Thanks for making my point.No need to read the article. The argument itself is what's bullshit. Seems anyone who's turned a wrench on a bike thinks this is the hot topic to talk about if you want to hang with the cool kids.
If it were the narration to a video there'd be nothing but Chuck Taylors, handlebar mustaches and people randomly grinding shit out of focus. That's cool now right?
Two of my three bikes are both all completely 'bolt on' modified because other people did it better and made stuff I liked and allowed me to 'put together' a unique ride. Just because you can afford to buy parts from others doesn't mean the bike will turn out nice. You can bolt a bunch of stuff on and still in end up with an ugly pile of shit. There still needs to be some vision and creative element for sure.
Somehow the phrase got twisted into shaming the little guy who can't afford to build or simply doesn't have the skills. Last I checked nobody seemed to give a fuck before that article was written.
...and I'm spent. Fuckin hipsters...