This forum seems to be almost equally about he bikes and the riders/ owners and, personally, I think that he contributors are the best bit. [...]
Could someone with a bigger brain than mine come up with a solution [...]
You're kiddin? Seriously? Fortunately, there's no need for darkened room immersion tactics. Any leanings towards a trait of 'forum acceptability' or 'PC-correctness', or whatever possibly induced bias, necessarily skues judgement. Obviously. RB's about individual appreciation of intrinsic values - the good, the bad and downright 'cough' plastic. Doesn't matter. Not many folks look back too dismissively at the 'Tomahawk', 'Grifter', 'Chop' or 'Elswick Turbo Twelve' (great mosheens); they worked, were cool and got bahookies on saddles and backies!!
Wherein it should come to personal choice if feeling compelled to vote in a problematic pseudo-competition, I'd advise a dose of reality. Thankfully, we have that here (cheers Ed/John and cheques still acceptable at 15% prem). Let's not go down the trans-atlantic route spiel scraping the depths of (no doubt for instance), "Does my pink handlebar wrap clash too violently with the DeRosa's headtoob - Thoughts, please.", or "Hell, it's a '73 'nago Super! Which of the Cinelli's should I think of swapping out? One's only got Sugino Max", or whatever. Or "Is this Fruit of The Loom saddlebag not sitting too low when full? I've weighted it with thirty pounds of wild-picked bloominberrys but no matter which way I ride, it looks imbalanced. Is his wrong?"
Aye. On all accounts.
The TVT's a cracker. The Bottech got the vote. CdM typically brilliant. All great bikes tho and hats off to all. Late 70's - 80's stuff. Chorus over Record. Better aesthetics. Esoterics rool! And they wir harder bitd. Kelly's miraculous (as I might be later) eddifying descent in *Milan-San Remo 92. Or Cav's blisterring anhilation, and the Champses?? Flippin brilliant. Bike handling at best.
*Legendary cr*p commentary - turn it off! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mL3jQmkj3uI
[And if we have to read, again, that "I once worked in a 2** dealership back in the 40's - all Mavic and red", well it'll just needs no more
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