It's a matter of deciding that you're going have a bike and maintain it at some level of functioning. Once you decide, you just fit it in. On paper, a lot of people can't afford to have children. After the kids are here, they decide; We'll work it in somehow. And they do. Mostly by improving their budgeting. bk
I have 13 bikes, and I am thrilled with them, and I am not anywhere near those 5 figures.. First, I am into C&V whereas, I can pick up a bike for a couple hundred or less, and have it turned into a prize. Ditto for cars. I recall about 10 years ago, I am a sports car freak, I had 4 Madza RX7s, and 2 motorcycles, and my total cost wasn't over $10K.. I was driving a different vehicle everyday, and having fun to the max.. So, it is matter of your taste and style, that will determine the cost..
Just my two cents..
2001 Raleigh R700
1996 Litespeed Classic
1995 Klein Quantum
1989 Cannondale Black Lightning
1988 Centurion Expert Ironman
1989 Centurion Master Ironman
1986 Schwinn Prelude(Beater)
1986 Raleigh Grand Prix(Beater2)
1985 Raleigh Prestige
1985 Raleigh Competition
1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #1
1985 Raleigh Grand Prix #2 (project #1)
1985 Raleigh Super Course (project #4)
1979 Raleigh Competition GS-1
2007 Suzuki GSX R1K (commuter) http://www.cehoward.net/pretty.jpg
Xeriscape. Though when I lived in the desert I had something closer to zeroscape.
Another desert favorite is astroturf. Just think, your yard could double as a putting green! Charge your golf loving neighbors to come over and practice...means more money for cycling.
Reminds me of talking with co-workers who said a buddy of mine was nuts for spending $2500 on a really good mountain bike. There was total silence when I pointed out that the annual cost of their pack a day smoking habit was about $4300 or so.
1997 Mongoose Hilltopper, 1988 Bianchi Specialissima, 2006 Surly Cross-Check, 2010 Norco City Glide, 1947 CCM Single-speed.
"Take him to the forge and show him the instruments"
Bernardo Gui, Inquisitor The Name of the Rose
How about "none of your business".
Even riding custom titanium with Di2, I feel like I'm getting off easy compared to a lot of people around me.
I see expensive golf clubs, fancy cars, private yachts, jewelery fit for a queen, vacation homes, private schools, and the list goes on.
Two wheels good. Four wheels bad.