More fun than running too!
I’ve always been on the Japanese groups until this latest bike. I recently purchased a new-to-me road bike that was outfitted with Campy Record 10 speed, triple chainring up front. It was... an adjustment, and I’m not completely sold yet. The levers are much shorter on the Campy and though the thumb shifters are nice, they cannot be reached from the drops without monkey thumbs. I will say, I do like the ergos of the Campy hoods over the Shimano.The vintage bike hobby is pretty similar to the vintage watch hobby. In the early 70's, the bike I really wanted was the Fuji Professional but it was more than twice as expensive as the Peugeot I actually bought. In the 70's, the Japanese were doing cool stuff. The early Dura Ace was nearly visually identical to Campagnolo Super Record. In the early 80s, Shimano developed the AX aero components which were very cool. Gradually, Shimano perfected index shifting which took over and blew Campagnolo into the weeds. Campy stuck with friction shifting way longer than they should have and almost went out of business. That cheating Lance Armstrong proved to the world that Shimano and the Japanese built un-beatable bike components.
Getting back to vintage, there is a certain snobbery among vintage bike people for European bikes and components. I have a couple Italian bikes with Campagnolo components on them but the bikes I ride most are late 70's and early 80's Japanese. Fuji, Miyata, Panasonic, Nishiki and Lotus certainly make every day beaters but their high end bikes were superior to anything coming out of Europe. At the same time, Seiko was building world beating watches and the Europeans almost went out of business. It's the same story with motorcycles and cars. Certainly, many people still feel European machinery is the best but Japan is certainly as good or better in almost every aspect. I drive a Honda, ride a Kawasaki and wear a Seiko. That says how I feel on the subject.
Very solid collection and all look like they’ll help with building that speed, especially that Colnago.Good thread ;-)
I have too many bikes and have had nearly 90 (with photos). Most of fixed or built up and sold for a profit.
Almost all are road.
At the moment;
Argon 18 (fast training bike),
Look (race bike),
Cannondale Synapse hydrolic disc with mudguards (Winter training),
Bauer Singlespeed (classic, SS training owned for 23 years),
Colnago AC - R (built to sell and for sale),
Trek MTB (never used) &
two TEAM Raleighs from the 80s I've restored.
I train and race a lot - club racing and events (Sportivs). Last year I did over 7000kms up to September when the club race season ended and I only did about 50kms a week from then on.
I'm now upping the ante as the race season starts on Feb 8th. I'm slow - but I want to be....less slow!