Not for me it doesn't, posing is not my thing. I am happy to ride an uncool brand if it gets me as a good a bike that would cost me 25-30% more if it had a cool name on it 😀
In fact I am one of those people who gets a kick out of not falling into the brand trap. That's why I drive a Kia lol
I did buy one of their mid range, Sora equipped flat bar road bikes about 6 years ago. It was a fantastic bike for the money and took me on several 5 day tours of Northern france. It has since been replaced with a Gravel bike.
I would happily have another of their bikes, new or pre-owned. So...
Like you i am not overly bothered about having everything factory correct etc but I agree that i like them to look relatively period. I am liking the shellac on the cloth tape. I may have to borrow that 😁 Is it proper shellac? Which if I remember from wood work class in the 80s was derived from...
Looks really good. I would love to see a picture or 3 of how it looked when you got it if you have any.
I would like. Compare them to a late 70s falcon o have in the project pile that I think might be a Black Diamond too.