Some of this discussion appeared to go beyond mere comment on aesthetics and get directed at the owner of the bike. That seems out of place. I understand his being upset.
As for discussion on aesthetics (any matter that is solely one of personal taste in essentially cosmetics) here, I may not like the color of your seat, you may not like the color of mine. Who really cares? If it is good for you, nothing and nobody else really matters....to you. I do my bikes for me, not for anyone else.
Some folks like bright red paint, others do not. Neither position is the Holy Grail...it just doesn't seem like a discussion topic that one should waste much time on. Spending a lot of space wrestling back and forth on a cosmetic issue, such as the color of someone else's bike (or whether one likes like a spacer on the head tube), just does not strike me as other than shallow and frankly uninteresting. There are many more productive things we could spend our time on.
Folks have different tastes...that is why bike manufacturers make different styles, colors, etc.
Walter Nash Tucson, Baja AZ ----- Original Message ----- From: Kurt Sperry<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Walter Nash<mailto:email@example.com> Cc: classicrendezvous<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> Sent: Sunday, August 30, 2009 2:49 PM Subject: Re: [CR] KOF F/S 55cm Della Santa newvex lugs
2009/8/30 Walter Nash <email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>>:
> If someone does not like the look of it on their bikes, they are free not use it. If a person does not like it on someone else's bike, they probably ought to just keep it to themselves.... >
I strongly disagree. If aesthetics are a valid discussion subject here- and they obviously are- then having a discussion where only complimentary comments are welcomed will result in a very artificial shallow and frankly uninteresting conversation.