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Well, the silly things i did was that i rode 100KM wearing my football shorts. it was so painful in the shower after the ride. i bought a bib the next day.
53x12 wrote:In regards to salary, sure that has increased. However my discretionary fund/bike fund has remained fairly consistent. When I was younger I lived at home or was in the dorm at college. Didn't really have any major expenses. Rent was covered. Meals were covered. Now as an adult have mortgage, car paymens, health insurance, life insurance, children's college fund, retirement, investments...etc. So my bike fund is basically the same. Any other questions?
Your bike fund stayed the same as it did 20 years ago? Accounting for inflation and current bike prices I assume you can maybe buy a wheel with it. Please you don't need to answer that. I'm just fooling around as usual. You'll know when I'm serious.
wassertreter wrote:53x12 wrote:Yeah friends or family members are in shock when they ask me about my bikes.
That's why I never tell the whole truth, just something along the lines of "I got the frame for this-and-that-cheap on ebay¹ and put on a few parts."
¹which is usually fairly accurate
Full disclosure is a no-no.
I tell people getting into it that £600 odd buys them a decent bike, but with some big compromises - usually wheels, and that you need to drop about £2k-£2.5k to get something near to pro standard above which the gains are minimal.
While most of us have adjusted to £2k wheelsets, I still find the prices of some top-end models - £10k or whatever for a Dogma - absurd, not least because we all know we could put together a better bike for much less.
Stiff, Light, Aero - Pick Three!!
But I was hooked.
prendrefeu wrote:Yeah, for most of us that was in the past.
But for most people in the world that's still a reality.
And even for many people in 'modern' or '1st world' countries with a higher-than-avg GDP, the costs are incredulous.
Too often I'm asked by a friend to help them find a good, entry road bike so they can start riding along with me (or ride with their family) (or ride to work) (and so on) - but the budget they're looking at always hovers between $500-$800 TOTAL (helmet and tools included). I don't mention to them that there are wheels which cost $5kUSD per pair, nor brakes that per pair cost more than their total budget - but if it eventually comes through in conversation, its usually met with complete shock.
I have friends like this, more often than not they are the same people that spend £75 a month on a gym membership and never go! In an average year i probably spend the same but i have material assets in the form of bikes and bike kit and a slowly decreasing waistline....my £ is much better spent as a result. The 'shock' of me spending £2000 on a bike seems to disappear when i convey my thinking!
Today's bikes are getting more sophisticated than 20 years ago whether it's gimmick or true engineering advancement.
Plus the cost of making bikes are going way up as well. Today, the per frame cost of paintjob for the Falco carbon frame (subj to minimum order of 100 frames) is 3 times more money than my first bike. Imagine that.
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