Re: [CR]Competition GS Path Proving


Example: Humor:John Pergolizzi

From: <raleighpro@dejazzd.com>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Subject: Re: [CR]Competition GS Path Proving
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2004 21:26:03 -0500


Peter, I have a Competition GS and I think I prefer it to the Pro. I think The Comp GS is a little under appreciated, probably because of the Gran Sport parts. The only Camp. GS part on mine is the headset. Built with all Record parts one wonders why you need anything "better".


> From: "P.C. Kohler" <kohl57@starpower.net>
> The Comp GS was the last new and really successful lightweight built in
> Nottingham; it seems like yesterday when I saw my first one in autumn '78 at
> Cycles & Sports here in Washington.
>
> This is just a wonderful machine.. now I know it elicits chuckles if not
> sneers from the cognoscenti with their handbuilt trophy bikes, but the Comp
> GS is just a little pocket rocket. A thoroughly gratifying combination of
> Italianite frame geometry, choice components and British road handling and
> finish... yes the Brits could make a nice bike in the late '70s. Honest.
>
> And whilst I am not selling my Sturmey Archer shares, I.. well... ok, these
> derailleur things work jolly well. They still look like the inside of a
> pinball machine but ok, so they're light and versitile. So far, I'll side
> with Chuck Schmidt in worshipping at the Campy altar. The Gran Sport shifted
> beautifully even with an amateur like me. Smooth, swift and sure. Of course
> as a hub gear guy used to 3 or at most 4 speeds, I never tried the full
> range of gears... I think I shifted gears three times on varied 20-mile run
> and used maybe three different gears. I mean seriously... how can any of you
> guys ever use all these gears??
>
> And a full credit to my local bike shop (The Bike Shop at District Hardware)
> on this one... she got a thorough overhaul and adjustment yesterday and I
> know I should do everything myself, but when you have the best friends a
> British bike can have a few blocks away, why fool around? This came back as
> perfectly as adjusted and sweet running as any bike on the planet.
>
> So a nice addition to my stable in the end. Best to burn all of the bills
> though and concentrate on the roadracing to come. When the wind dies down.
>
> Peter Kohler
> Washington DC USA