...and reading many of the "hate" comments I have to say; I am even more happy to own Klein bikes now! Owning a bike that so many people hate for no apparent reason is just plain joy!
Funny thing is I am not seeing the hate comments for the bikes themselves in this thread. I own a Kline Attitude and while am certainly not wound up in the mystical aura that some place around them I certainly don't hate them. Hating an inanimate object is a little bit of a waste of hate that should be reserved solely for people.
This thread is about the repetitive nature of paint posts and the ever more ridiculous level of pointless detail being applied to the bikes. As Dr bond mentioned earlier, it has gone beyond restoration of a mass-produced bike to appointing some grail like nature to the bike to the point where original bikes are no longer as worthy as some bike that has been licked over with angel-hair paint and blowed dry by hoards of cherubs exhaling.
Reserving hate even for people seems like a waste of time and energy to me.
Anyway, what you describe in the last section of your post is nothing but enthusiasm........and that is what this forum is all about. If you don't share the interest in repaints or grail like worship of Kleins then why even bother to enter the thread and particularly why even post a reply stating how much these Klein threads irritate you? Theres no one in here who force you to even open the thread?
It is a open forum.
Members can throw in on any subject they like.
It is about that more than about eulogising certain bikes.
Gosh, if the Holy Grail is a bike you can get hold of for as little as the high end Kleins go for, what is there left to aim for?
There is a certain pompous attitude to be prodded with all this.
Just don't assume those who got into Kleins way back in the day, or have one or two now, find all the fawning and adulating seemly.
The doctor diagnosed me with hereditary diarrhoea. I can't understand, I wear a kilt.