Campagnolo Chorus Carbon Ergo Shifters

Though it is nearly 2014, I just installed “modern” shifters on my De Rosa – 8 speed Campagnolo Chorus Carbon Ergo Shifters that were first released in the mid-90’s. I am catching up. At this rate, I should be fitting a Campagnolo 11 speed setup on my De Rosa around 2028.

I bought these shifters on eBay and when I took them apart to rebuild them, I saw that the right spring carrier was broken into two pieces. I bought the current version of the spring carrier at my local bike shop and with a Dremel cut-off wheel, modded them to fit.

I had previously been using Campagnolo Record SL-01RE CG downtube shifters. With my last rear wheel build, I graduated from a 7 speed freewheel to an 8 speed Campagnolo Chorus freehub. My Campagnolo Syncro shifters only had a 7 speed insert and with CT cranks (50-34), I was spinning out of gears at about 30 mph. I wasn’t using the smallest rear cog because I needed the largest cog to get up hills. Now I can use all the gears in the freehub and don’t start spinning out until I reach 35 mph.

On my first ride, I only reached for the no-longer-there downtube shifters three times.

Bay Bridge Traffic Jam

I took a bike ride with a couple of thousand bicyclists and pedestrians on September 3, 2013, on the just opened San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge’s new East Span.

The 15.5-foot wide bicycle/pedestrian path on the new Bay Bridge almost goes to Yerba Buena Island, then ends. A section of the old bridge will have to be demolished before the path reaches Yerba Buena Island and Treasure Island.

There is access to the path from the Bay Trail that begins in Emeryville and from Oakland on Maritime Street and the aptly named Burma Road.

Tour de France, Stage 18, Gap to Alpe d’Huez

The road to Alpe d’Huez

Last Thursday’s Stage 18 of the 2013 Tour de France was 172.5 km (107.2 mi), from the town of Gap to Alpe d’Huez. This year’s route required the riders to climb up to the ski resort Alpe d’Huez twice, accending 1124 m (3687 ft) in 13.8 km (8.5 mi), an 8.1% average grade. The climb to Alp D’Huez is categorized Hors catégorie, a French term used in cycle races (most notably, the Tour de France) to designate a climb that is “beyond categorization”, an incredibly tough climb. (Wikipedia)