I was reading about Steve Potts this morning, in this month's Dirtrag Builder Profile (excellent regular feature) and how he sold a twenty year old filet brazed unpainted frame for $3,000 Aus dollars recently and the guy asked him to paint it for him etc. And he was quite surprised that this old retro frame could fetch so much...
...and it got me thinking...
Would we all buy them if Ritchey and Bontrager and Chris Chance and Charlie Cunningham and all the others started making them again?
Handbuilt, 'proper' original design bikes - all new and shiny and strong and lots of miles ahead of them???
Or would the thrill of the chase and the 'hunting them down rarity' aspect to sourcing and owning such steed be gone and therefore would we lose interest?
I mean I wonder how many re-issue original '82 Stumpy's Spesh sold - and to who?
But that was a mix of modern and old wasn't it? So it's not quite the same, as it was a token novelty. I'm more meaning if those framebuilders actually started up shop again just like before.