My son has decided that he wants us to take up restoring a steel road bike just for the fun of it. I don't know how serious he is, but I've started thinking about it, and find myself puzzled about what exactly the point is, at least for me. One of the things that's brought me back to cycling is the huge advances in the technology: I always hated the moment when you took your hand off the bars to reach down for the gear lever.
So, here's my question. Restoring would suggest you keep the old gears; creating a great bike would suggest a combination of an old frame and new components. But the latter seems very unsatisfactory. Am I right in thinking all of you guys would agree that we go for components that are appropriate to the orginal bike? Are there suppliers of new versions of the old components?
Is there an ethics of bicycle restoration? Or maybe I mean aesthetics.