Deference: Gianni’s Campagnolo Down Tube Shifter

Deference: Gianni’s Campagnolo Down Tube Shifter

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  1. Cyclops:
    I think I can probably take Frank’s cat.

    Famous last words. It’s actually not a cat, but a rabbit from Caerbannog, with nasty bug pointy teeth and a vicious streak a mile wide. You’ve been warned.

  2. @Steampunk
    Thanks mate. It’s just me and this fucking turkey now. I don’t like losing and I know I can take it. By next February, I’ll be back to my racing weight.

    Fucking Thanksgiving. The Pilgrims move to the good ol’ US of A, realize that can’t grow anything for shit, and can’t kill an animal to save their lives. Nice planning fuckers, they didn’t have fucking Arby’s yet in 16-whatever, so you got to kill shit yourselves. Flummoxed completely, famine ensues for a year until finally one of them get the bright idea to ask one of the natives how the fuck they do it.

    A partnership ensues, the dumbass Pilgims live and celebrate by having a massive feast. Then a few years later they steal the natives’ land. We celebrate annually in the classically American glutenous way by stuffing our already too-fat faces with greasy food. And then do it again at Christmas and New Years.

    What a fucking awesome holiday. Merckx bless America, assholes.

  3. @frank
    Please stop: I almost wet myself. Of course, I couldn’t hear any of it, because I was already over the summit and the descent.

    But how do you handle this turn of events: I was peaking in two months; I’m not peaking in two months anymore; or I’m peaking in two months and a few extra days?

  4. frank :
    …my favorite bits from my favorite band, Big Head Todd and the Monsters

    Good call on Big Todd, Frank. I was a fan of Midnight Radio and saw them up close in Chicago in the early ’90s. I had forgotten about them. Nice to go back for a listen. “Bittersweet” on the player.

  5. @caviarboy

    An example of how your bike should look:

    My CX ride after one of the winter races last July.

  6. @Steampunk

    That’s no ordinary rabbit…

  7. Kiwicyclist:
    @caviarboy
    An example of how your bike should look:

    My CX ride after one of the winter races last July.

    Nice…I should have known better than to post a pic of a virgin cross bike, unsoiled and pristine, lest I incur the wrath of my fellow velominatus. Am heading out of town today so will post a few more appropriate pics of it after my return.

  8. @Kiwicyclist
    Too sunny. Sorry: try again. The grass looks pristine and the bike’s color is still discernible.

    @Brett
    Rabbit stew, coming right up!

  9. @xyxax

    Good call on Big Todd, Frank. I was a fan of Midnight Radio and saw them up close in Chicago in the early ’90s. I had forgotten about them. Nice to go back for a listen. “Bittersweet” on the player.

    I’ve been following those guys since about ’89, I think, or there abouts. Marko is a big fan, too. Music tastes change, but BHTM is always still there. They just had their 20th Anniversary of Midnight Radio, and they recorded it love at Red Rocks last year. Check it out.
    http://bigheadtodd.com/music/discography/midnight-radio-20th-anniversary

  10. @Kiwicyclist, @Steampunk
    I’m with Steampunk. Try again. Also, please correct the Rule #44 violation. Even at that angle, the violation is clear. Highest marks on the steel frame and 3-cross pattern on the wheels.

  11. @frank
    I dunno, Frank. I thought it was in compliance with Rule #44; I think it’s the angle of the shot. But I’ll defer to the expert in these things.

  12. Can this qualify for hardness? It’s attached to an EMX5 Eddy Merckx w/ Campy Record 11 and Euros wheels w/ Gommatalia rubber.

  13. @poppapro
    It qualifies as something, though I’m not sure what. What is that saddle? I’ve never seen one. Overall, it sounds like a sweet rig which begs the point, we need more photos.

  14. Brilliantly written piece! Thanks! Reminds me of how much I long to be back in 619-land with my friends and out the hell of New England.

    Now, frank, go take that bottle cage off that cross bike before someone thinks your a newbie!

  15. @Buck Rogers

    I realize that there are a million Gianni’s in Italy, but this is not THE Gianni (Bugno) that you are referring to is it?

    Ah, alas, no. Not Gianni, although I would happily take one from him should he offer it. This keychain came from a Gianni perhaps more legendary – with perhaps an even more magnificient stroke. Our own Gianni.

  16. I’ve always liked keychains, the cycling related the most :)

  17. @poppapro
    What a ride! Another Campy boy, good on ya.

    @Buck Rogers

    Frank: I realize that there are a million Gianni’s in Italy, but this is not THE Gianni (Bugno) that you are referring to is it?

    Nay…only in my dreams am I Gianni Bugno. I’m glad the shifter has had a new life on Frank’s key chain and I’m glad it is still thrilling a new owner. It came off my old steel bike when I went Ergo, the other one must be somewhere. It was the single best upgrade I’ve ever made to a bike.

    Imagine the thrill of opening the original Campy boxes with all the components inside, sweet jesus, extremely exciting. Those boxes looked cool enough on their own but a rear derailleur inside, man, so much fondling before it was even installed. And that is why I am still a Campy fan, no Shimano on my road bike.

  18. @poppapro
    That belongs over the The Bikes, my friend – but between now and when you upload that one, please remove that fucking saddle bag.

    Though, I have to say that is one of the finest modern Merckx’s I’ve seen in a while.

  19. Like most Seattle residents, I saw snow and assumed the worst. I was preparing for 3 months off the bike.

    But like Seattle always does, it warmed up a few days later. I bathed the rain bike two days ago, did this to it yesterday morning:

  20. Greetings! New to this site and I love IT! Here is a way to endure a ride in the nasty weather. First you need these….

    Then you can go do this!

  21. @caviarboy
    see Rule #5

  22. @Booksy
    Dude, that bike looks like it was shat on by a gnome named Gerry who happens to have dysentery. Any interest in giving us some context?

  23. There’s a Tricross under all the gnome-shit, ands a severed hand in the grass…

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