I can't remember what thread it was on, but someone had commented that it's better to have one bike that you really appreciate than a bunch that you don't get that excited over.
It really struck a cord with me and got me thinking about what bikes I have, and which ones I really enjoy.
It's lead me to a decision to sell pretty much all of my retro bikes, and simply build up one bike exactly as I want it.
So, the clear-out has begun!
The bike I'm going to build will be a 1988 Overbury's Pioneer, exactly how I'd have specced it had I had the cash in 1988
I've heard it said, several times, but it's never resonated with me.
I see bikes, like other things I may enjoy / obsess about, as hobbies, as something I use. I've no desire to overshoot my talent for something and aim for some elite bit of kit, that may well delight, but may only have marginal, step improvements over what I've got.
Bikes weren't something I lusted after, more things I appreciate / appreciated. I appreciate decent ones. They don't have to be rare, they don't have to be exclusive.
All that said, I've no desire to be a serial collector / builder - but I like a small number of bikes to have some variety and redundancy. If I was going to aspire to more, it would be ride them more.
But they're not art for me, and elite kit leaves me a bit meh, really. I'm sure it's all very fine, but so long as the stuff I've got is decent enough quality, that'll serve me just fine. I'm probably a product of the time I grew up, but elite kit, and elite bikes, were for cyclists that could perform at that level.
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