May I please ad this to e-richie's comments (below)? If I did not believe that I really did have the best "tool for the job", I don't think I would ride it. If I thought a Seven this or a Calfee that were a better bike, for racing or whatever, I'd own one. Beauty really is more than skin deep. There are few things in life one (I) can afford to own that one can call the "best". For many of us a bicycle affords us this opportunity. If I find a better bike than the lugged steel one that is mine, I'll trade up. Richard Rose (Toledo, Ohio)
> earlier this evening, offlist-by a pal, it was suggested that
> i was being too vigilant in my stance re some of today's
> threads. see the archives if you missed this. regardless,
> these 'things' mean alot to me. i replied to my pal, and
> followed up afterwards to ask his permission to post
> that email to the group, minus his initial remarks.
> that text follows.
> many thanks for indulging me.
> If you put it that way-FINE!!!-i'll keep my thoughts
> to myself. But if you're serious, you're kinda asking me
> to roll over and play dead. No-you're asking me to roll
> over and die!!! Read my lips-I think, and I say as much-
> that we all live outside the lines. So what if the industry
> and the market does one thing. Are you asking me to believe
> that what I do is not as good as the average 'modern'
> bicycle because it doesn't represent the typical 2003 model?
> If that's the case, and if I believed it, there'd be no reason
> to come in to work everyday.
> Laugh if you will, but I continue to ply at this because
> I think it's the best possible method. And if that weight
> 'issue' pops up again i'm just gonna go to the window
> and do a Howard Beel kinda' thing. (Note: a reference
> to the film, 'Network').
> More than anything, ALL of this reminds me of the scene
> at the beginning of the film 'Sunset Boulevard' when actors
> William Holden and Gloria Swanson meet with this exchange:
> JOE GILLES- "You're Norma Desmond, you used to be in pictures.
> You used to be big."
> NORMA- "I am big, it's the pictures that got small."
> So that's how I feel. I have no guilt about airing this
> publicly. I might have felt better had I not had to
> spell it out.