I’ve been looking for ways to upgrade my Gios. The mechanic at Tacoma Bike told me all the Campy stuff I have on my bike is essentially crap. In spite being Chorus (which is typically the second highest quality in the Campy line – equivalent to Ultegra for Shimano) the brake-levers don’t do anything and the early Syncro shifters only really work in friction mode. If I want to have a real race bike I have to do something to sort this out. My solution: upgrade the system to Ergo levers. This solves the brake lever issue, gearing problems and moves the shifter-controls up to the hand, so I don’t have to keep finding the down-tube. I was shopping for anything basically: 8, 9 or 10 speed, knowing that only the 9 & 10 speed are interchangeable. For a few weeks I existed only on ebay to make other sellers more money. I just couldn’t afford to drop $200+ on a pair of levers, with a derailleur and wheel-set still needed. I found these eight-speeds for quite a bit less, committed myself and now I’m shopping some more.
I’m a member of bikeforums.net and over the past few months I’ve been blown away by the community I’ve found. These people genuinely love bikes and care for each other. For example, one of our members disappeared for quite a number of days after the recent Tsunami in Japan. He was a Sendai resident and we were all pretty scared for him. We had several different posts asking about him and making sure he was okay. On the bike side I recently had a local BF member call me to offer advise on fork-wobble I was experiencing on my Gios. He’s also offered to meet me to help me get the headset dialled in.
The marketplace and trade threads have also come in very handy and I just got a shipment in from a fellow BFer. White San Marco Rolls Saddle (again I’m a sucker for the italian stuff), a 42T Campagnolo chainring (for the Medici build), Shimano Bottom Bracket (this thing is way heavy) and I’m not sure why he sent me the Dia Compe levers, but they’ll look a treat on the Medici build too.
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