Sunday, May 1, 2022

Eroica California 2022 - Bicycle Concours d'Elegance and Swap


The 2022 California Eroica Festival was held for the first time since 2019, and, again Cambria, California was chosen as the host city. My wife and I rented a beach cottage near Fiscalini Ranch and had a splendid weekend. I didn't do the ride on Sunday, but enjoyed much of what the festival had to offer. This time around, though, I didn't purchase anything at the swap as I had three years ago during my visit. I have too many parts sitting in drawers already.

As you can see, the bikes on display represented many of the finest around - brought here by collectors from far and wide. Ted Ernst, who just turned 90 a few days ago, was one of the judges. Few men his age have got the zeal and pep he does. Great to see Ted out there accompanied by another judge, looking over the minute details of these vintage beauties as he made his rounds - what a true classic and class act he is, himself, in so many ways. 

I did bring a bike up here to Cambria to ride around. It's my newly-built Klein ebike conversion, and it was very helpful climbing the hills in this neighborhood - see photos, below. I look forward to coming back here again next year for another Eroica and more of the same beautiful bikes, wonderful scenery, and terrific people. 

Sunday, March 27, 2022

Campagnolo Super Record vs Galli Cranksets

Galli Strada (top), Campagnolo Super Record (bottom)

Galli Strada crankset

Campagnolo Super Record crankset

Back of Galli

Back of Campagnolo

Campagnolo crank arm

Galli crank arm

Campagnolo weigh in - 394 grams drive side

Campagnolo weigh in - 175 crank arm 

Galli weigh in - 430 grams drive side

Galli weigh in - 172 grams - crank arm

Campagnolo has had its share of competitors over the decades, and Galli had a good run from about 1970 through the mid 1980s. I've had several Galli parts over the years; mostly cranksets and brakesets, and they all seemed to work fine. They didn't have the finish that Campagnolo did, but they all functioned admirably. Galli had some fantastic anodized brake levers and calipers in the 1980s that really looked great when paired with the right paint job on your frame. 

Chime in if you've had any experience with Galli parts. Thanks!


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