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What is better?(5 posts)

What is better?Ahimsa
Apr 30, 2002 5:25 PM
A brand spankin' new bike. All glossy bits and pristine paint. A virgin saddle. Fresh tape. Not even a minute speck of dirt. Not a smudge even.


A well worn and well maintained steed. All high end parts in tuned working order. A bit of a touched up scratch here and there for character. A well worn saddle. Everything kept tidy and lubed and prim, but a little bit of a broken in feel about 'er. Maybe she's fresh from a proper rebuild and a good washin'.

I imagine I know the answer from our -ahem- "Retro" brethren, so I've made a case for that as well.

Built from used parts that are still near mint, with just enough wear to make 'em not new. Maybe even a bit of history in 'em. Like they were at Le Tour on a back-up bike that didn't get ridden


Built from warehoused old stock in it's orig box and with pedigree papers. Clean as a sunday church choir, and as new as old can get. Like a time warped truck hit the LBS three decades late.

Go ahead boys and girls. Give us an answer.

Me? Ah. Worn a bit on both counts. Like new for awhile, but like it better when it's a little "used".


A. (Give us a kiss.)
Let's see. A brand new bike is too much promise, not enoughbill
Apr 30, 2002 6:21 PM
substance. Not yet. The little imperfection here and there, the little scratch, the little dimple, isn't yet character. Everything feels a little stiff. Even if it feels great, you know in your heart that there's too much you don't know.
A few miles, then . . . . Everything makes more sense. Tweaked this and that. Finally figured out how the new doohickey works; not that it was a total mystery, but it was a part not yet integrated.
Now some dirt. Some real miles. Some sweat. The scratch from going down -- maybe epic, maybe stupid, but you were out there when it happened. Real road dust.
Now, clean it up.
Best of both, baby.
re: What is better?Val_Garou
Apr 30, 2002 6:22 PM
On a road bike? Brand spankin' new all the way. I spend a significant amount of off-the bike time trying to keep it glossy and pristine. Heck, every little scratch is like a kick in the shins. And chipped paint, well, that would almost certainly leave corresponding marks on my soul.
Actually,Spoke Wrench
May 1, 2002 10:00 AM
I think that's true about a lot of things. (I hope that my wife thinks so too.)
have your cake and eat it too...DINOSAUR
May 1, 2002 5:21 PM
How about both..... I was perplexed with the same decision.
To upgrade my old very well dialed in Klein, or to go with a new bike. I decided to go with a new bike and keep the old Klein as a second bike. When I started to add up the cost of what I wanted to do with the Klein it seemed logical to go with a new bike. It's always nice to have more than one bike....but the day will come when the new bike will be the slightly used bike....