[CR]Tangents to the Hetchins thread(s)


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From: Gary Mason <Gmason@swets-farrington.nl>
To: "'classicrendezvous@bikelist.org'" <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2001 10:57:17 +0100
Subject: [CR]Tangents to the Hetchins thread(s)

I have always thought myself to be a purist about many things (others refer to the trait as 'anal retentiveness', but there it is). So I find this set of exchanges very interesting.

To me, there is purity of name and purity of product. Two different things, albeit related. The name part is easy: once the original person - or direct lineage that participated - is gone, the name no longer has the same cachet. Sometimes (to me) that is worth something. The lineage of humans is different, and more difficult. My new bike is made by an almost retired third generation owner of the same shop. So there are many years of the same heritage in it. That is not why I bought it, but never mind that, it feels comfortable.

I came to this list originally looking for Maserati bicycles. I found a lot of help - thanks to all. And they do exist. That was a name thing, as I never thought the original Maserati people built bikes. But it was a nice tie to another interest. I must say, however, that since they do not even use the famous trident mark, they have lost a lot of lustre for me. I may still have one someday, but in part, the initial thrill is gone. Perhaps a Fiorelli Coppi?

I own an original George Washington axe - possibly the one he used to chop down the cherry tree. About five years ago, I had to replace the handle. Just this year, I replaced the head.

Lastly, I have seen the name written as "David Millar" and "David Miller". Which is it? And if it is Millar, it is not the elite class racer of the same name, is it?

Cheers...Gary