we are all used to online auctioning and forum lisiting as the life blood of retrobike building. One of the chief reasons that this site is so good and viable is cos we can buy and sell bits to and from anywhere.
Having just consigned my vinyl collection to the local long-term-storage-Man [along with the valve amps, proper speakers and turntable - oh the pain ....] I've been toying with one of those turntable to MP3 devices to capture my formative years on MP3.
But a quick check on i-tunes, and much of the late 70's and 80's punk that I spent ages tracking down on vinyl is available to download for 4.99 an album.
I'm delighted and appalled.
But is there a parallel with retrobiking?
Funds willing, like a punky MP3 click, anyone can grab an early 90's superbike, sparkle it up and tool down to the chippy or rec like a hero.
In the same way, I could download a pretty fullsome punk/indy back catalogue while I puff on a Montecristo wearing a fine italian suit in my open plan office ["first you get the sugar, then you get the power ...."].
So where is the real thing going on?
Listening to Iggy Pop or Firehose on itunes is fun, but nothing like the Hifi experience or indeed the live experience [not that I ever managed to get to a Firehose gig].
And if you blag a sweet old bike off the bay, is it less real than painstakingly restoring a shed that you got off your brother BITD?
I'm not sure.
My best guess is, if you ride the thing hard then it makes it real: so punish the NOS super bike in the mud and dance like a fiend to the tunes that so easily download through the ether.
Thanks, I feel better now.