[CR]Re: NY Times story on (slightly) pricey bicycles

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Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2006 18:01:48 -0800 (PST)
From: "Fred Rafael Rednor" <fred_rednor@yahoo.com>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <20061114005347.9777.qmail@web82214.mail.mud.yahoo.com>
Subject: [CR]Re: NY Times story on (slightly) pricey bicycles

I wouldn't buy one of these new, super expensive bicycles, but you need to consider that many of the bicycles loved by members of this list were once considered unnecessarily ostentatios and expensive. You could actually say the same thing about a fair number of KOF bicycles with ultra-fancy lug work.

Also, there seems to be some sentiment that none of these bicycles will be considered classic in 30 years. That's debatable - but there really is no way to predict which ones will achieve that status. Anyway, why all the rancor towards the buyers of these bikes. I often see people driving to the office at 55mph in Ferraris, Porshes and even Astin-Martins. Clearly the drivers rarely - if ever - go faster than I do in a Subaru. But they don't seem to engender the same ire that has been expressed towards the owners of these bicycles. Is owning a pair of $10,000 bicycles any more rediculous that owning 20 $1000 bicycles? Is it a crime to own a replica of Eddie Merckx's hour record bike if you can only ride 20 miles in an hour?
      Stay cool my friends,
      Fred Rednor - Arlington, Virginia (USA)

--- Jerome & Elizabeth Moos wrote:

> You just reminded me why I hate much of the "modern" bike
> scene. One comforting thought is that I don't think anyone
> will ever sell a $23,000 bike here in a small town in West
> Texas. Or $2,300. Most people here would consider a $230
> bike extravagant.
> Regards,
> Jerry Moos
> Big Spring, small town, West Texas
> Ken Bensinger <kenbensinger@gmail.com> wrote:
> All,
> I'm surprised this didn't come up earlier (if it did, I
> missed it). A story
> from last week's New York Times answers the question about
> what type of fine
> spirits to be drinking while getting fitted for a $23,000
> bike. Somehow I
> get the feeling that none of these guys could even change out
> a flat tire,
> much less appreciate the performance advantages of something
> like titanium
> or $5,000 wheels.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/09/fashion/09Fitness.html?ei=5070&en=49e189c252ac09ea&ex=1164085200&adxnnl=1&emc=eta1&adxnnlx=1163445357-xRYfGSkiWv9SsW2H1m294w
> Anyhow, enjoy.
> Ken Bensinger
> Brooklyn, NY

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