[CR]Re: Re: timeline

(Example: Bike Shops:R.E.W. Reynolds)

Date: Thu, 23 Dec 2004 14:22:56 -0500 (EST)
From: <wheelman@nac.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Re: Re: timeline

What puzzles me about this whole topic is the premise. Why should anyone try to bring new blood into the hobby. Are we in it for the pleasure of the hobby or are we advocates of a sort? I belong to several forums and can say that this is the best of them. It does not get cluttered with stray conversations about the latest trend in whole grain bread. I did not get into road bikes till I went through several phases of bicycle collecting. My guess is that many of you had similar evolutionary experiences. Yes, while some are dyed in the wool roadies on this list, I would venture that there are a lot of converts that did not need to be coaxed or cajoled into joining. You either warm up to this hobby or you don't. Like others, I ride many machines in many places and get many questions and comments. That alone seems to do it for me. Some gearhead in artery choking spandex could care less what I have to say about retro bikes. Most of them are into technology, not looking back. Those that are, are welcomed to join the ranks. There is no admission fee, just like mindedness and a love for the hobby. I don't necessarily like the music that my daughter likes and would not try to convince her that my taste are superior or worthy of more attention. I just listen to what I like and she has picked up many of the same tunes without any additional influence on my part.

okay rant over and out

Ray Homiski
Elizabeth, NJ