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Review and overhaul of Campagnolo Record Look-style pedals

I know these pedals are around 20 years old at least, but they are still one of my favorite pedals.  Nearly all of the Look-style pedals from this era are durable, serviceable, inexpensive and easy to use; all of the qualities I look for in bike parts.  The Campagnolo versions though are the cream of the crop with the Record versions being my first choice.  They have a beautiful pearly white paint job that pictures do not do justice and look really classy on any bike.  The bodies may be shaped just like the Look branded pedals of the era, but the axles and bearings were manufactured by Campagnolo and…
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Refurb Number 1

July 1, 2013: This project involves rehabbing a Trek 660 frame from around 1985.  This is a cool frame and fork made in Wisconsin with Reynolds 531 tubing.  It is over 30 years old though and could use some modifications and fresh paint to bring it up to date.  I'm going to remove the brake housing guides along the top tube and braze on some split guides on the bottom left side of the top tube.  I will also cold set the rear spacing to 130mm and hone the inside of the seat tube.  Then it is off to powder coating to be blast off the old paint and get…
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Campagnolo 11 speed chains

I am a retrogrouch by heart and have persisted with my Campagnolo 8 speed groups for 20 years.  Why would I need a new group?  The 8 speed Record stuff will last forever and looks awesome.  That being said, I recently broke down and got an 11 speed Athena group to see what the new stuff is like.  I'll go a review of the group in a separate post but I did want to discuss the chain.  There have long been complaints about how Campagnolo's chains require special (expensive) tools to install and I did find that irritating at first for the 11 speed chain. Now needing a new chain…
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2013 North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS)

Karen and I attended the NAHBS last month in Denver (it changes locations every year). It was our first time and we really enjoyed it. From what I hear, the show has really grown over the last few years. I think there were over 150 booths and there were a lot of mainstream vendors, like Shimano and Chris King, who participated. The highlight of course was all of the small custom framebuilders. Titanium was definitely the order of the day. While all impeccably made, the titanium bikes all started to look the same with their brushed or shot-peened titanium finishes. There was a lot more variety in the steel bikes.…
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