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They Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To – Bike Snob NYC


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Nonetheless obtained it!

This was in reference to my put up yesterday concerning the newest Diverge garvel biek, and he’s rattling proper, as a result of I wouldn’t contact that silly factor with a 10-foot proprietary crabon suspension seatpost.

Truly that’s a lie, if Specialised despatched me one to trip I completely would–however that will by no means occur, though I usually promote their merchandise:

You’re welcome, Specialised.

(By the best way, that saddle most likely supplies about as a lot suspension because the floppy seatpost on the brand new Diverge.)

And it’s not like I’m averse to new tech, both. Actually, my favourite highway bike is product of crabon…35 year-old crabon, however nonetheless:

I don’t know what it’s, each time I’m ready to throw this factor below the bus and declare my Titanium Fred Sled my favourite highway bike, I get again on it and fall for it over again. Bizarre, isn’t it? I imply take a look at the factor, it’s obtained a profile solely a mom or a triathlente might love:

However hey, what can I inform you, the bike feels nice, and for some motive it additionally feels quick–which it truly is, in response to my Strava. Relaxation assured I’m not on the market chasing private bests, however I do appear to be sooner on this bike, go determine. I additionally proceed to achieve appreciation for the C-File elements (other than the rear derailleur, that’s). For instance, think about the coveted-yet-maligned Delta brake, which I’ve come to grasp is definitely a rattling good racing brake that’s tragically misunderstood. (Certain, a Shimano brake is healthier in just about each manner, however I perceive what Campagnolo was doing right here and I applaud them for it.) Additionally, earlier than my trip this morning, I made a decision to deal with a tiny little play within the hub. I knew from The Internets that I needed to pop off this late-’80s aero-themed mud cowl:

For which, insanely, Campagnolo produced a devoted instrument:

However what I failed to understand till I did so was that, along with permitting entry to the axle nuts, eradicating this cone additionally grants direct entry to the bearings themselves, which suggests you possibly can lube them with out even futzing with the axle adjustment:

And that’s on high of these grease ports no one makes use of!

I imply yeah, you continue to can’t get to the bearings on the opposite facet as a result of freewheel, however nonetheless.

Anyway, the C-File group recollects an period when serviceability and adjustability had been nonetheless a prized qualities in a racing transmission.

However maybe probably the most entertaining features of residing with a classic crabon bike is taking part in a sport referred to as, “Is That Crack Structural?”

The stuff happening across the dropout is nearly actually simply the paint, however as for the remainder of the bike, who is aware of?

Hey, it lasted this lengthy. I’m positive it might do 35 extra years standing on its head.

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