I have not seen anybody on this list say that new bikes are junk (but I don't read every message!). The original question was whether new bikes were better and faster than older bikes. By saying they are not, one does not say they are worse or slower. They might just be the same.
Of course, as has been pointed out, one has to define "old." There
have been distinct improvements since the days when there were no
bikes at all. Any bike probably is faster than walking! But this
undisputable fact does not mean that the latest Japanese oversize BB
spindle with outboard bearings will make an impact on how fast you
get from A to B, compared to the "horribly outdated" design that a
certain Italian manufacturer continues to peddle.
Jan Heine, Seattle
Vintage Bicycle Quarterly
>"Enjoy and ride old bikes and new bikes and let's move off this idea
>that "only our old bikes are cool" and "modern bikes are soul-less
>u r my hero.