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New Exterior Column! And Bonus Bloviating! – Bike Snob NYC

I’ve acquired a brand new column within the Exterior, and it’s about construct a bicycle that gained’t succumb to obsolescence:

Which is to say it’s thinly-veiled propaganda for using previous highway bikes:

Be aware how what’s left of the rusty chrome nonetheless manages to scintillate.

Actually, although, how do you beat them? Fancy Dura Ace derailleur however, ranging from scratch, you could possibly in all probability throw a bedraggled-yet-still-classy bike like this collectively for about what a distant dropper publish prices if not much less:

[It costs $861]

For that matter, you could possibly in all probability purchase two full Normcore bikes for what that remote-control telescoping ass-pedestal prices:

Better of all, you don’t even want to recollect to cost it.

Talking of highway bikes, what’s the cope with Campagnolo?

Or, extra particularly, what’s the grasp plan at Campagnolo?

As a contemporary American urbanite with no actual issues to talk of I’m all the time up for a prolonged suppose piece a couple of bicycle part producer, and whereas I’m troubled by the writer’s obvious sentiment that Campagnolo hasn’t gone digital sufficient…

…I do suppose one drawback Campagnolo might be going through proper now could be that half the individuals it are dissatisfied it isn’t digital sufficient, and the opposite half are dissatisfied it’s not all silver and cable-actuated. It’s because individuals who like Campy are previous, and when roadies hit center age they encounter a fork within the highway; some choose to proceed modernizing and upgrading to the very finish, whereas others surrender all that and grow to be unbearable retrogrouches. And you may’t please them each. As a member of the latter group I in fact want Campagnolo would abandon the battery-powered rat race altogether and cater completely to individuals with slight beer bellies who trip metal bikes and put on wool jerseys, however apparently they’re going to do the alternative and grow to be a “sports activities luxurious” model:

I take this to imply that as a substitute of interesting to portly retrogrouches they’ll be focusing on excessive web price people with private trainers, like Richard Branson:

Branson is in fact extensively recognized for his incapacity to make use of his thumbs:

Which might clarify Campagnolo’s widely-lamented abandonment of the thumb button on its newest shifters:

I had simply assumed that this was as a result of Campy noticed the writing on the wall and understood that inside 10 years all shifting shall be carried out sphincterally by way of satellite tv for pc suppository shifters inserted deep within the rectum, however I now perceive that it’s as a result of their sociocultural evolution division have acknowledged that as individuals earn extra money there’s a corresponding loss in handbook dexterity.

Regardless, clearly a number of portly retrogrouches can’t assist an organization the dimensions of Campagnolo–it is a group of cyclists so grotesquely frugal they do ridiculous stuff like re-use cables and bar tape and even patch their inside tubes. Moreover, everyone is aware of the underside fell out of the luxurious bicycle market in the course of the peak of the fixie craze:

Most significantly, because the writer factors out, as of 2024 not one of the prime highway racing groups are utilizing Campagnolo anymore. Rivendell can promote you drivetrain elements regardless of the actual fact the professionals aren’t utilizing their stuff–actually they’ll promote you drivetrain elements as a result of the professionals aren’t utilizing their stuff. However Campagnolo doesn’t actually have that luxurious, as their lengthy racing heritage is their total id–that and needing particular instruments for the whole lot.

I don’t know what the long run holds for Campagnolo, however I’ve been occupied with it (bear in mind: I’ve no actual issues to cope with) however I do suppose I do know the place all of it went unsuitable for them:

Sure, it’s that wacky Campagnolo spline sample. As soon as indexing and freehubs took over, you had to decide on your universe–Campy or Shimano. And in case you selected Campy, you had been reduce off from the ever-expanding world of Shimano-compatible hubs and wheels. (Sure, in fact there have been conversion cassettes, and cable rerouting workarounds, and the 10-speed stuff was fairly shut and borderline interchangeable, however you couldn’t all the time depend on it. And I feel 12 velocity stuff all works collectively now but it surely’s too late.) Keep in mind when SRAM sauntered in with Double Faucet? They used Shimano splines and cog spacing so switching over was simple, now they personal the whole lot and are flogging $900 distant management seatposts. In the meantime, Campagnolo’s spline sample is clearly the work of a deranged psychopath. If Campagnolo had adopted Shimano’s spacing early on they could nonetheless be on prime immediately.

Other than the thumb factor in fact.

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