The same bike...
...but even better!
Or is it?
Since I can't ride rigid forks no more and very pro-disc, I am probably the least retro bike oriented member on here.
I will be hated for this but sometimes you got to take of the retro-tinted spectacles
8) to smell the disc pads and realise that mtb technology has moved and it should be embraced. Retro bikes should be looked as curiosities, just like black and white TV, you can ride them if you like (I refer to the bike, not TV) but unless there is a good reason to keep them original, and in many cases there is
, I see no reason why they should not be improved.
I treated my proflex to disc brakes, fitted the new fangled 9-speed gear system and a modern rear air shock - so the difference is that it gets used more instead of sadly hanging in the garage looking forlorn and unloved.
.... and remember it is your bike so do what suits you best!
Just short of your 20th wedding anniversary the missus falls down the steps and breaks her ankle.
While she's in hospital having it fixed you ask the surgeon to give her some comedy funbags, tighten up her down-belows and make her lips more pouty. She's showing her age a bit, you see.
Are you going to love her more? Is she going to love you more or run off with the greengrocer?
You've got your younger bit on the side, so leave her alone!
Give a man a gun, and he can rob a bank.
Give a man a bank, and he can rob everybody.