Wednesday, July 29, 2009


Cant wait for all the jokes to start rolling in on this one but hey, anything 80's Campagnolo is COOL!!!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Campagnolo Icons

These old Icons are pretty cool I reckon!!! Used in the 80's & 90's you can find them on any box for any group set.

The chart below tells you exactly which Icon means what if you don't have any of the boxes for your beloved Campagnolo parts anymore (shame on you).

Got me thinking that maybe these Icons should be used more this space

Ride safe, G

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Update no#.......

So after some careful consultation with the joiner and a well thought out plan for the wooden base for this display unit I have now decided against Rimu but will now use another lighter wood to bring out the carbon and gold of the project!

Its hard to see the full impact of the carbon from the photo's below due to my A)very poor skills with a camera and B)the light was pretty average and C)using the flash with cranks this shinny is like looking into the sun! I think you will get the idea however of what I am trying to achieve with the mix of old and new.

The carbon brackets still need to be polished and clear coated to really make them shine like the rest of the project and this will be the final phase of the construction, hopefully it wont take too long, yeah right!

more updates to come, watch this space...ride safe, G

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Crystal Cool

The next step in the display project is complete!

After much humming and haaing I got talking to a mate of mine about how best to thread the clear BB shell for my project, we decided to try a tapping tool first....hmmmm that's just not going to work Glenn, too blunt, too hard!!!

So I thought now what? This clear BB shell really IS the centre piece of the whole display, it needs to be done just right! I got talking to another mate who races (very well indeed I might add) and also has an Engineering degree, and also happens to work with/for a very special bike manufacturing company here in Chch (Dynamic Composits), dude take the clear shell to the guys that thread out BB's for the frames we build, easy, done!

So I thought right I'm going to be dealing with an engineer who deals in exact measurements and so on....I need a picture with the measurements and shows EXACTLY what i want.......

The guys @ Goodman Engineering were so helpful and quick to get the job done I just have to give them a shout out, awesome work guys, thanks heaps!

I didn't even get around the block before I had to pull over and put my new toy together int he car.....

The BB has come out so much cooler and nicer than I ever thought it would have....very very very cool!!!

More photos to be posted shortly once I have finished work for the day....Ride safe G

Sunday, July 12, 2009

one step at a time step at a time!

....and so it continues, the display project is slowly but surely making progress and I feel I am now at a stage where I can see the light at the end of the tunnel, or is that the sparkling cranks at the end of the tunnel?(and oh how they sparkle!)

Just got the gold chain rings back from the polisher and they have come up much better than I first expected they would (Escort Metal Polishers in Christchurch are a fantastic little family company that do an awesome job, highly recommend them for any fine and fiddly jobs big or small, thanks guys!)

Dont ya just love the contrast between the mirror polished cranks and the gold chain rings, cant wait to throw in the carbon fibre brackets with polished finish to really finish off the mix of modern/retro.....

Just cos I can I have added these couple of shots with a white back ground to bring out the Gold of the be the judge....

keep watching for the next installment of the project......Ride safe, G

Friday, July 3, 2009

75 Years of Campagnolo

I know this book has been out for some time now but I only just brought a copy today and its still sealed in the plastic wrap. Not sure I want to open it either, maybe I'll go read it at the library or check out a mates copy and leave this one sealed for future generations to admire.

Either way this book will take pride of place on the book shelf next to the previously mentioned Campagnolo catalogues.

Ride Safe, G

Update time......

Just when ya thought your Friday was a complete write off and nothing could make a brother smile he remembered the polished 1st generation C Record cranks were due for collection!

It's been a dull grey week with lots of rain here in Christchurch, the sun was out briefly this morning but the southerly was starting to roll in again this afternoon. The sun has shone as bright as these cranks since January 1987!!!

(photo taken from cell ph, believe me these cranks shine 10 x more than the photo suggests)

Really looking forward to getting hold of the polished carbon brackets to match the shine on these bad boys!

Next job on the list is the BB shell....threading problem has been solved and should have another update next week with a completed BB shell, attached, cranks locked and loaded along with Gold chain rings....aahhh yes!

Till then...ride safe, G

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

--- Campagnolo Special Gease ---

Its often said its the simple things in life that mean so much....never a truer word spoken when last night at my friends parents house I discovered this wee treat sitting on the shelf of the "bike room".

Go ahead mate, open it up and have a look, there's still plenty in there! You should have seen the smile on my face!(yes I need to get out more I know this!)with screw driver in hand and trying not to mark the can in anyway I popped the lid off to find the smoothest, sweetest smelling grease the world has ever known!!!

One of the biggest regrets I have had with my Colnago Master project was when taking the bike apart it was apparent that it still had the original Campagnolo grease used when it was assembled in 1988!!!

I'm thinking now, if I sweet talk my friends Dad into letting me use some of the "special grease" when I put the "Master" back together I can ride and gaze at her lovingly guilt free in the knowledge she has been rebuild just as she was all those yrs ago, what a 21st present a....some Campagnolo Special Grease, what a lucky girl!!!

Ride safe, G