none of the above
I dont ride retro bikes, okay a few exceptions but most of them are too pretty to thrown down a mountain side with recklass "hire car" mentality. I love some retro bikes as they're simply gorgeous & beautifully made, but most are too fragile for the way I ride now compared to 20yrs ago.
I'm with scant on this one...
I rarely ride my retro rides a) because if I break something in some cases I can't replace it and b) technology has moved on and so has my riding and they are largely unsuitable for a lot of the ciurrent trail I ride on.
They do bring a smile my face though, but mainly because I used to think that it could never get better than this BITD.
I'd say I collect retro stuff for nostalgic reasons and a sense of preserving the past. Maybe its just an addiction...
As for 8 vs 9 speed, give me nine speed any day
I've just thought of a classic case. limited edition models. to me a 92 fat chance 10th anniversary (for example) is a cult bike. when Yeti announced they're 20th anniversary bike was a different spray Yeti 303 I was bitterly dissapointed...(their 10th anniversary was the zephyr
which made me think. maybe retro is just the point in time from where you started?
I see people putting up retro rebuilds of intense M1 DH bikes & I think, thats not retro! its only 10-12yrs old! but to the owner maybe it is retro
when threads like this develop people are massively defensive of their views & bikes. people are passionate about their bikes & that can only be a good thing!
no agro meant towards anyone b.t.w. its all just banter
.. if it comforts anyone I love my retro bikes & dont want to harm them as andrewl stated