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Dromen
02-19-2012, 12:40 PM
anyone tried/seen one of these?

http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/blog/2010/4/26/the-cambio-corsa-campagnolos-early-masterpiece.html

oliver1850
02-19-2012, 01:24 PM
I doubt I could keep my fingers out of the spokes.

oldpotatoe
02-19-2012, 02:34 PM
anyone tried/seen one of these?

http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/blog/2010/4/26/the-cambio-corsa-campagnolos-early-masterpiece.html

Have one on an Atala I have hanging in the shop. Guy that works for me actually rode it and changed gears...possible, Coppi and Bartoli raced on 'em. When compared to a flipflop hub of the time, this was the 'ERGO' of shifting.

sg8357
02-19-2012, 02:58 PM
anyone tried/seen one of these?

http://davesbikeblog.squarespace.com/blog/2010/4/26/the-cambio-corsa-campagnolos-early-masterpiece.html

Yes, it took me a about 100 yards to make a shift, if you are good like Aldo,
it takes 50 yards. The odd thing is it came out in 1940, 10 years after the Cyclo
derailleur and 3 years after the first TdF that allowed derailleurs.
The advantage was it didn't have the power robbing dual pulleys of a Cyclo or
the single pulley chain tensioner of the Osgear Super Champion.

Polyglot
02-19-2012, 10:54 PM
The odd thing is it came out in 1940, 10 years after the Cyclo
derailleur and 3 years after the first TdF that allowed derailleurs.
The advantage was it didn't have the power robbing dual pulleys of a Cyclo or
the single pulley chain tensioner of the Osgear Super Champion.

You have your history wrong. Campagnolo's first patent for the quick release was applied for in 1930. The patent for the cambio corsa derailleur dates to May of 1933, with sales starting in the same year. The cambio corsa gave a much more secure change than any other existing derailleur of the day, it was also much more robust on the bad roads of the day. It was also a reasonbly quiet system which allowed riders to make a jump more easily and get away.

I have a 1940 Bianchi Folgore and a 1946 Giotto Cinelli with cambio corsa and have owned a variety of other cambio corsa equipped bikes in the past. Before breaking both elbows I was able to shift gears without problems. Today the limited mobility of my elbows makes it somewhat more complex.

If one wanted one, there seems to be quite aa nice bike on ebay right now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/110827455848 Unknown seller but for the rest everything seems OK. The bike has already passed through ebay once without selling