Display or ride? My advice always comes down on the side of ride rather than display. I should qualify that by adding that I definitely do not have a "collectors" mindset, though like many list members, have accumulated a respectable collection over the years...
To me, there is much more enjoyment to be had by actually using these beautiful items, as opposed to looking at them and drooling. (Or worse yet, packing them away to collect dust in a cabinet where they never see the light of day.) I always think how sad it would be to reach an age when I can no longer ride, and yet still have pristine "virgin" components that never realized their potential by being put to their intended use.
On the other hand, there is always the "Indiana Jones" argument... bury them in the sand for a thousand years and they become unimaginably valuable...
To collect or to ride... I always tell myself to "shut up and ride yer bike"...
Steve Goodwin Westford, MA
Steve Leitgen <email@example.com> wrote: I am a firm believer that that classic old machine should be on the road. I've got two that are near assembled. A 77 Trek 700 531 frame returned to the form it was when I assembled it in 1979(Campy record throughout with an Avocet triple) and a Columbus SL frame (my first) set up with mostly DA EX.
I have Campy 50th #156 in the box. (No it's not for sale, bought it in 84) If I sell the set, it will probably remain in the box as a collector set. If I keep it in the box it collects dust in my collection. My basic instinct is to build it and ride it. It's kinda valuable to do that. But Oh, the beauty of those pieces.
So what should I do? Display or ride?
La Crosse, WI