Re: [CR]Campy alloy freewheel

(Example: Events:Cirque du Cyclisme:2007)

Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 08:15:54 -0800 (PST)
From: "Tom Dalton" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Campy alloy freewheel
In-Reply-To: <>

A freewheel a day, tens guys per team, maybe twenty three days... let's assume they pay fifty bucks for each freewheel, that's $11,500 worth of hardware. Back then, I think team budgets were maybe a few million a year. To paraphrase Senator Proxmire, "ten thousand here, tenthousand there, suddenly we're talking about a lot of money." Not that they couldn't have afforded to use that stuff, since they probably could get by on a freewheel a week pretty easily, and Campy might well have picked up the tab. I just get the impression that alloy cogs do not help when it comes to being able to swap all wheels among all bikes, as is necessary in that arena.

Tom Dalton

--- Chuck Schmidt wrote:

> Tom Dalton wrote:
> >
> (snip)
> > The question is, did this item ever see use by
> > professional riders when it was current? I would
> bet
> > that it was not considered servicable in that
> > environment where cogs and chains must all be
> > relatively new so that they can be interchanged
> > without concerns over proper meshing.
> I talked with a TdF mechanic in the 1980s and he
> told me they were given
> gratis a crate of Sedis sport chains to use and a
> nice wood box (Service
> Course) with Maillard 700 freewheels and cogs. For
> about a ten year
> span the TdF winner was on Sedis and Maillard
> regardless of the country
> of origin of the bike (France, Italy, England, US).
> They used a new
> chain every day and I guess freewheel too.
> Using a new Campagnolo aluminum alloy freewheel
> every day in the TdF
> would be a small amount of money for a professional
> racing team compared
> to the overall costs of fielding a team.
> Chuck Schmidt
> South Pasadena, California
> (reprints and T-shirts)
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