Thursday, September 26, 2013

Campag

A Campag moment.




'When we saw a good-looking girl at the roadside, we'd say she was ... Campag.'

- Raphael Geminiani






This year is the 80th anniversary of the celebrated component manufacturer Campagnolo.

Tullio Campagnolo was the man behind many innovations (around 135 patented inventions): for example the quick-release hub and parallelogram rear derailleur. What is it that this famed company did to transpire the humble racing bike?

The Italian sense to aesthetics of beauty transforming bike frames to jewel like, finely crafted pieces of engineering. He worked closely with many of cycling greats (Coppi, Bartali Anquetil, Merckx, Indurain) producing cutting-edge components, and ordinary cyclists want to be like the greats.

'When I raced, 15 was the smallest sprocket. Tullio brought out the 13 for Anquetil, and the 12 for Merckx.'

- Raphael Geminiani

I'm celebrating in my own way. Having the pleasure to ride with Campagnolo since 1987 with Nuovo Record and now with Veloce...

I feel this sense of connection with the Italian passion for cycling.



Merckx and Coppi worked closely with Campagnolo throughout
their careers.


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