> Brian, I truly respect your opinion and for the most part I agree with you,
> but I do believe there are some unaddressed shades of gray here.
> I am one of those folks who feels sadness and anger when I see a clean
> all-original classic parted out. I am one of those folks who loves the ride of steel
> and the visual appeal of a lugged frame. But I am also one of those folks
> who loves new components, at least on my everyday rider...
I like the new components -- those that I've ridden -- but still ride my "vintage" kit because I can't really afford the new components I like. I bought top-of-the-line stuff 20-25 years ago and it still hasn't worn out, so why replace it? :-)
The newest bike in my stable is a Trek mountain bike I bought for my daughter last year. After that is a frame I built about 12 years ago and fitted with older components from my parts boxes.
On group rides in this area, I almost always am riding the oldest bike in the group. There's no "vintage ride" group here, and some of the more racer-oriented groups are downright snotty about older bikes at times.
Appleton WI USA