If you had the choice between the following bikes, which one would you opt for and why?
Bike 1 is the genuine article, a team issued bike, used on the pro circuit in the early 90's (granted, as a spare, but still). However, it's well used/worn (as many team bikes are), and was ridden by, how else to put it... a popular but tainted rider on a popular but tainted team. To boot, it's being sold by what can best be described as a recalcitrant seller, who will not entertain anything other than an in-person transaction. In itself not an issue, were it not I'm 200+ miles north of this seller, and do not own a car.
Bike 2 is essentially the same frame; same manufacturer, same tube set, but in a different (equally attractive) non-stigmatized paint scheme, much better condition, by and large the same groupset, but without the 'pro' cool factor. Available from a seller willing to ship.
Personally, I'm torn. I love the notion of "the real thing" - provenance is impossible to manufacture, after all. But, I find myself conflicted about both the seller (dealing with attitude is rarely worth any price to me) and the fact that the pro who rode this bike is among "the shamed".
So, while I know these are ultimately personal decisions, what would you do?