Re: [CR]Big time quandary

Example: Framebuilders:Rene Herse

Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 18:43:02 +0200
From: Freek Faro <>
To: Steve Goodwin <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Big time quandary
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Display or ride the 50th group, while you still have it in original box? That's easy! Display, but only for paying visitors! There is no diference between riding a well used Record group (like everyone has) or the Anniversary group anyway. Unless you're the 'look sideways in the shop window' kind of rider. Then you might, but only MIGHT, spot the diference. Keep your eyes on the road, is what I say. Freek (no shop windows in the polder) Faro Rotterdam Netherlands

2005/10/16, Steve Goodwin <>:
> 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 ye t,
> 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 neve r
> 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 <> 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?



> Steve Leitgen

> La Crosse, WI