> I see many folks (like myself!) who live in regions where there are few
> if any vintage buffs or swap meets or sources other than eBay to find
> old parts & bikes.
That's were I find myself as well. Bike swaps here are almost exclusively gas-pipe MTBs, with a smattering of modern, non-ferrous bikes. Few, if any, road bikes, and what there are are thoroughly dismal.
The nearest swap worth considering is two hours distant by car -- the Madison/Cronometro venue, which is very nice but only once a year and often takes place on weekends when I'm working.
Bike clubs here have nice people, but the bikes are almost all gaudy, modern, non-ferrous machines that make funny noises when you shift gears and clip the pedals, festooned with wires and screens and buttons and goodness knows what all. My newest bike (1993) is almost always the oldest bike there.
John "no one to commiserate with" (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Appleton WI USA