"Plush" bike (R)Evolution?....I'm so confused.
Read in Bicycling magazine about the comfortization of road bikes into a new breed called "Plush" bikes. I'm in my 50's and have adjusted my current road bike to be more comfy for my own purposes which is no big deal. But the article sounds alot like the retro-grouch/Grant P-Rivendell view of what road bikes used to be like and what we should be riding. My current bike isn't real expensive, but I have been looking at buying a new road bike after I do my first sanctioned century ride, kind of a reward to myself,and am now beginning to wonder if all the high tech stuff I'm looking into is worth the bucks or not. I've currently spent, over that last year and a half, almost if not more than what my bike is worth in the way of bikes clothes, accessories, pedals, shoes etc. I like my clipless pedals and feel just fine in my bike shorts and jersey etc and can not see going back to flat pedals, I've tried, casual shorts and seersucker shirts. Have I/we been duped into buying bike specific clothes and hardware or are the benefits as real as I/we perceive? What's your view? Thx, Thom.