I ride all my bikes - old and young alike. I cannot truly understand the art and passion of a bike without feeling it under me, on the road, sharing it's own special story. Some get riden more than others, but it's in the quality of the ride, not the quantity, that I understand it's character. I re-invent myself with every ride and enjoy all the diversities of the bikes I own. There is no such thing as a "bad ride".
> why do so many care about this issue and have opinions that
> border on 'holier-than-thou' regarding how another makes his
> choices? whether it's the <bikes should BE ridden> thing or the
> <n.o.s. parts should be USED not COLLECTED> thing, (both
> issues covered as threads dozens of times on this list...), people
> on and off this list have a myriad of reasons for seeking and
> owning the odjects that please them, even if those reasons include
> monetary and commercial tangents.
> knowing about this stuff and examining it and owning it IS also
> <using> it. that is, riding these classic bicycles and using older parts
> for restoration is only one dimension. appreciating it all doesn't HAVE
> to include pedaling it down the road.
> i have a modern bicycle that i like and i wouldn't enjoy my cycling
> as much on a bicycle with less efficient parts, or on one that weighed
> 4 pounds more, or on one that had been used heavily and then rebuilt.
> i've done all that. now i like what i like just because i do. using it,
> me, also means looking at it, thinking about it, and learning from it.
> my reasons aren't better than others expressed on the list but i think
> think their reasons are better than mine and those of like-minded folks.
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