I particularly like your suggestion, Rowan, of waiting for depreciation and THEN buying. On the other hand, many in the market for high dollar bikes fit one of two niches:Originally Posted by Rowan
1. Racers who need the lightest on the market (and who don't usually pay for their own equipment)
2. Racer wannabes who have the $$$ to spend
There are a few who want custom bikes, are willing to pay for them, and plan on keeping them for the rest of their lives, but I suspect this market is small.
Of course, I could be wrong, and everybody on a bike but me is carefully banking their spare pennies for a $5K bike, but somehow I doubt it. I do agree with you that the majority of riders don't want or need $5K bikes, but I suspect their comfort comes not from having saved the money, as you jokingly suggest, but rather from being well served by what they already ride (as you so clearly said).
I could (as many other BF posters could) buy a garage full of $5K, $10K, or $15K bikes if I really wanted them, but I find sufficient satisfaction, value, and enjoyment from what I already own.