Don Rogers wrote:
>During much puffing of chest feathers and blast-furnace flames,
>And is it also remotely possible that fine modern framebuilders,
>whether artist, craftsman, or artisan, care most about creating a
>legacy of excellent artifacts with their own hands, and choose to make
>them approachable to as many people as fair pricing allows, rather
>than to turn Sycophant and market to the abhorrently wealthy?
> Isn't that what we used to call 'Pop Art'?
My Father used to tell me that when he was young a Bianchi was a luxury item. Also, cycling was considered a bourgeois excercise to be condemned by the marxists, and it was indeed so over here (ref.: La Bici e il Sol dell'Avvenire, which I passed to Benjamin Maso).
Thanks God bikes are so cheap nowadays. That's why I have managed to collect quite a few such vintage beauties (still counting!); e simply not fashionable over here and won't be, hopefully, for a good while.