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Campagnolo servicing / LBS in Herts

G.manG.man Posts: 22
edited April 2016 in Road general
Hi,

I want to find out if there is someone or bike shop relatively local to me that is experienced in servicing campagnolo groupsets (specifically Chorus 11 2015 mechanical). I have rung a few in my area but they seem relunctant to carry out the service, and I'm constantly being told....'we can service shimano mechanical or di2 no problem'.

There must be someone out there in Hertfordshire? any recommndations.

Thanks Graham

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  • VslowpaceVslowpace Posts: 189
    If it's not too far I'd head up to Twenty3C in Stony Stratford or I think Stripes bikes in Woburn Sands has a campag expert as well.
  • AK_jnrAK_jnr Posts: 717
    Out of interest why would you need a specialist mechanic for a generic groupset or am I missing something?
  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,824
    Shimano places don't stock the special Campagnolo snake oil required to lubricate the components.
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  • G.manG.man Posts: 22
    AK_jnr wrote:
    Out of interest why would you need a specialist mechanic for a generic groupset or am I missing something?
    I don't know really. My question relates to me not having ever own champagnolo gears and alot of LBS that I have spoken to only really like to claim they are specialists in shimano. I currently have shimnao 105 and am able to carry out some maintenance on this but still like to use LBS for cables and fine tuning. Something I would want someone to do with chorus groupset.
  • G.manG.man Posts: 22
    drlodge wrote:
    Shimano places don't stock the special Campagnolo snake oil required to lubricate the components.
    thanks for this - didn't realise. Is there anything else that I should consider or need to buy for running chorus that is different to shimano?
  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,824
    G.man wrote:
    drlodge wrote:
    Shimano places don't stock the special Campagnolo snake oil required to lubricate the components.
    thanks for this - didn't realise. Is there anything else that I should consider or need to buy for running chorus that is different to shimano?

    I was joking! If you have some level of common sense and are not afraid of learning how to do these tasks, I wouldn't hesitate to give it a go. Things like replacing cables and adjusting gears is really quite straight forward and no different on Campag than Shimano. You will need some Torx fittings (T25, T30), and also a long reach large allen key for the Ultra Torque crank should you want to remove it. Splitting/shortening the chain needs a decent tool, I then fit a KMC quick link which makes life easier.

    For more involved jobs like replacing the crank bearings you'll need more special tools, but don't worry about such jobs yet.
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  • G.manG.man Posts: 22
    drlodge wrote:
    G.man wrote:
    drlodge wrote:
    Shimano places don't stock the special Campagnolo snake oil required to lubricate the components.
    thanks for this - didn't realise. Is there anything else that I should consider or need to buy for running chorus that is different to shimano?

    I was joking! If you have some level of common sense and are not afraid of learning how to do these tasks, I wouldn't hesitate to give it a go. Things like replacing cables and adjusting gears is really quite straight forward and no different on Campag than Shimano. You will need some Torx fittings (T25, T30), and also a long reach large allen key for the Ultra Torque crank should you want to remove it. Splitting/shortening the chain needs a decent tool, I then fit a KMC quick link which makes life easier.

    For more involved jobs like replacing the crank bearings you'll need more special tools, but don't worry about such jobs yet.
    you are obviously a campy guy then? thanks for the advice.
  • drlodgedrlodge Posts: 4,824
    Yep, got Super Record (mechanical) on the Rourke and new Chorus EPS on the Massive Attack. Shoot me a PM if needed.
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  • mpattsmpatts Posts: 1,002
    Vslowpace wrote:
    If it's not too far I'd head up to Twenty3C in Stony Stratford or I think Stripes bikes in Woburn Sands has a campag expert as well.

    JP at stripes is a legend. What he doesn't know about Campag isn't worth knowing. He can be a bit of a traditionalist (read grumpy old censored ) sometimes, but only in relation to when stuff isn't done right.

    As an example, m'daughter and I (me on a 2015 chorus gruppo bike, she on a shimano 24" wheel islabike) popped in. JP's thoughts on the islabike where "My god, that is the ugliest gear lever I've ever seen. And the other one doesn't even match".

    He is right mind!

    this is invaluable:

    http://www.campagnolo.com/UK/en/Shops/find_the_nearest_store[/[url][/url]
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  • G.manG.man Posts: 22
    Vslowpace wrote:
    If it's not too far I'd head up to Twenty3C in Stony Stratford or I think Stripes bikes in Woburn Sands has a campag expert as well.
    That's not too far away. Thanks for the recommendation.
  • G.manG.man Posts: 22
    drlodge wrote:
    Yep, got Super Record (mechanical) on the Rourke and new Chorus EPS on the Massive Attack. Shoot me a PM if needed.
    Thanks for the offer and I might need to pick your brain if I go ahead and purchase new bike with full chorus 11 groupset.
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