Hi, I have quite a few stupid questions relevant to retro bikes, but don't want to create a new thread (or pollute existing threads) with them all, so I thought I should create this 'stupid questions thread', instead.
So here's question number 1: What makes Klein bikes so awesome? (apart from the paint jobs). This is a serious question, not some anti klein rhetorical one.
I've never really been a fan of Kleins, or particularly drawn to them - perhaps partly because I'm not swayed by the shiny, shiny, and partly because I prefer steel bikes. So truth be told, I've never felt a desire or pull to own one. That said, I'm not a hater, either - I may not always buy into much of what some people are drawn to in bikes, but different strokes and all that.
All that said, I think they're art. I love looking at them. There's plenty of threads dedicated to them, of bikes that look simply stunning, and true art. So I can appreciate them.
That I'm not drawn to them, may seem a contradiction - but then appreciating them as art, isn't a factor in the bikes I'd choose to ride or own - what I'm drawn to own and ride, isn't art, it's decent mechanicals.
If you asked me to name a beautiful bike, though, and it would almost certainly be a Klein.
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