[CR]On originality in judging shows

(Example: Framebuilders:Norman Taylor)

From: "Michael Allison" <cyclo_one@verizon.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: [CR]On originality in judging shows
Date: Thu, 3 Jul 2008 17:10:37 -0400
cc: Tom Sanders <tesanders@comcast.net>

I'm with Tom on this one: Show bikes and riders. Why not both categories? I'm not a collector at heart, I just have a few (well, three) old bikes that are part of my cycling history. My favorite is my 1962 Masi Special which I maintained for many years as an all original show bike. But that had a down side because I didn't ride it. The Universal brakes didn't stop well, the Fiamme rims were too soft for New York's boomed-out streets, the gearing was too high for this guy who's getting older, and the toe straps and clips hurt my feet. I finally changed out those offending components and now I ride the bike at least twice a week. Despite the upgrades, I think my Masi should be judged with the best.

Michael Allison
New York, NY