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.
|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.