IMPURE BIKE THOUGHTS, PART I: CHAINSETS

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I, like most people, have slightly naughty thoughts about various things. Most of my thoughts involve ladies, but amongst these desires there is a liberal smattering of bike related paraphernalia. Thankfully for my long suffering wife I’ve not tried to combine the two. Yet.

Shimano XTR 2011…AINT NUTHIN WRONG WITH A LITTLE BUMP N GRIND.

I, like most people, have slightly naughty thoughts about various things. Most of my thoughts involve ladies, but amongst these desires there is a liberal smattering of bike related paraphernalia. Thankfully for my long suffering wife I’ve not tried to combine the two. Yet.

Chainsets have natural impure thought appeal. They are round. They are shiny. They are smooth, strong, but languidly curvaceous.
I’m a design freak, sorry. I get off on this.

Campagnolo Croce D'Aune cranks
Campagnolo Record Croce D’Aune….DIRRRRTY

Inevitably I am a Campagnolo cranks fan. Nobody (not wanting to start a groupset preference WWIII here, but sorry, nobody…) but Campag do cranks quite so beautiful.

But not just any old Campag. No paint or funny finishes (what is going on with Black Record??). Shiny alloy or untainted carbon only. I have a bit of a thing for late Eighties/early Nineties stuff. This may be because it was a period of sexual awakening for a teenage me. Or it is more likely that that was when I was racing properly, and that’s what I saw the pros rode and I couldn’t afford it.

Race Face Deus XC silver cranks
Race Face Deus XC…OOOoooOO MATRON!

I am in danger of starting a chainset collection. I don’t really do collecting, but they’re so damn purdy. Am I alone in thinking this?

4 thoughts on “IMPURE BIKE THOUGHTS, PART I: CHAINSETS”

  1. I like late 80s/ early 90s Dura Ace. When everyone else was going aero crazy, Shimano came up with something so classic it looked like it was from the 60s.

    The whole groupset, in fact, was beautiful. After that it became all curvy and bulked up and lost those classic lines.

  2. Oh no sir, you are not alone. It is indeed a bike part that garners much admiration.

    My current collection does includes a Race Face Deus XC, albeit a black, 2010 edition. There’s also a set of Rotor 3Ds, and a powermeter-based new edition is on the way for the Baum which isn’t quite on the market yet…

    Hubba hubba… or should that be ‘cranka cranka’… sorry.

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