So here I am at RRB. I've been in love with bicycles for a long, long time....road racers in high school, and mountain bikes for my entire adult life. Now my body is worn out past the point where I can ride bikes with a ton of intensity, but I just can't give 'em up. This fall I picked up my first lot of craigslist bikes ( 7 for $100) to start wrenching and re-imagining...I wound up on this fine site looking for photos as I set about building a Raleigh Sprite27 (maybe a '72?) into a Pashley Gov' styled path-racer. The result might shed some light on my sensibilities. The entertaining bit for me is that there are cleaver ways to marry the new with the vintage. I left the original finish, the "earned patina" , which includes a bike license sticker from 1976, on the Raleigh because it tells the story of the bike, swapped in a double crankset/ bottom bracket off a '64 Rudge and finished it with modern wheels. The rear hub is a flip-flop style wearing two freewheels for a "dingle speed" drive.