I am hesitant to contribute to this thread since it's entirely personal preference but yes, I am "real" CR List rider I suppose. I ride one of 14 CR List (well not really because I will never ever agree to the "cut-off" date of 1983, it should be 1986). But I concede the point. But yes, I ride only lugged steel. And yes I don't think the CR List should be concerned only with the bikes but the kit and the look as well. I wear only wool jereys and shorts, leather cycling shoes, white socks, mesh and leather cycling gloves, toeclips, Ray-Bans and will never, ever wear a helmet. Ever. The Cirque rides in fact mandate wearing one. No thanks. You'll never see me on on because of it. Never. I hate the whole concept of helmets, the look of them. Hate them. On a classic racing bike. Never. Ever. I'd rather lie in a coma for 45 years. Cotton caps. Only. And visor down I think. I am too old to wear it up or reversed. And even if I adore anything about 1970s cycling, I can't get into the "puffed up" wearing of cycling caps that was so cool then. But modern kit on a classic bike, I'd rather stay at home. Does that make me more "real" or "better".. nope. It's just my thing. I have 14 CR List bikes but something like 43 jerseys and 23 caps to go with them. And that's just me. Wear and ride what you like. And I'll do the same and we'll be Jake.
Oh, but I would love to find a good condition Peugeot PY-10 FC c. 1983 in my size. It's carbon fibre but it's still French, all French and it's hot as hell. When that stops being the main reason for wanting a bike at age 51 as it was aged 14, I am getting out of this in a heartbeat.
Washington DC USA