Re: [CR]Vintage fixie, headbadges and track-end-travesties

Example: Racing:Wayne Stetina

Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2007 13:28:25 -0800
From: "John Vu" <>
Subject: Re: [CR]Vintage fixie, headbadges and track-end-travesties
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'In trying to be "different", these people end up being all the same.'

Sadly this applies to so many aspects of young hip culture. Different, just like everyone else!

-- John Huan Vu Los Angeles, Calif.

On 11/24/07, John Betmanis <> wrote:
> At 09:00 AM 24/11/2007 +0000, Julius Naim wrote:
> >I recently took my Sun to be refinished by Mario Vaz as it had been
> >badly painted by myself many years ago, when I went to collect the
> >frame he asked if I wanted the head-badge put back on or not. I
> >couldn't believe he was even asking but apparently most jobs he gets
> >(from those not on this list) are couriers who want a featureless
> >frame, no decals, braze-ons, head badges and, worst of all, track
> >ends fitted.
> I may have a theory on why this is. Back in the 1950s when hotrodding
> became popular in North America, young people would customize their cars by
> removing all chrome trim and emblems and filling the holes. They wanted to
> look "different", not like their parents, who drove cars festooned with
> badges and chrome. Maybe that's what those kids are trying to do today with
> their bikes. The trouble is that a nosed and decked Ford or Chevy still
> retained its heritage, whereas most lugged bikes with no decals or badges
> could be just about anything. In trying to be "different", these people end
> up being all the same.
> John Betmanis
> Woodstock, Ontario
> Canada