Only just remembered to have a look at the BoTM thread as I've been working nights - my, my but aren't we an extremely polarized membership!
I'm sure I saw on the first page that The Guv'nor
had written 'anything goes?'
I'm equally sure that those members who have posted certain
bikes have done so out of a sense of fun, no?
Why does a particular bike have to be judged to have lowered the tone of the competition? Aren't we supposed to be building bikes because we can now afford something we could only drool over photo's of BiTD? Or are some members just throwing oodles of cash at a boutique
frame in a 'Look at my waaaa-ad'
(apologies to Harry Enfield
) kind of way?
bike show I have ever been to has had a few 'Ratbike' entries, usually by the kind of owners you wouldn't make the poor comments above to unless you were on first names, buy you a pint terms with! No-one complains about those entries because they are taken in the nature they are intended - good humoured irony...
...which is why there is always a supplementary trophy for Best(Worst?) Ratbike to be awarded with a certain degree of tongue in cheek banter.
For goodness sake pull the rods out your arses are enter into the spirit of it all...
Banter = Good Fun; Snobbery and poor insults = well, I'll leave that one up to you...