Originally Posted by Portisslfpwrd, you're clearly a minimalist, in that you restored this cheap old thread rather than starting an expensive new one.Originally Posted by slfpwrd
I don't know why the OP has to single out the doctors with expensive bikes sitting in their garage, as opposed to serious riders. There are a number of doctors and probably quite a few lawyers on this board who take their riding seriously. Where I work there are several other doctors who bike to work, some on expensive bikes and some on cheap ones, but I don't know any colleagues who would buy a $5000 bike and not ride it. I've commuted to work by bike over 1800 days, and the most of that has been on used steel bikes. The most expensive bike I bought was a new lower end aluminum one for $400 CDN - it's since been stolen - and I'll probably splurge on a new Bike Friday soon, but only because there aren't cheaper folders out there that will meet my specs (able to carry 220+ lbs., fit in a flight suitcase) and few second hand folders are available.
Why do I ride a 1984 Trek tourer bought used for $250? Less likely to be stolen and no big (financial) loss if it is. Rides beautifully, able to carry all my stuff, and has a retro cachet that some of us value more than carbon fibre.