What is a restored bicycle? How do you define restore? It’s not nearly as cut and dry of an answer as you think it might be. It is actually a fairly debatable topic among bicycle enthusiasts and other people that like to tinker and or admire old stuff.
The key to this debate is mostly found within how a person defines the term “Restore”. And simply looking at the dictionary for a cut and dry definition doesn’t help much. Because the two basic schools of thought on the subject are based on two slightly different definitions of the word.
Merriam-Webster defines the term restore as follows.
- To put or bring (something) back into existence or use
- Return (something) to an earlier or original condition by repairing it, cleaning it, etc
And from here the debate rages.
It might kind of seem like a subtle difference in definitions. But one that…
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