I just ventured over into the Road forum and left with a thought I'd like to shoot out here for others to kick around. There's an apparently frequent discussion about who "deserves" high end equipment. During the recent incarnation of this discussion, there is a fair amount of chest thumping, name calling, etc. Frankly, I don't understand the logic. I suspose when I was younger I had some need to assert myself in the larger world, but not concerning bike equipment. I've always thought it best to buy the best equipment you could afford. Granted, I had to work a second job in a bike shop to afford decent equipment, but I did so gladly.
When I first started taking guitar lessons in 1966, my music teacher said, "Buy the best guitar you can afford. You want an instrument that produces great sound and seduces you into playing longer than a poor sounding one." My grandmother, who was a professional chef, said, "Buy good knives even if you don't cook that much. Your tools should never stand in the way of enjoying your work." I've kind of approached bicycles the same way. Buy what seduces you to ride even longer, and try to avoid anything that takes the joy out of it. Is this view abnormal, or more typical of those over 50? Or, maybe it's not age related at all?