Just a brief one tonight. Every time I look up the tags ‘bicycle’ or ‘cycling’ I get a heap of posts from BikeWars imploring me to vote on which outlandish-looking skunk-works bike is the best. I think they’re missing something, there’s some very juicy ‘local derbies’* to be had if you just go a bit retro.
For example, yesteryear’s two big munitions manufacturers in Britain: Royal Enfield vs Birmingham Small Arms
*a derby match is one that involves a fierce local rivalry, such as Manchester City vs Manchester United, or Portsmouth (historically a Royal Navy port) vs Southampton (merchant navy port). For Americans, just think Red Sox vs Yankees.