Hi Jay and List:
I am responding to your request for thoughts on vintage rides.
As far as I'm concerned, and I hold to that believe when I organize rides, these rides are excuses to hang-out, a chance to ride your old bike, admire other's old bikes and in general, meet some other like minded individuals. These rides should be fairly flat, not too long (less than 30 miles), fair weather only, no drop, no hammer with plenty of stops and some kind of coffee/lunch break at the end where every one can socialize and check out each others bikes. I strongly believe in this and I found that to be the most enjoyable to me and most others that come out to these rides. I love looking at someone else's bikes and I especially admire someone that makes the effort to bring something different and interesting. For this reason, I always try to prepare and bring something that I think someone else would enjoy looking at. Sometimes this would mean that I would spend many hours the week before to get the particular bike ready which could be swapping on a more appropriate part, some extra cleaning etc. The bikes I have are not particularly special and I do not have any "WOW" bikes but in my own little way, I try to do what I can to make these rides more enjoyable based on my believe above. There are many other opportunities to ride in the rain, try to drop your buddies, hammer your brains out, ride your disposable modern bikes, etc. Please don't do it on one of the vintage rides and especially not on one of mine.
Maybe we can do a joint Silicon Valley, Sonoma County ride sometime.
Foster City, CA