In what we at Cyclocosm hope to make a regular weekend feature (at least during the off-season), out expert team of analysts will take two similarly-named elements Cycling Culture and Popular Culture and send them into a head-to-head deathmatch from which only one will survive.
This week’s combatants are: Campagnolo and Camp Anawana. Let the games begin!
|Basics:||Italian component manufacturer||Fictional summer camp from “Salute Your Shorts”||Campy; they actually exist|
|Fan Base:||Purists and bike snobs||Nostalgic twenty-somethings||Draw; both groups are equally repulsive|
|Longevity:||72 years and counting||Two seasons (1991-2)||Campy; no contest|
|Known For:||Beautiful, long-lasting componentry||Catchy theme song||Campy; but closer this time|
|Hated For:||Any parts group below Veloce||Instructional Swim||Anawana; instructional swim only sucks for an hour|
|Resident Badass:||Piero Da Rin||Bobby Budnick||Anawana; I still have nightmares about Budnick|
|Impossible Dream:||Electronic shifting||Slip past Ug and enjoy a night on the town||Draw; both are trivial, at best|
|Greatest Failure:||Euclid MTB Group||Romance between Donkeylips and Dina||Campy; at least their failure was interesting|
|Evil Nemisis:||Shimano||Puberty||Campy; even if their fight was easier, they survived|
|Lasting Contribution to Society:||The quick-release skewer||The “Awful Waffle” hazing ritual||Campy; ask anyone who’s ever had a flat|
So there you have it. The storied company from Vincenza proves its worth once again in an easy 6-2 victory over an imaginary summer camp from a short-lived children’s TV show. Let’s hope the folks over at campy realize that SRAM (and possibly FSA) will offer them better sport in the near future.
thoughts on “Bikes vs. The World: Round #1 – Campagnolo vs. Camp Anawana”
I don’t know much about Camp Anawana- but your comments on campy were hilarious. Im a campy snob from way back. I know there’s probably better- but it just ain’t campy! Interested to see how they go for electronic shifting…