There are a lot of good used Campy rings around. Perhaps their chainrings were much harder than others, as were the crankarms. The hardness of the crankarms made them a bit more brittle and led to the famous cracking problems, but harder chainrings would wear out much slower than softer ones.
> Donald Gillies wrote:
> > So the day is approaching very quickly when Nuovo record chainwheels
> > in standard sizes (42-43) (50-54) will be unobtainable in anything
> > other than worn out or destroyed condition.
> > What is your favorite "substitute" for this chainwheel ?? Sugino ??
> > a brand-new TA super-record lookalike ?? Gipiemme or Zeus ?? Will a
> > gran sport (late 70's) chainwheel work ?? Please chime in.
> I have gotta say in all honesty that all the used Campagnolo equipped
> bikes that I have had and all the crank sets I have bought at swap meets
> in Southern California, I have never had one with a worn out chainring.
> Do people actually wear out their Campagnolo 42, 52, and 53
> chainrings??? I've never seen a shortage of used chainrings in good to
> excellent condition. Can the situation be that different 125 miles
> south of me?
> I'd say my favorite substitute for Campagnolo chainrings would be
> Campagnolo chainrings. Do more than a handful of people actually ride
> their bikes enough to wear out their chainrings?
> Chuck Schmidt
> South Pasadena, CA