Re: [CR]Vintage Bike Collecting as a Political Statement


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Date: Thu, 1 May 2008 11:18:53 -0700
From: "mike scammon" <mike@scammoncycles.com>
To: "Mark Petry" <mark@petry.org>
Subject: Re: [CR]Vintage Bike Collecting as a Political Statement
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On Thu, May 1, 2008 at 11:08 AM, Mark Petry <mark@petry.org> wrote:
> Angel, great comment. I'd like to find that book. "Personal Mastery" by
> Michael Polanyi makes some similar points.

This is great. I'd be interested in more books on this topic. So, any recommendations aside from the ones already mentioned would be appreciated.

cheers

-m
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> The other comment I'd make is that the whole phenomenon of creating what
> have become our (on-topic) vintage bikes required not much more than
> blacksmithing tools (saw, files, torch) - in short, old world
> craftsmanship
> that could be set up in any barn, assuming sufficient skill in the hands
> of
> the builder.
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> Modern bikes made of tig welded titanium or autoclaved carbon fiber imply
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> larger and more sophisticated industrial base supplying pre-preg fabric,
> tooling, etc - FAR more than you could do with 19th century workshop
> methods.
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> Nothing wrong with that, of course. However, most modern bikes are
> spewed
> out of factories in China using conscripts on forced labour and shipped en
> masse to markets with armies of ready consumers - a case study in
> globalization, just another "product" to be used a couple times and
> discarded in favor of the next gizmo that comes along.
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