[CR] Was unheard of beautiful Italian bikes...now unheard of makers all over

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From: Tom Sanders <tsan7759142@sbcglobal.net>
To: <classicrendezvous@bikelist.org>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 15:36:33 -0400
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Subject: [CR] Was unheard of beautiful Italian bikes...now unheard of makers all over

It seems there are small esoteric shops all over building small amounts of quality products that fall well below the eye even of most collectors.
   In this country we had (and have) folks like Chris Pauley, Michael Celmins, Rich Gangl, Dave Bohm, Peter Mooney, Mark Nobilette, Richard Moon, and a host of others who are certainly not well known, a couple of these guys would not even be known to many on this list. All have produced bikes of exquisite quality...some still are. I recently discovered some similar folks in Great Britain that I had not heard of until last year...Rotrax and Carpenter, for example, who were just great. To me this is just exactly what the excitement of collecting is all about. Not to denigrate them, but just about anyone can get their hands on a Colnago or Raleigh or even a Cinelli SC...show me a Chris Pauley or Richard Moon in my size and I am riveted... Every time I go on impulse and buy a bike not made by one of these great one man shops, I end up wishing I had saved my money for something more like a Doug Fattic bike... Ain't it grand that we have all these differing tastes? Imagine if we all liked the same thing...only Bill Gates would be able to afford it! Life is good... Tom Sanders Lansing, Mi USA