Campagnolo Centaur triple

Discussion in 'Vintage and Classic Bikes' started by woodbutcher, 14 Jan 2018.

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  1. woodbutcher

    woodbutcher Veteran

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    Im interested to know what opinions there are on 50-40-30 chainrings. Do they have a legitimate place on a "vintage" bike or just for old blokes like me who need a bit more help to get up the steep bits ?:bicycle:
     
  2. BalkanExpress

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    Getting up steep bits is “a legitimate place”.

    I see plenty of 1980’s and 90’s road bikes with triples, here’s one I Spotted online this morning.

    https://www.2ememain.be/vélos/vélos/vélos-de-course/carrera-marco-pantani-94-394949122.html
     
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  3. pawl

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    I have a Campag triple 52 42 32 on my old 2003 Giant. Largest rear cog is 28.

    Considering changing to 50 40 30.If I could find a 30 or 32 rear I would lower my gearing considerably.

    Yes I am well into my twilight years and like you need all the help I can get.Triples May be frowned on in some circles , but I am not a proud chap.
     
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  4. Cycleops

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    I shouldn’t worry, if it help you and fits your riding style. The vintage bike police aren’t going to arrest you!
     
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    woodbutcher

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    woodbutcher

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    Excellent, can't abide snobs of any type.... bike related or otherwise !
     
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    woodbutcher

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    I recon l could outrun a vintage bike policeman specially if they were of similar vintage to me. At least l could until a few days ago when lsomething squishy in my left knee went pop !
     
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  8. Ian H

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    Triples have been around for quite a long time (I used 'em long before I was an old fart). There was a vintage tandem sporting a quad set at last year's Semaine Federale.
     
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  9. Specialeyes

    Specialeyes Über Member

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    If it keeps your knees from exploding and the bike on the road, then go for it!
    My little gaspipe Bianchi has a Campagnolo Mirage triple chainset which is a little bit later than the bike, but I think it can carry it off. I also fitted cheaper brakes with suicide levers for Eroica Britannia and, again, no-one arrested me for crimes against cycling. :smile:

    On an aesthetic level, I think a lot of silver triple chainsets look 'light' enough to barely be noticed as triples, though I'm not sure I'd got for a black chainset as they just look more obtrusive.


     
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  10. booze and cake

    booze and cake probably out cycling

    Having a triple and riding up the hills is WAY better than having a double and walking up them. Aesthetics be damned in that situation, bikes look cool being ridden, not being walked:whistle:
     
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    woodbutcher

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    You are absolutely right, l was so busy envying the Bianchi l hardly noticed the triple. So l have just bought a Campagnolo Centaur triple for my build project. So now have the frame and the chainset and thats as far as l have got :smile:
     
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    woodbutcher

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    Im with you all the way on that !
     
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  13. roadrash

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    bollox to what anyone else thinks anyway, if it works for you then go for it :bicycle:
     
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  14. booze and cake

    booze and cake probably out cycling

    Apologies I've not been following, but have you got a new project then?
     
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    woodbutcher

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    I have and its entirely your doing lm happy to report ! It came to me in a flash, having been completely blown away by your "Eddy" project, l need to have
    an ongoing enterprise of my own. Since l haven't done a self "custom"build before and l am not especially knowledgeable about it, l looked for a fairly cheap frame to practice on and found this...
    Now the fun begins, lm in no rush and want to enjoy every step of the way and with luck end up with a bike that l am happy with.
    Oh yes if you have any advice that you wouldn't mind sharing l would be very happy to hear it !
     

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