sorta new here, this may have been discussed.. if so.. whoops!
I was riding today and came to a stop to take a break/turn around/drink of water when another guy on a relatively inexpensive bike stopped to chit-chat with me. I'm sort of shy so I didn't talk much but I was polite and didn't brush him off. He starts asking me about my bike (Surly Crosscheck) and the seat (Brooks) and he had no idea what either were - no biggie - a month ago neither did I.
After 5 minutes of convo he asks me how much the bike cost. I don't know why, but I felt a little weird answering that... partly because I know his did not cost more than $200. Not because I think I'm hot-stuff with my bike.. I'm not, I'm still a chubby guy who isn't in great shape. It just felt weird. I dodged the question and told him the LBS built it up custom for me and basically directed him there to inquire.
I've had a couple co-workers on campus ask me and I told them — and they usually scoff and call me an idiot when "I could have gotten a bike for $150" ... I believe you get what you pay for.
I try extremely hard to avoid looking like a prick or a 'bike-snob' because I'm not. If you have two wheels you're fine in my book. I just needed a nice bike because I'm 6'5" 300lbs, will put thousands of miles on this one and don't want to break a cheap one in half.
Just by reading thru some of the posts and photothreads on here, I see there's some serious cash in bikes around here.
So how do you answer "How much did your bike cost?" from a stranger? Family member? Co-worker??