Uh, just three words come to mind here: wrong, wrong, wrong! Ask any metallurgist.
This is another bicycle myth frequently perpetuated by those wanting to sell the latest equipment. I will take all of your old, mint-condition "soft" vintage steel frames that you might care to send me postage pre-paid!
Greg Parker A2 MI USA
Stevan T. wrote (in part):
> 1) Frames have a working life. Better frames last longer, but will
> go soft if ridden hard enough by a strong enough rider. How many miles are
> that old puppy and do you want to put it "past it's prime" by riding it to
> death? At a certain point, old horses are put out to pasture. Doesn't mean
> you can't ride them, just not in the Kentucky Derby.