[CR]Antique road show and the death of affordable lightweight collecting


To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
From: Bianca Pratorius <biankita@comcast.net>
Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2007 20:35:16 -0400
Subject: [CR]Antique road show and the death of affordable lightweight collecting

Please! That's all we need. Most people are like sheep. If you tell that Cuban Cigars are better, middle aged men will regularly stuff them in their face while skirting the law of the land. If soccer moms hear that monster trucks are more chic, then soon moms will be driving their kids to ballet in eighteen wheelers. There is literally no limit to people's vulnerability to trend and suggestion. I have often wondered why celebrities don't market their turds preserved in resin for posterity and charity. Mention it Mr. Average American today and he'll laugh, and tomorrow he will proudly display one or two on his mantle. Twenty or so Antique Road Shows featuring some expert like Sheldon or Dale lauding the beauty and practicality of hand brazed steel bikes and you won't be able to touch an old Trek for under 5 grand... 50 grand for a Masi and 2 grand for a rusty boat anchor Schwinn Varsity.

I prefer things the way they are. Let the world think I'm ecentric and delusional so I can still buy a set of Modolos for 10 bucks on Ebay.

Garth Libre in Miami Fl USA enjoying his low cost hobby on a rainy day.