[CR]Now:Old & New Was:Intro

Example: Framebuilders:Rene Herse

Date: Fri, 17 May 2002 23:12:08 -0700
From: Chuck Schmidt <chuckschmidt@earthlink.net>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
References: <3CE5D173.7090009@nonlintec.com>
Subject: [CR]Now:Old & New Was:Intro

Steve Maas wrote:
> (cut)
> The contrast between old bikes and modern ones is more than just the
> technological one; it's a fundamental difference in style and
> purpose. Today's bicycles and components are designed around a
> "coolness" standard, intended to appeal to guys in their mid-20s who are
> unperturbed by big credit-card balances. Old bikes get their value from
> true beauty, elegant design, and their lessons about our history and
> place in society.

To me this sounds like something that might have been said at any period in the last 100 years (other than references to coolness and credit cards).

At any period, the current bicycle of that time was cutting edge for that period. When I'm riding one of my old racing bikes I like to point out to other riders that the bike they perceive as an old crock was cutting edge and state of the art for its time. But I would hope that this list is not all about living in the past. Change is good!

Chuck Schmidt
South Pasadena, Southern California