15 June 2009

So where exactly does one find a bike’s worth of 1980-90s vintage parts….

Here and there.

4 countries, 6 states, and several bikes stores later…

Rear deraileur

31 May 2009

Not as beautiful as the earlier versions with the engraved Campy logo, but this one is in great condition nonetheless. Nothing too exciting about this, but it’ll be a nice workhorse.

Synchro Shifters

22 May 2009

Probably the second most ridiculous component on the bike. Known for their finickiness and lack of desired functionality, these beauties were Campy’s attempt to do index shifting in the late-80’s to early 90’s. These are second generation synchro shifters (but after they did away with the designation between 1st and 2nd gen. why do I know this?). Interestingly enough, these are for 8-speed, which is far less than ideal with freewheel type hubs since it puts more stress on the axle than desired. I have no clue what kind of magic i’m going to have work to get them functioning as desired, but I will probably have the most success just replacing the cog for 8 speed indexing with a 6 or 7 speed version.

If nothing else, they’ll work in friction mode and I can just make a clicking noise whenever I shift. ::click::click::click:: Oh, there’s the gear I wanted….

::trumpet fanfare:: Delta Brakes ::trumpet fanfare::

10 May 2009

Building an Italian bike that’s from 1986-1993? If it doesn’t have Delta Brakes, it’s crap. Less so for the actual performance and more so for the beauty/ridiculousness. A true case of form over function. Likely the most expensive single component on the bike. Ride them for the compliments, swear at them for their operation. This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The best part – these brakes were won on eBay using a friend’s iPhone (thanks @the_danno) at Toronado from a seller in France. Most money i’ve ever dropped at a bar in one sitting… so far.

Headset (now with speed holes!)

4 May 2009

Upon inspection, you may notice the Guerciotti already has a headset installed. It was described as a “boutiquey” period relevant headset from Shimano. But really, what business do Japanese parts have on an Italian frame? Think about the last time Italy and Japan were allied… that ended badly. Almost as catastrophic as that joke.

So on that note, more Campy! The most important part: this headset has speed holes. Literally. Why? because who doesn’t like going fast? Whoosh!


20 April 2009

First point of concern? Hubs. I’m going to build up the wheels, so I’d like to have these a bit earlier. Since I want my wallet to properly hemorrhage money, I will attempt to get mostly period appropriate Campy components (ok, so I also want the bike to be gorgeous). That means C-Record. Enter these bad boys:

Somewhat of an impulse buy on my part, but the prices wasn’t too bad and they’re in good condition.

One advantage of getting period specific stuff – the spacings are correct, i.e. no cold setting required. The rims and spokes will be among a few modern components (likely Mavic Open Pros with DT Swiss or Wheelsmith butted spokes). Need to find those as some point, but that’s the least of my troubles.