[CR]Re: What's old is new


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From: "=?iso-8859-1?Q?Emily=20O'Brien?=" <emilyonwheels@emilysdomain.org>
To: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Date: Wed, 27 Feb 2008 04:41:48 +0000
Subject: [CR]Re: What's old is new

I think the trend toward these classic-styled road-intended fixed/singlespeed bikes is great. It means that there are now all these choices for decent quality, reasonably light bikes sensibly equipped for a wide variety of uses (commuting in particular) available at a much lower pricepoint than was previously the case. I met a guy on PBP who rode a singlespeed Bianchi San Jose, which I have to admit was a very attractive bike even aside from the fact that it retails for something like $600. It was a really pretty color, too. Ultimately it's still a cheap bike with cheap parts, but a lot of people who don't want to spend big bucks on a bike are getting a lot of bike for their money. No, it isn't anywhere near as nice as a vintage lightweight, but you're comparing apples and oranges if you expect something that goes for $600 as a complete bike to measure up to something that was the top of the line when it was new, even if that was decades ago. I do think this is ultimately the continuation of the fixed gear fad, which has its brakeless maniac roots, but I think it's really great. I also don't think it's a coincidence that all of these models which look classy, are sensibly appointed for commuting, and appeal to a wider audience than just the trendy messenger-chic fixie crowd, are appearing at a time when gas prices are climbing steadily and environmental awareness is at an all-time high.

Emily O'Brien
Medford, MA