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Would you ride a museum piece?(9 posts)

Would you ride a museum piece?rwbadley
May 21, 2002 7:43 PM
A number of years ago I saw a 50th anniversary Schwinn Paramount on the wall of a bike shop nearby. This puppy had the Gold Plated Fork and everthang. A year or so later I was back in and saw the frame still there.
I was in the market for a new frame, so I asked about size and price.

I made a call to Waterford and was lucky to get Richard Schwinn on the line.

I told him one of his 50th frames was out our way, and asked a bit about the steel and geometry. We spoke for a while, and I summed up by saying 'so you think this bike'll ride ok then?'


He says 'you're gonna ride it?'
I says 'thats the plan'

More silence..

'Well ya know,' he goes on 'most people just hang 'em up on the wall'.
I mentioned as how the thing had been up on the wall for ten years already, it was about time to stretch it's legs a bit.

So, I bought it, brought it home. Built it up with period Suntour Pro group. Dura ace hubs with black cxp 33 rims with gold anodized nipples.

This bike is as pimpin' as a purple velvet Eldorado.

Now for the quandary. I have been riding it a pretty fair amount. It is indeed one fine machine. Heck, I've even raced it a few times. It's a little heavy by todays standard, but it handles so well, and rides so nice I can forgive it's porkitude.
Then the guilt set in. I've had it about four years. When I see them come up on e-bay it is usually frame/fork or campy'd out & never rode museum piece. So, the fork came off and a carbon fork went on. Just to protect the Gold Plating, I told myself.
Now, it has a couple small scratches here and there, but still looks pristine for the most part.
I find myself wanting to hang it up on the wall.

And yet....
re: Would you ride a museum piece?atpjunkie
May 21, 2002 8:31 PM
just use it for Sunday rides on clean roads and dry days. Yes it is a museum piece, hell I pull out an old split bamboo fly rod and old Hardy perfect at least once or twice a season. Go to a vintage car race, when you see some guy racing a 3 million dollar 1958 pontoon fendered Ferrari Testarossa you'll realize you are doing the right thing. Use it, don't abuse it, it wants to be ridden.
atpjunkie is dead right.DMoore
May 21, 2002 11:13 PM
A bike like that deserves to be ridden. From a purely practical standpoint, your bike lost much of its collectors value the first time it hit the road. Fire that Purdey shotgun one time -- and it's a used gun.

So enjoy it. I heartily second the "ride it on Sundays and be kind to it" approach.
What a bunch of HORSE DOO!!!!!!!curtis
May 22, 2002 5:34 AM
IT'S A BICYCLE, not a Rembrandt. It was designed and built to be RIDDEN by a bicyclist. It has no real monetary value, except to another cyclist. Then again, you have expressed no interest in selling it, so it really doesn't have any investment value. RIDE YOUR BIKE!!!!
It's a machine and IMHO...Lone Gunman
May 22, 2002 5:55 AM
unless you can get someone to pay admission to your house to see it hanging from the ceiling, you wasted money in buying it. I agree with the vintage racecar anology. It's a machine that you are the proud owner of, ride it and be happy. And put the gold fork back on where it belongs.
Gotta Ride!rwbadley
May 22, 2002 6:35 AM
I had considered putting the gold fork back on.
The carbon rides a little nicer, but it seems to not feel as precise steering or quite as "grounded" as the Columbus steel fork.
I do have other bikes to ride, so this one is a fair weather mount.
I really like the analogy to the old Ferrari, that does make sense.
Gotta Ride!
Ride it ... gently , it was made to ride nmDjudd
May 22, 2002 6:23 AM
May 22, 2002 10:04 AM
wouldn't ride it in the rain, snow, etc., but, IMO, its a SIN to have a bike that hangs on the wall. Nothing worse than a gorgeous bike that is in perfect condition b/c it hasn't ever been ridden.
May 22, 2002 12:02 PM
I'm glad we are all in agreement. Just make sure you blow by some Johnny come Latelys on their Carbon whatevers and smile and say "Steel's fer Real!"
ps. buy some wool jerseys as well, the old Molteni Merckx in Black and Gold should match quite well.