I mean really.
Just how much is too much?
Okay, coming from someone who has Swarovski crystals on his freakin valve stems, maybe it's sort of a rhetorical question.
Still, I'm beginning to believe that there is a limit.
If you've been following along at home you, the reader, know that I've been looking at a lot of frames.
Not so much recently, well okay, I still am making ga-ga eyeballs at a few certain frames of the Italian goodness variety.
Just for fun don't you know.
I got to thinking though, these elaboratly lugged frames are really nice and all but are they really worth it?
First of all, I never look at my bicycle while I'm riding it.
In fact I'm often too busy a huffing and puffing and worrying about heart explosions to even think about the bicycle.
I don't know how I got it into my head, but I desire a lugged frame:
Boy, they sure look nice don't they.
I mean some of them are works of art!
I started thinking about this.
Bicycle frames being works of art I mean.
I don't know about you, but I don't take any works of art with me say like, to the beach.
Which is where I often ride.
I ride past the beach.
I mean I don't take any works of art with me while I'm cruising around Kailua, or doing some epic adventures.
I certainly don't take any works around with me while tooling around in the rain.
Why should I even consider paying like a GAGILLION bucks on a nice lugged frame and letting it even leave the house?
I should like hang it on the wall, put a light on it so that I can admire it late at night while wearing my smoking jacket and sipping some brandy.
This whole pretty bicycle thing goes way beyond my logic.
Let me tell you, I can bend logic pretty far, but this might be a bit beyond my bending skills.
I mean do I really need an ornately decorated frame?
Just what exactly do them lugs do anyways?
Chrome them and what do you have?
A heavier bicycle?
Okay, they sure look nice and all, but like I said, it's not like you can really enjoy that niceness while riding around.
Well, not unless someone else is riding it and you're following behind.
Then I guess you can sort of admire it while riding around, but you won't be riding it.
Unless you got like two of them, then you could be admiring it and riding, sort of at the same time.
Now this hasn't deterred me from thinking about a lugged bicycle frame.
It has sort of put in another perspective.
I mean all the decorative stuff is nice to look at, but not really necessary.
Yes, if I had some serious disposable income, I'd probably feel different, but I don't so I well, don't.
Maybe I'm finally coming out from under the brightness of the bling.
Looking at too many pictures of classic bicycles have I.
After all, it's a tool, not a jewel.
Unfortunately, I like nice tools.
Besides, I've sort of been leaning towards fillet brazing.