Vintage Campagnolo Toe Clips Review

Campagnolo Superleggeri Toe Clips
Campagnolo Superleggeri Toe Clips

History

Campagnolo toe clips first appeared in the 1982 Campagnolo Olympic catalogue in both steel & alloy versions. At that time they were sold as an accessory product and not included as part of their group sets. It wasn’t until their 1984 catalogue that the lightweight alloy toe clips were included as part of their Super Record group set. Interestingly though, toe clips were not included in their lower tier group sets at that time.

Steel vs Alloy Toe Clips

Campagnolo manufactured toe clips in 2 versions, chrome steel or aluminium alloy. The steel version offered superior strength, whilst the alloy version was super light (superleggeri). Here is table showing the claimed weights of each sourced from the 1982 Campagnolo Olympic catalogue.

Size
Small
Medium
Large

Weight (Steel)
32 grams
36 grams
40 grams

Weight (Alloy)
12 grams
13.4 grams
14.8 grams

Campagnolo Steel Toe Clips
Campagnolo Steel Toe Clips

Toe Clip Sizing

Campagnolo Superleggeri Toe Clip Size
Campagnolo Superleggeri Toe Clip Size
Stamped on the underside

According to the 1984 Campagnolo catalogue, toe clips were sold in only 3 sizes; Small, Medium & Large. You can see in the above photo that the size was stamped on the underside of the toe clip. Whilst there are no measurements shown in the catalogues, after searching the internet, I have found a generic size chart for toe clips:

Small
Medium
Large

US 6-8.5 / UK 5-8 / EURO 36-39
US 8.5-10 / UK 7.5-9 / EURO 39-41
US 10-12 / UK 9 – 11 / EURO 41-45

In comparison, I own a pair of Christophe alloy toe clips and they were available in only 2 sizes: Small/Medium (C version) or Large/Extra Large (S version). Here is the measurement specification for their toe clip sizing as an additional reference.

Christophe Toe Clips Sizing Chart
Christophe Toe Clips Sizing Chart

Campagnolo 50th Anniversary Toe Clips

Campagnolo 50th Anniversary Toe Clips
Campagnolo 50th Anniversary Toe Clips in Chrome Steel

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Campagnolo in 1983, they created a limitied edition version of the Super Record group set.

Interestingly, Campagnolo decided to include a specially stamped version of their chrome steel toe clips in this anniversary group set, rather than the alloy toe clips which were traditionally included in the Super Record group.

Super Record Component Weight

I have weighed a set of Super Record components and quite surprisingly, these vintage parts compares quite favourably against the weight of a modern Campagnolo Super Record group set.

Learn more about Campagnolo Super Record

This article is just a small part of my full review of Campagnolo Super Record groupset.

Disclaimer!

Please remember that this information is only to be used as a guide.
I consider myself an enthusiast, not an expert. The information I have presented in this article is based on my many hours of online research.

Whilst I enjoy working on my own bikes, I am not a qualified bicycle mechanic. The content of this article is purely illustrative and does not constitute professional advice. For your own safety, any type of work should only be undertaken by a qualified bicycle mechanic. Incorrect assembly of parts could result in equipment damage, personal injury or death.

About Me.

I have been riding and working on my own bikes for many years now. I wanted to share my experiences, knowledge and research with others. My aim is to inspire people to get involved in all aspects of this amazing sport. Cheers.

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