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Originally Posted by iab View Post

First I spoke with a local framebuilder about building and lugs. He wasn't opposed to building a replica, although he would have preferred to have his own touch in it. He was correct in pointing out the workmanship of a hand produced bike would be superior to a mass-built bike, even one from back in the day. So it could never be an exact replica unless you have purposeful flaws. I don't know too many builders that would want to do that.
That's much like true automobile restorers that will not clearcoat over body graphics, sand the paint to a glass flat finish prior to buffing, etc. They try to reproduce the finish right down to the factory orange peel if they're really picky.,,,,BD
So many bikes, so little dime.
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