I for one would not mess with a frame unless it was severely damaged or had no visible paint remaining.
Parts are parts and I don't have a problem with bolt on / bolt off changes as long as the originals were kept for later usage. I do this quite often with stem, handlebar, brake lever, combinations that I swap back and forth. I prefer to replace disposable vintage parts with more easily and less costly alternatives. Pulleys, brake shoes, levers, and hoods are prime examples.
As I have mentioned earlier I have almost completed the refit of a Nagasawa from a vintage parts kit of items from the 1950s-2002 to a modern 1999 Campagnolo 9 Speed kit. I like the idea of being able to swap from vintage to modern occasionally.
Nick "mind over matters" Zatezalo Atlanta,Ga
-----Original Message----- From: "email@example.com" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Dec 29, 2004 4:00 PM To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Subject: [CR]hotrodding, parting out, etcetera
without clear definitions of what these terms really
mean, it's hard to fully discuss them and have strong
opinions - BUT - clearly, the italians did not/do not
share the romance with and nostalgia for the "old stuff".
and, as we know from jan h's many posts, many hand-made
french frames were routinely "updated" by adding braze-ons
and changing rear dropouts, etc. so why is it bad to re-work
frames and/or part out old stuff for new now?
the ebay gios is a prime example; in some posts, the
seller represents the "dark side". has anybody's opinion
veered in the last 24 hours?