--- Thomas Rawson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> 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.)
Learning slowly in a cooler Los Angeles