Rick wrote:Paniagua wrote: Price shouldn't be the only reflection of quality (it isn't!) but egos get stroked paying high prices, not sure why, some odd perception that you are better because you have something expensive? seems like an incredibly American approach.
It is really a "insecure moron with more money than brain" approach. But it just so happens that Americans have a large fraction of the money and a correspondingly larger number of "insecure morons".sawyer wrote:Totally agree it's not a nationality thing. It's capitalism, with all it's supportive BS marketing.
But I am glad its that way. Insecure morons provide the "capital" with which corporations can develop and extend technology. You can just look at what the bicycles in non-capitalist countries are and imagine racing on thos bikes that are "equal" to everyone else's.
No BS marketing hype here!
LOL - my point was not to advocate an alternative economic system, just that it's a fact of consumerism that you'll get this.
BTW - Boris bikes in London and Velebs in Paris aren't so different to your photo - 20kg a piece.