We all like to have new bikes, but I see that many take a lot of pride in re-purposing used bikes and parts as well. This is especially obvious here in the SS/FG forum since many of us have taken older 1980's road frames and converted them. Or we find a great deal or ebay or CL for a complete or frame set, and manage to beg/borrow/steal the needed components to make a daily commuter.
So what brings you the most pride and satisfaction? Having new or making due with the used?