[CR]Time(line)ly Considerations

(Example: History)

From: "ternst" <ternst1@cox.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Tue, 21 Dec 2004 21:02:12 -0800
Subject: [CR]Time(line)ly Considerations

Hello all: And a happy wish for you all to any and every persuasion that gives you solace, pleasure, and the strength to keep looking for those neato bicycle parts.

A thought to ponder: Much has been debated and discussed re: The timeline. Remember the old capatalistic adage, "Grow Or Die"?

I would like your thoughts and comments about having a sliding scale of age vs. style or construction of bicycles. Maybe an age of 25 or 30 years may be in order. If the age is not able to keep in a reasonable time frame the old stuff will be ancient and it'll be in accumulation / collection depots and no one will be able to afford it, and then we limit the members to such an exclusivity and elitist group that it implodes.

IMHO the flame must be carried from generation to generation, and the mechanism should be put into place. Today's younger people, collector's of tomorrow, don't know a world without computers, dvd's, unjammed freeways, etc. How will they know the real old bikes, nail on cleats, leather chamois shorts, 5-sp clusters, toe clips and straps, one inch pitch, etc., except in some digital repro foto?

Let's bring a younger group and newer tech construction into the fold, they'll collect their generational stuff and then branch into older and build bridges connecting the vintages.

All bikes are collectible to someone or other. We can include and grow or exclude and wither.

Comments? Is there a Board of Regents that would take this for a tour around the block after the august members of the CR hopefully enter into some timely and lively consideration and discussion?

Ted Ernst
Palos Verdes Estates
CA 90274