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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:57 pm 
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...because to expensive to replace/upkeep.

To avoid excessive spending on Campa parts and even little bits you could also decide to let your bike act as garage queen only.

Or do you still choose to ride them hard? ...and what do you do to make that possible than?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 2:33 pm 
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As the cost of my Merckx build would be very silly if I had to start from scratch -it will be a 'occasional rider'


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What poppycock :-)


brake blocks can be replaced with copies

buy Veloce chains and clusters instead of record.

keep it clean

It's only money!!

Andy


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:48 pm 
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If you're talking about pre-90s parts, then there's only a few things to stop you using the bike

1) "natural" Record Brake lever hoods. even copies are hard to come by.
2) NOS Record bottom brackets in italian thread - but then you could fit a Phil Wood or Royce instead.
3) 144BCD chainrings in anything below 45T.

There's nothing else stopping you. Everything else is easily available on ebay for reasonable prices.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:53 am 
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Actually I've all 3 parts you're mentioning :oops:

On topic: Normally I go two ways for my spares: Donorbike and LBS. Atractive is picking up a donorbike, preferably with a frame I like. I clean parts thoroughly, put them in little bag, are categorized and go in storage in the right environment. I have parts ready for use.

But when I need a particular part I do not already have I do not always want to buy a donorbike. Moreover there are parts you will not easily encounter on a donorbike.

The route I will go than is LBS. The LBS' stock of Shimano parts is much more impressive and Campa's compatability is not so good. I can not screw a Shimano cone on a Campa axle for example. If they stock something for me the LBS' prices are always quite good, as their stock is written off stock where nobody is asking for and because they find me a funny guy with the funny old bicycles.

If this route fails though, I'll have to find 'my luck' on the www most likely and there I am not the funny guy anymore. Instead I'll have to compete in a serious marketplace with people who care less about money, have only few bikes or for whatever kind of reason are used to and willing to pay more than I do.

This is bit a pain, as I realize the Campa stuff is often beautifully made with great care and aesthetics often are ace on a quality bike. I sincerelly like the old NR/SR. Nevertheless it is also the case that Campa does not really fit in right in the concept I have of using Vintage bikes and why I started with it in the 1st place.


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