Re: [CR]When is a restoration not a restoration?

(Example: Framebuilding:Brazing Technique)

Date: Sat, 2 Jun 2007 12:47:48 -0600
From: "Mitch Harris" <mitch.harris@gmail.com>
To: "Jonathanadamgree@aol.com" <Jonathanadamgree@aol.com>
Subject: Re: [CR]When is a restoration not a restoration?
In-Reply-To: <ce3.11d02430.33930ae3@aol.com>
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Quote: "in my opinion the strict sense of original means original. But if you compare these bikes to a stradivarius or amati violin the line begins to fade. None or very few of those instruments exist in an original state. They were/are modified by other luthiers. It does not seem to decrease value because the instruments may not still exist without help. Maybe comparing frames to old fiddles or old master pieces is incorrect, but it might be in 300-400 more years." __________________________________ I'm enjoying the comparison to violins because the greatest players in the most important concerts are likely to be using them--these older relics seem to out-perform the modern instruments. Think if Lance showed up on the start line on a rare and carefully preserved 40's Urago because he made him more able to win the tour, while the other riders looked on enviously from carbon Treks.

I'm wondering about the issue Jerry brought up because I'm about to have my 1975 Gitane refinished and I'm trying to figure out whether to restore it to original spec. when I bought it new when I was 16. I didn't like the color (what can you say to a 16 year old kid) and I had it repainted soon after I bought it, and also had them cut up the shifter clamp to make braze-on shifter pods for the Huret Jubilee shift levers. Also had him braze on top-of-bracket cable guides. I raced it that way as a teenager, and today it still has the original Huret Jubilee shift levers mounted on the custom-made braze-ons. Should I shop for a Huret shifter clamp and bb-cable guide and have the braze-ons removed, or are these modifications--made my an enthusiastic new racer kid--to be thought of as "original" in the sense of use original?

Mitch Harris Little Rock Canyon, Utah

On 6/2/07, Jonathanadamgree@aol.com <Jonathanadamgree@aol.com> wrote:
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> In a message dated 6/2/2007 1:14:39 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
> jerrymoos@sbcglobal.net writes:
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> So are these originals or restorations? If the same hands finish it a
> second time, is it then again "original"?
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> Jerry,
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> Jonathan Greene
> Oviedo FL
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