Re: [CR]Richie Lugged Masi


Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2003 11:23:47 -0700
From: brian Baylis <rocklube@adnc.com>
To: Angel M Garcia <wa2vuy@mindspring.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]Richie Lugged Masi
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Angel,

I recognized the head logo as some significant building in Milan, but it doesn't tie in with anything else in the graphic design. The down tube lettering doesn't do much for me. Seems more "modern circus clown" than retro classic in any way; but that's just my personal taste. I also miss the multi colored decal graphics of years gone by. The one and two color decals look hasty and unimaginitive compared to the colassic styles of the early 70's. It's not that modern graphics can't look great; but there must be more human creative imput to the designs, or the end up looking like they were computer generated (could that be possible??)

Personally, if one is going to take the "retro" approach I would prefer not to mix "modern looking" graphics with classic looking lugged steel frames. Also, I find the machined one piece brake bridges offensive and lazy on a "fine" lugged steel frame. It wouldn't hurt if they had a little better taste in finishing the plug type seat stay cap also. Cast a nice looking one or spend 5 or 10 minutes to dress that one up; a "squared" looking end looks too unfinished to my eye when a few strokes with a file ( I know; what the HELL is a file???) would make a big difference. Top quality frames are all about the details. I think too many people accept the bikes without really looking carefully to see if the "human touch" is evident in a "Handmade frame" before they pronounce it "Wow, nice bike!" Many don't get past the color scheme or the reasonably flat and glossy clearcoat.

Brian Baylis La Mesa, CA

Angel M Garcia wrote:
> The head tube graphic would appear to be a stylized (?) rendering of the
> Duomo in Milano.
> Photo of Duomo here:
> http://www.vitruvio.ch/arc/medieval/gothic/italy/duomo.htm
>
> Angel Garcia
> Long Valley, NJ
>
> snip:
> ..."very poor graphic design in my view."......
> Brian Baylis
> La Mesa, CA