the weather has gotten amazing lately (at least here in MD) and i've been riding my bike at least 15 miles everyday. I ride an old guerciotti with an original gipiemme group set. yesterday on my ride i got a flat tubular (second since i got it in march) and something unsettling occurred to me. things wear out and break, everything degenerates with use (which i think is only natural and obvious). so clearly this means that the components on my bike are going to degenerate with use. the last thing i want to do is replace the original parts with something else, especially since the bike hast the entire original group set. parts don't last forever but i don't want to ever have to replace the parts on the bike with others. seeing the guerc with other parts seems so wrong to me. yet, i love riding that bike and i don't think i could stop. so this brings me to my current dilemma.
do i hang the bike up on the wall and never ride it again? do i ride it until the parts begin to fail, then hang it up and never ride it again? or do i ride it til the parts get useless and then replace them? or should i try to find all the same components that my bike currently has to keep as back-ups?
what to do, what to do.