[CR]Discovering Why Good Parts Are Good


Example: Racing
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 15:26:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: "Paulie Davis" <paulieflt@yahoo.com>
To: Classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
In-Reply-To: <01c101c130c8$e4e219e0$7542510c@gateway>
Subject: [CR]Discovering Why Good Parts Are Good

--- Thomas Rawson <twrawson@worldnet.att.net> wrote:
> But old stuff that is truly good is truly worth lusting for. New stuff that is good is the future collectible - with any luck - and a steady hand at the helm - so supporting that is important too.

As a total newbie, it has been interesting for me to see why good parts are so important. A freebie Raleigh ("Wow! A Raleigh!") mixte I found leaning against a hedge two weeks ago on trash morning quickly revealed why it *very much* wasn't a collectible when I started to repair it.

The wierd stamped brakes wouldn't *adjust* and I could not see how they ever could have been made to work very well actually. The crank looked kinda like a cottered crank, but it wasn't. The hubs were wierd. And the more I looked, the less I liked and the more I learned why I didn't like what I didn't like. (Before, starting out, I had only worked with Campagnolo, Suntour and Shimano. And, no, I don't wanna talk about the Huret derailleur.)

Paulie Davis
Learning slowly in a cooler Los Angeles