop bars. Since I had intended to switch out the bars to butterfly touring bars, I decided to use XT pods for the brake levers and shifters (non-vbrake spec). A matching XT rear derailleur was also swapped out for the Chorus derailleur. After riding in this configuration for a few years, I would like to mate the Campy shifters and rear derailleur back to the bike.

Planning to keeping the butterfly bars because I find them comfy and the downtube levers, I have come across a few options. Does anyone have experience with these combinations with Campy gear, there are lots of discussions with Shimano and even Suntour but not much on Campy. I have two sets of Campy levers, one indexed and the other friction, both are Chorus.

1) Paul Thumbies: I wrote to the company and they are fairly sure it would work, however was not able to guarantee that the older shifters had been tested before with the Thumbies

2) Velo Orange thumb shifter mounts: just came across these today, don't know much about these yet, I like the machined look, but haven't see much in use.

3) Kelly Take Off mounts: not sure how these will fit on butterfly bars, the config is meant to be located adjacent to the hoods of the brake levers, but since I'll continue to use MTB style of levers, will the mount work properly?

I'm open to other options as well as these looked like the best option but not perfect for my application. I'll post some photos of the setup when I get home
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My current frankensetup is which made it from TDF to Quito:

Mirage 9sp shifters on drop bars hooked to canti
DA bar con for the cog shifter (for extra style reuse a front shifter)
clamp on front shifter
XT Dérailleur
11-32 9 sp on a ultegra hub.

Likes:

I like the way the gen two brifter campag hoods -feel-.
Campag front shifters are ratchet friction in disguise and will shift everything.
Having a friction cog shifter dumps the finickiness of indexing to the wayside.
Not shifting the front rings with a barcon -> happy

Dislikes:

Try and find a 9sp chain in peru :-)
I miss the oh so dense hard to find 13-28 9sp campag cassette. 13-14-15-17-19-21-23-25-28

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/p...pic_id=1463137



Getting called out by a pair of Italian guys in Usuhaia for riding campy... priceless.
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I fitted my Touring bike with derailleurs from Closeouts of Campag's abandoned attempt
to sell components in the MTB niche . circa late 80's
Euclid and Olympus named .. RD & FD & a 110-74 BCD crankset.

Sun Tour friction-ratchet Bar End shifters.. worked fine.. Drop bars..
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I considered the Euclid route, but for aesthetics wanted to keep the bike all Chorus and age correct, I don't have many "correct bikes" but maybe this will be the first
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here's a few pics, sorry for composition, it's dark and raining outside so this the best I could do
Ideally I would like the shifters to be orientated the same direction as if on the downtube and fastened at the ends of the bars. Kind of like how shifters are situated on a triathlon bike but in a different position, (boy this would be much easier to show that explain....)
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I fitted both my Marin ex-MTB now drop bar commuter conversion and my Moulton TSR30 with campag centaur ergo levers and shimano XT rear derailleur, hubs and cassette : the key to making the rear work is a J-Tek shiftmate :
http://jtekengineering.com/shiftmate.php
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thanks for your replies, I'm not interested in going the brifters route or swap out the butterfly bars.

Have any of you had experience with any of the options I posted above?






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another option, which may work is the Origin8 adapter


and mount on the top tube? like this one

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I considered the Euclid route, but for aesthetics wanted to keep the bike all Chorus and age correct,

bike's age or the riders?
I don't have many "correct bikes" but maybe this will be the first


reads like you want to own a Audax rig rather than something with 2 racks and 4 panniers
to haul your camping gear around .
(though then again, what era, is again the question)

since Campag Now only serves the roadie market and similar Tifosi these days.
and the long-distance Brevet folks get road components often.

[Never see new <C>stuff in the LBS here, they drive to portland]

People tour the coast on Road bikes , too .. though small shops wont have Campag spares when they break.

The one here , has arrangements with another shop down the coast ,
when riders of such equipped bikes need spares

they call the next decent shop down the coast. and forewarn them , the rider limps another couple days down the coast
and the 2nd shop has by then special ordered the parts in the mean time.
logistically ..thats a choice..


They, the Euclid bits I got, seemed so much sturdier than the shimano-suntour stuff back then.
so I went that way..



Ne how .. have some thumb shifters and some trekking bars , (& done customers bikes)

(8), what goes on where on them trekking bars, is a setup choice ..
you pick..

Near center-Right By the stem clamp , or, right over the brake levers, so, near there.

Either consider a V brake noodle to make a smoother sharp bend for better cable lines ..



Fabricate? a custom option : a machined plug in the trekking bar, end. Expand inthe tube
ala bar end shifters..

and the brake boss/square pin, on it. like a cap, then the levers would be upright,
90 degrees from the tube, rather than inline as on reg bar ends .

to move like a downtube lever, but be on the handlebars..

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