Re: [CR]Vintage Bikes Most Desired.

Example: Framebuilding

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Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 23:16:19 -0700
From: "joel metz, ifbma/sfbma" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Vintage Bikes Most Desired.

>The older I get the more I prize and covet originality in bicycles. I'm
>sure some may wonder why I don't get some of my "rougher" bikes
>repainted though. Maybe it's an acquired taste not shared by everyone?

youre not the only one, chuck....

heck, ive always preferred a blemished (even severely, sometimes) original finish to a perfect restoration... for me, i liken it to erasing the bikes memory or something - washing it clean of the stories it has to tell... when it comes to parts, im the same way... cosmetic dings and scratches add "character"...

at the same time, i can understand the desire to restore to "as new" condition (or as close to it as possible) - its just not *my* style...

but then, ive kinda got a soft spot for anything with a "used" or "aged" look... crisp newness never did it for me... i like my furniture dinged, my dishware chipped, and clothes broken in... :)


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