Re: [CR]Modern vs. old

(Example: Framebuilders:Jack Taylor)

From: <PBridge130@aol.com>
Date: Thu, 3 Mar 2005 11:36:06 EST
Subject: Re: [CR]Modern vs. old
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org


In a message dated 3/3/2005 8:16:38 AM Pacific Standard Time, marcus.e.helman@gm.com writes:

How many of us only own vintage?

If you own both, which do you ride more?

Before I moved to SoCal, I had a 3-5x weekly commute of 25 miles each way. 1/3 of the time, Eisentraut/Super Record with criterium gearing, flat both directions. 2/3 of the time, Merlin Extralight/Ergo, and take the longer, hilly route home. I love the Traut, rode it for tens of thousands of miles, over decades, but the Merlin is a vastly better climber. Vastly. (In fact, as I reflect on the subject, my Medici might feel better than the Traut going uphill.) I toy with the idea of buying some carbon for hilly rides.

Weekend mountain rides, 80+ miles, Merlin. Sunday vintage toodle, 30-50 miles, one or another of the various steel stallions hanging in the garage. If I could only own one bike, it would be the Merlin. Hands down. I own bikes to ride.

Having said all of that, I have to admit to having enormous respect for Jan Heine. He reportedly knocks out brevets and randos on true vintage gear, with style. That's a dedication to the equipment which, for me, is more interesting than the restoration and polishing of garage queens.

I gotta go for a ride.

Peter Bridge
Gary and damp San Diego, CA