[CR]What is Historical, what is not ? Suite.

(Example: Component Manufacturers:Campagnolo)

Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2007 18:45:47 +0200 (CEST)
From: "nick Bordo" <nicbordeaux@yahoo.fr>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]What is Historical, what is not ? Suite.

Well, that is what I call a nice, sensible answer that I can fully agree with. I also learned something (and that's not easy, I have lousy IQ): the documentation of that bike's history, or rather that of those who rode it in historical context, should be a big part of the conservation. I hadn't realized the import of that point. Particularly stupid, as we have first hand "access" to the person, though pulling the worms from her nose (French expresion for obtaining info) is going to be a bigger job than "restoring" the bike.

Nick Bordo, Agen 47000, France

sgshaw@aol.com a écrit : Nick,

Tres provocative and a very cool bike. Clearly, this is an historical bicycle. But that begs the question of what should be done with it. You could 1. Keep it in your garden, 2. Store it as a museum piece, or 3. Restore it to it's original and historical state as much as is possible.

I think I'd opt for restoration, not in the sense of repainting or making significant changes, but restoring as many original parts as possible. Along with that process documenting the history of this bike through photographs, interviews or whatever primary source documents that may be available. The glory of this bike is not so much in the aesthetics of it's construction, but in the heroism of those who rode it. That's got to be part of the restoration process.

Steve Shaw Millbury, MA USA

-----Original Message----- From: nick Bordo <nicbordeaux@yahoo.fr> To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org Sent: Sat, 8 Sep 2007 10:17 am Subject: [CR]What is historical, what is not: another point illustrated...

Having had a fair bit of mail pointing out that I'm being controversial and provocative, I have decided to stick to safe subjects. Like :is a bike historical because it is a TDF winner ? Can other anonymous bikes be historical and worth preserving ? And should they be restored or left alone ?

As usual, I've uploaded some jpegs of a bike with a short comment to http://membres.lycos.fr/partspeekers/ where you have to click on the bottomost link to the left of the page, I think it's called "more trouble".

Nick Bordo, Agen 47000, France

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