Re: [CR] Philosophy. Was: ebay outing: gios super record..sad

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From: Donald Gillies <>
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 2004 10:56:04 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Re: [CR] Philosophy. Was: ebay outing: gios super record..sad

1. You can put together a vintage bicycle and ride it. Then it serves a useful purpose.

2. You can restore a vintage bicycle and put it on the wall. Put it somewhere where you will see and enjoy it EVERY DAY. Then it serves a useful purpose - visual enjoyment is enjoyment, after all. Its not my cup of tea, but its not the worst thing you can do either, viz:

3. It is HARMFUL to stockpile vintage parts and grouppos in a drawer somewhere, "just in case" you need them some day. In fact, it encourages others to strip down original bikes and sell off the parts, because the hoarding contributes to a vintage parts shortage.

It would be far better and more friendly to the vintage bicycle market to stock modern replacement parts or generics as riders - where possible - as spares. Nearly all CR sponsors sell these parts.

I know it doesn't make me popular to say this but I believe its the truth.

- Don Gillies
San Diego, CA