I'm a young collector/restorer, i'm 27 years old and got into classic bicycles 4 years ago, it's great to search for components and restore a bicycle from the beginning to the end.
Last year i was at a bicycle meeting in Rotterdam, okay most of the people were older, i think between 40 and 60 years old, but there was also a younger generation from 26 to 35 years old, and they were also interested in vintage racing bicycles, i talked to them and most of them had a kind of artist background (I'm a graphic and audiovisual desiger) I think there are a lot of young people that like the beauty of older bikes, the main problem is that they don't get in contact with them, they don't see the passion of the owners and the stories behind the bikes.
When i look at my friends, they are not realy into bicycles, but when i tell them how i got them, the history, the beauty of framebuilding they are realy interested in it.
I think the problem will solve itself, when they started to build up one classic bike they will become infected.
Arno Volkers eindhovenlaan 3 5224 VG Den Bosch The Netherlands
>From: "Angel Garcia" <email@example.com>
>To: "CLASSIC RENDEZVOUS" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: [CR]Saving Bikes for Future Generations
>Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2006 17:07:46 -0500
>So, how are these bikes being saved for future generations? I BELIEVE that
>the majority of CR members are older (I'm one). So, what's the big picture?
>Do you plan to pass these bikes along to a family member, are they going to
>be sold for a profit, passed on/sold to a like minded younger person? Has
>anyone established a bike dedicated museum of note where bikes can be
>donated? Brian's note below and the link to the velostuf 1959 track Cinelli
>brought the subject to mind.
>On 11/11/06, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>I've noticed within the past week or so some of my good friends here
>>in SoCal have made MAJOR scores of really pristine original condition
>>classic bikes; the ones that many of us lust after. My belief is that
>>these things happen most often to those with really good bike Karma.
>>Those with genuine respect for preserving for all of us, and future
>>generations, the beauty and character of these classic steel steeds.
>>Congratulations to you guys. Keep the good Karma rolling!
>>La Mesa, CA