That's true ? Oh dear. The only snobbery on that blog is second degree fun poking at lovers of Italian bikes who think Masi is God, and poking a little fun at the brakeless fixie boys. If you mean the actual bikes, well, the total cost of those 4 to me is under 200 bucks. If liking nice bikes as well as some stuff people consider junk makes me a snob, great. I've always wanted to be snob but could never afford it
Originally Posted by purevl
Thx doc, you should charge big for diagnosis like that Actually, the snobbery isn't at bike forum, which is why this is the only collector related forum I like and belong to.
Such a big chip on your shoulder. I don't know about you, but most of the bikes I buy as an adult are ones I wanted as a kid but couldn't afford. It's not an affectation designed to impress the bikeforum crowd
The version I heard is that the wood plug was a damper to avoid breakage, but as it seems nobody really knows, your explanation is as good as any other, and your source sounds good.
MalcolmsFrejus VERY nice....I also recently learned what the wood plug in the steerer tube is - a broom handle. Evidently racers put them in because they were a tight fit and if the steerer broke, not uncommon on the rough roads of the time, they wouldn't lose control and at least could stop safely.
BTW: Why isn't there a Peace and Love Hippy smiley to use in the reply to thread form ?