[CR]Was: "E-bay Pog. - is it the real deal?".. Now broader thoughts....

Example: Framebuilders:Pino Morroni
From: <OROBOYZ@aol.com>
Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2004 09:40:24 EDT
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]Was: "E-bay Pog. - is it the real deal?".. Now broader thoughts....

In a message dated 6/5/2004 6:47:52 AM Eastern Daylight Time, Norris.Lockley@btopenworld.com writes:

<< .... twenty years on, we will be asking whether in fact these Italian frames were actually the "real deal" i.e. made in Italy. Globalisation will have, already has, changed the sourcing of much that we now buy new. Over here in a Europe that is bursting out eastwards, with the ten new countries just added on, companies in the "old Europe" of the original EEC, are making haste to set up factories in those new European territories, where labour is cheap.

Near my home, in that ancient city of York, a producer of fine chocolates within the city walls, since 1649, has just announced the closure of the plant,, with the loss of around 700 jobs.. all future manufacturing to take place in Poland.

So it came as no surprise yesterday, when I read that the Italian company Nuova Cicli Conti e Ciocc srl Italia has transferred its activities to Poland.

Is that Ciocc.. the real deal? I mean .. is it an Italian one? >>

Thanks Norris, I always enjoy your viewpoint.

I think you have inadvertently hit on the whole purpose of the Classic Rendezvous... It is absolutely true that globalization and the modern effort is pushing society to make things we use as cheaply and anonymously as possible. Many of us, I think both here in the States and around the world, are trying to focus on and proclaim the value of bicycles made by people, identifiable people, who actually made things by their own hand!

People like you, Norris! I feel I know you a bit through this list and I think if you and I walked through a modern shopping mall, we would be hard pressed to find much of anything we could say was made by a particular identifiable individual person or group, that object in some way reflecting the skill or handwork unique to that group. On the other hand, I could own a bicycle frame that you yourself made, with your years of involvement with the craft, experience and presumable care in construction. You could tell me, "See that seat stay top eye? I like to file the tip just that way..."

I think I am safe in saying that the CR members do not necessarily place value in cheapness, speed of manufacture, lightness, flash, advertising promotion, availability, sponsored riders, but instead we "put our money on" on craft, individualism, heritage, relationship with the company or builder, style, finesse, yes, even art! This is becoming harder to identify in our modern world, and while we are forced to live in it, we can still take a few moments of our harried to look back and hopefully a few more moments to support the "carriers of the flame."


Dale Brown
Greensboro, NC