The utility cyclist wrote:
speedsixdave wrote:Clearly much of the attraction of a £13000 bike is the fact that it costs £13000,[ and the justification for this massive cost is the measurable fact that it is apparently the world's something something something .
Go on, prove that, clearly you can't, yet again someone failing to grasp why someone might buy a bike costing that much, which BTW is nowhere the most expensive bike you can buy, not even close!
Calm down there Ute! But apologies, like Edwina Currie I should have said some
of the attraction, rather than much
. If you read further you will see that I have absolutely no problem with anyone spending £13000 on a bike, it's peanuts compared to what people spend on cars for fun and status and as we all know, bikes are better than cars in all ways.
And I don't deny it's probably a marvellous bike, it just doesn't do much for me.
And I am into Moultons, so very aware that there are much more expensive bikes than this, I've even ridden a few.
I think my thesis, such as it is, is that at this sort of price you are really buying a dream, a concept, an ideal, a jewel, an objet d'art
, and that's fine if you can justify it to yourself and your wife. At its base level a bike is just a tool though and just as we all have an innate idea of how much money we are prepared to spend on a pump or a torque wrench or a corkscrew, we all have an innate feeling about how much we think it's worth spending on a bike. My lovely wife thinks the amount I spend on bikes is ridiculous, because a bike is a bike, but I'm already slowly persuading myself that my next bike will make my life better than it is now. Some people buy their track pumps from Aldi, some people think there's pleasure in the ownership of a £370 Silca pump
. They'll both pump up your tyres to the modern 75psi without much issue. Similarly £215 for a Campagnolo corkscrew
It's all fine, spend your cash on what you want and hopefully it will make you happy, and ideally other people too. I certainly will, because buying (and riding) bikes over a long period of time has made me happy. But, as pwa notes, when you're cold, tired and hungry and there's another 35 brilliant miles to go, the amazingness of your superbike doesn't matter anything like as much as what's in your head and your legs.