I agree with Ray's post. Build it, ride it. Eventually we're all dead anyway. What use is it hanging on the wall and then going to your estate?
...Derek Davis, Phoenix
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Edward Albert [mailto:Edward.H.Albert@hofstra.edu]
> Sent: Saturday, October 28, 2006 10:29 AM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: [CR]Re: To build or not to build that is the question
> I know that similar questions have been put to the list before but I
> still find myself in a quandry. I have been fortunate to be the
> recipient of a 1965 Hetchins Europa track bike with straight stays. The
> bike has NEVER been ridden. It has a campy headset and bottom bracket,
> a set of Titan steel track bars and stem (with the paper Titan label
> still attached to the bars) and an inserted Campy seat post and Brooks
> saddle. Although it has a few scratches from banging around my friends
> closet all these years, it has NEVER had wheels mounted on it. No wheel
> marks on the painted dropouts. For all practical purposes it is NOS and
> my size. As I write this I am looking at it hanging from the ceiling of
> my office.....crying out "put wheels on me." But, somehow, I cannot
> bring myself to build the wheels and mark it up with a set of track
> hubs. Do I leave it as it is or do I bite the bullet, mount the wheels,
> mark the dropouts, cancel the NOS status BUT......complete the bike and
> maybe even ride it. To build or not to build...that is the question.
> All help appreciated.
> Edward Albert
> Chappaqua, NY, USA
> Edward Albert, Ph.D.
> Professor Emeritus of Sociology