>"Perhaps stories of lean years and struggles could
>inspire some of us to keep at doing what we LOVE."

in the 80s, mtb's and imported "high-end" frames
cut into my backlog. my reaction? introduce a
no frills, out-of-the-box frame; built by me,
but with less detail. the same ride. a lower
price. net result? after a year or so of trying
hard to place this model, i found it simply drove
folks back to my signature frame.
moral: dance with the girl what brought ya'.