While we were visiting my sister and her family in Belgium, we went to the Kringwinkel in nearby Herentals. I had a great time photographing things I would have enjoyed buying. One was an old bicycle, circa 1975. It had full Campagnolo components. When it was new, this derailleur was state of the art. Alone, it then cost something like $60 or $75. The aluminum was forged and not cast… ultra-strong and ultra-light.
I didn’t think to look at what the bike’s price was. Transporting it back to America would have cost a lot. Storing it when I returned would have been a challenge. And restoring the old bike to its original glory would be about number 3,000 on my list of priorities.
But it was fun to fantasize.
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4 Replies to “What once held value”
Paul, I love to shop in my mind. I tell the kids when we go to the store: go ahead Buy things! Play with them… in your mind. We don’t have to take everything home, and anyway, sometimes it really IS better in our fantasy!
Great find, Paul! I absolutely hate walking away from gems like this – even if it would collect dust for the remainder of it’s life…
But, like you said, it’s fun to fantasize…
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