Stripping and modifying a vintage bike ethical question
So, I've seen all these fixies that are works of art; absolutely minimalist statements of function with speed written all over their headbadge. :love: Gotta have something like it!!
So I figure I'll look for an old three speed to hack-up 'cause it'll be easier for my 60+ year old body. Oops, found one (that was easy). It's a vintage 60's-70's Sears 3 speed (I'll know more when I pick it up this afternoon; maybe a Puch, maybe not).
How much of a sin is it to start ripping off fenders, saddle, bars, repaint and so on, from a perfectly good looking vintage bicycle that's survived 5+ decades without too much abuse or disfigurement?? I mean the thing is pretty cool looking as it sits, if you're into vintage, that is. I can see it rubbed out, polished up with a new wicker basket, too. Is this going to put the bike karma gods on edge? It IS a Sears bike, after all. Thoughts and reactions, if you have a moment.