Sette Budini wrote:But can you honestly say that you've never snickered to yourself when you've seen someone who is totally outclassed by their own bike.
And I'll very honestly admit that my new mountain bike is much more bike than I need or have the skills to justify. So I'm a cycling a**hole by my own definition!
Sounds like me with my new road bike + toys. Its far more bike than I am a rider - however I have plans to change that, and I didn't feel like spending $1500 on a road bike which matched my skills only to have to upgrade it 12 - 18 months down the track.
Assuming my bike lasts me 3 - 4 years by all rights it should at least, then it was a sensible investment. I certainly have no intention of buying TdF clothing and then attending a Beach Road cruise just to look good and create conversation at Cafe Racer.
I plan on using this bike, and toys to the limit of my ability build my strength and abuse my body to the point of throwing up from exercise (my previous elite aths training brings back good memories of that level exercise). Then get some coaching along the way - and hopefully in 12 months time be a competitive Cat D criterium finisher.
My bling purchases have methods to their madness - but they are well above my skill level as it stands, but I have serious plans to address that.