Which goes back to one of the things I've always said about the concept of "cool" it's more than simply what enthusiasts think is cool.
Going a bit OT here, but I think I have to disagree with that.
Cycling is still a niche interest, and retro is even more of a niche within that.
Part of the fun in getting a bit geeky about a subject is the idea of being able to share knowledge and discuss things with like-minded people.
In terms of the concept of 'cool', I wouldn't necessarily value the opinion of somebody who knows nothing about cycling in this context.
Like my dad for instance. If I showed him a pair of XT thumbies and asked him if he liked them or not, he wouldn't have any frame of reference with which to make a decision.
Similarly a shiney new dual-suspension BSO might be considered cool by an ill informed 12 year old, when we all know that they are awful.
Personally I hate the whole concept of coolness.
In the words of Kurt Cobain;
"I'd rather be dead than cool"
That's my 2p
Don't get me wrong, I often think the concept is so frivolous and banal - but all the same, just as the average joe probably believes that a bunch of nerds discussing Star Trek on usenet ain't cool, largely most of the things that we obsess about, or proclaim - in our loudest, Sunday-best, voice - as cool, the average person would think as equally nerdy as the hypothetical Star Trek nerds.
Now sure - a load of internet enthusiasts can gather, feverishly discuss something, and damned well shout from the mountain tops that it's cool - but that don't make it so. "cool" (whether abhorred as a term, or loved) is only so, when it transcends any enthusiasts, but pervades to those beyond.
Don't mistake my understanding of that, though, to be somewhat of an advocate of it - largely I couldn't care less whether something is cool, or not - I just find the discussions of it amusing at times.
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