Matchka's expensive 1200k thread has got me wondering (or actually reminded me of something I have been wondering lately). It seems the last few issues of the RUSA newsletter have been concentrating more on Boutique bikes and people who fly all over the place and do dozens of these rides a year. All this requires cash. Sometimes a lot of it. Do you have to be rich to be a Randonneur? Is it just a trend as of late or has it always been this way. Personally I do a lot of scrounging and even building my own equipment to save money. My brevet bike is my commuter bike so I can save gas, save money by only having one bike for everything and squeeze in any long weekend training where I can. I feel like I am the only one when I read the RUSA newsletter and I have to confess it kind of makes me feel like I am dropping off the back so to speak. So, barring the time issues thing, does one have to have a certain amount of recreational cash to participate in this sport? What is your situation?