I'm a cyclist who is lucky enough to own several good bikes. I've carefully spent a moderate amount of money on bikes since I purchased my first bike with money I earned as a teenager. I still have that bike and I now have three other bikes that help keep me fit.
My first bike was state-of-the-art at the time. Reynolds 531 tubeset, Campagnolo Record, chromed lugs, chainstays & fork. Brooks Professional saddle.
Today, state of the art bikes are made of unobtanium, with lighter than air everything and digital this-n-that. Do I spend $6000 to pay for a semester of my kids education, or buy the best bike in the world? Easy answer, not even worth considering.
Yesterday I found a: it’s-just-the-right-size, new-with-warranty, 2010 Cervelo R3 for $2400. If I sold my vintage bike & and my ti bike, I could fund it.
However, It’s never as easy as that, is it?