Art Link questioned the list members being a bit Ga-Ga over replicas. I
heartily agree. Replicas are mostly appropriate, in my mind, when purely
decorative. Obviously we can't all afford a Van Gogh but if we love his
work enough, one can still stay within the realm of good taste and hang a
replica on their wall. Anyone with any sense entering the room will
realize that it is a replica. No one with any sense would try and pass it
off as anything else, unless there is a bit of criminal intent, which for
the purposes of this discussion, we can surely dispense with.
These replicas of the 3V bikes are available in sizes...that may be a
powerful incentive to some. However, it is not all that difficult to find
good ones...real ones. At nearly $1800 for the replica frames one can ask
what other great new frames are available for that price, but the fact
remains that a complete vintage 3V rarely (ever?) sells for that much.
Not to brag (well, maybe a little bit...), but I honestly feel I probably
own the premium one in the entire world and I paid several hundred dollars
less than that for my frame, in as new condition, from one of the world's
most knowledgeable bike collectors (Sidestepping naming Dale here for fear
of being chewed out for an attaboy...God knows I never bend any rules...Dale
loves the C Record I put on it, too, he has reluctantly admitted).
I would say a dynamite original frame could be had for $1000 or more beneath
the price of a reproduction...why bother? Maybe to get a difficult
size...maybe if you are only a very casually interested rider who is not a
serious collector. Does this criteria fit the membership of this list?
Not in my mind!
It is always interesting to see what is out there that is related to classic
bikes, but let us keep in mind what is really important here.