Dr S wrote:
Many are missing the point. BoTM should be about excellence. That doesn't mean mega bucks Yetis and Kleins, it's about passion. I'm just as impressed by the lengths someone goes to to restore and present a mid range bike- again may I reference WD Pro's Marin. An obsessive restoration of a Raleigh Mustang is just as likely to get my personal vote than a cheque book Klein resto. Part of that passion should be reflected in presentation too. Modern cameras are fantastic, hell even the camera in some phones are great. Just a little care and effort is all that is needed. You don't have to carry a shrink wrapped bike to the top of Snowdon to get a good photo, a well lit plain backdrop is as good as anything and can be found within 100 yds of the door! How hard is it?
Dragging something out of a hedge and taking a photo of it leant up against the bin isn't making any effort is it? Jesus, my four year old daughter has taken better photos!
I made this:
Look like this;
While its a pretty low end bike (it cost £40 30 mins before the top photo!) I got a few votes and was well chuffed. The bottom photo was taken with my phone - I made the effort to take it to a local park and find a nice background it would look ok against. I also had a build thread so people could see how much it meant to me and what I went through (on a low budget) to make it that nice.
If all I had done is hose it down, prop it up next to the bins (with the ground still wet - how often does that happen?
) then I wouldn't have gotten any votes. And none would be deserved either.
I like to see a bike that's been cared for, is appreciated by its owner and most of all, ridden. Price isnt a factor for me. If you tick the first two boxes, the least you can do is treat it to be shown off nicely.......
Anyway, you'll never win anyway because someone will always enter a Fat Chance.