personally i think you have to judge it by your own specific criteria, that's why i listed some of mine originally.
i know it's sad but if i had a bike with the dreaded (for me) unused canti hanger it would drive me to change the brakes to canti's.
as far as pics go, if you want to have a chance at BOTM then the picture should be good, not blurred, show the whole bike so the spec can be seen. and if possible "arty" style can help.
build thread links are always good on the nomination thread, it shows the effort put in to the build, the lengths you went to for that elusive part, the time spent polishing etc.
and personally i like to know that the bike is ridden!!
for me if it passes these sort of things then it gets into my final choices from then on it's down to looks, history, brand, and possible influence from whose bike it is and if i have seen it in the flesh at a retro meet (although sometimes that has put me off a bike aswel!!)
also i never look at the vote results before voting or the comments either, i don't like to be influenced by others, it's not that i take it THAT seriously but i like to form my own opinion.
these are MY criteria, i don't expect anyone else to choose by my reasons but i think some of them are probably pretty average across the forum . . . . . maybe
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