Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

General bike chat that does not fit elsewhere
User avatar
Wacky Racer
Posts: 606
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2008 18:19 pm

Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Wacky Racer » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:31 pm

I've been back into road cycling for a couple of years now, and one thing that has changed noticeably since I was a kid is the amount of decent kit on offer, components, clothing, accessories, etc. I doubt I'm much different to most on here, especially having reached a time of life when I can afford the odd luxury, in that I am constantly upgrading the bike, buying new clothes, or getting some item that I "must have".

Do any of us ever reach the point where we no longer look at, and crave, the latest spec, or that new jersey that's probably no better than the other dozen I've already got? I can't go into my LBS without coming away with something I had no intention of buying, and I still trawl online shops for bargains, despite the fact that I don't "need" anything at all.
Ridley Orion

User avatar
elderone
Posts: 1290
Joined: Wed Oct 17, 2012 21:01 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby elderone » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:40 pm

In a word,no.It,s human nature,You can have a stunning mrs but that dont stop you lusting after other women.
Just enjoy life and buy what makes you feel good.
Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori

User avatar
The Fuggler
Posts: 1211
Joined: Fri Aug 22, 2008 13:52 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby The Fuggler » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:48 pm

What both of you said!
FCN 3 / 4

User avatar
hipshot
Posts: 366
Joined: Tue Feb 07, 2012 00:02 am

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby hipshot » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:51 pm

Yes it's human nature to crave better kit, the whole industry depends on it. You have to watch it if it starts to eclipse the cycling itself though.

Reane_Machine
Posts: 163
Joined: Thu Aug 16, 2012 19:44 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Reane_Machine » Fri Nov 09, 2012 16:53 pm

I find myself fantasising about what I will buy next while I'm wearing new items for the forst time.

I think it's a psychological complex.

Also I keep telling myself that I will get thinner so buying smaller clothes will be necessary in the future anyway so I might as well do it now while all the lovely offers are on... my poor wallet :(
Hills are like half life - they wait until you're 50% recovered from one before hitting you in the face with the next.

http://handlebarpov.tumblr.com/

Road - Felt Z95 - FCN 3
MTB - Broken ( :( ) but was FCN 7

tiredofwhiners
Posts: 598
Joined: Fri Dec 23, 2011 15:38 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby tiredofwhiners » Fri Nov 09, 2012 17:27 pm

Maybe its an age thing but apart from a new frame to replace an old one about nine months ago, and the ocasional innertube/brake block, I have bought precisely zero. I have two bikes, I have more than enough summer kit, I have enough wet weather gear and although I must admit to looking through Wiggle, I just look at new stuff and thing 'meh, its the same as the stuff I have, but in a different colour'.

Its something you grow out of - like fast cars. eventually comfort and enjoyment of what you have is more important than the thrill of buying something. Its why us old one are not neck deep in debt and younger folks are still wasting money on new kit, new phones, new bikes etc.

I did however buy a new flatscreen TV foe the olympics instead of spending twice the sum on tickets.

Bozman
Posts: 2529
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2010 19:05 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Bozman » Fri Nov 09, 2012 17:29 pm

Are you on about women or bikes because the answer to both is no, it's purely down to money the more you have the better you get....... apparently.

User avatar
Wacky Racer
Posts: 606
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2008 18:19 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Wacky Racer » Fri Nov 09, 2012 17:41 pm

Bozman wrote:Are you on about women or bikes because the answer to both is no, it's purely down to money the more you have the better you get....... apparently.


But you could apply that philosophy to most things in life - the car, the clothes etc. But bikes seem to bring out the spendthrift in me like nothing else. I've got the house, the BMW, I've got the wife I want, and in general I'm very happy with my lot. Whilst I might look at other women and like what I see I'm not tempted to trade my wife in. I don't spend time looking at the latest sportswear for the gym, or a new squash racket because mine is a few years old, because they'll do me fine for a while to come. But for some reason bikes are like money magnets.
Ridley Orion

User avatar
Joeblack
Posts: 750
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 09:17 am

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Joeblack » Fri Nov 09, 2012 18:04 pm

tiredofwhiners wrote:Maybe its an age thing but apart from a new frame to replace an old one about nine months ago, and the ocasional innertube/brake block, I have bought precisely zero. I have two bikes, I have more than enough summer kit, I have enough wet weather gear and although I must admit to looking through Wiggle, I just look at new stuff and thing 'meh, its the same as the stuff I have, but in a different colour'.

Its something you grow out of - like fast cars. eventually comfort and enjoyment of what you have is more important than the thrill of buying something. Its why us old one are not neck deep in debt and younger folks are still wasting money on new kit, new phones, new bikes etc.

I did however buy a new flatscreen TV foe the olympics instead of spending twice the sum on tickets.



Not all 'younger folks' go into debt to buy new/latest things!!

To the op, I say this no, and it's not a bad thing (in most cases) wanting more/better/newer has driven men to do some truly remarkable things and in most cases these are good things :wink:
One plays football, tennis or golf, one does not play at cycling

User avatar
Joeblack
Posts: 750
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 09:17 am

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Joeblack » Fri Nov 09, 2012 18:08 pm

Wacky Racer wrote:
Bozman wrote:Are you on about women or bikes because the answer to both is no, it's purely down to money the more you have the better you get....... apparently.


But you could apply that philosophy to most things in life - the car, the clothes etc. But bikes seem to bring out the spendthrift in me like nothing else. I've got the house, the BMW, I've got the wife I want, and in general I'm very happy with my lot. Whilst I might look at other women and like what I see I'm not tempted to trade my wife in. I don't spend time looking at the latest sportswear for the gym, or a new squash racket because mine is a few years old, because they'll do me fine for a while to come. But for some reason bikes are like money magnets.



I think it's about what you feel the need to spend money on, some people it's clothes (fashion) some its cars, some people have amazing houses but drive a clapped out vehicle, whilst other have a brand new BM parked outside their mums house (and they are 30!!) To me it's your money and spend it on what you like, I recently told someone what iv spent on bikes this year and they damn near slapped me, yet the same person has over 5k worth of Cameras. To me I wouldn't spend more than a few hundred and a 'decent' camera. So it's horses for courses
One plays football, tennis or golf, one does not play at cycling

User avatar
Zendog1
Posts: 743
Joined: Mon Jun 14, 2004 23:44 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Zendog1 » Fri Nov 09, 2012 18:21 pm

It took me about 6 years to kick the upgrade bug - no help as usual from the bloody NHS.

Seriously there just came a point when it just went. The only things I buy these days are straight replacement for worn out stuff.

User avatar
Wacky Racer
Posts: 606
Joined: Fri Sep 26, 2008 18:19 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Wacky Racer » Fri Nov 09, 2012 18:22 pm

tiredofwhiners wrote:Maybe its an age thing but apart from a new frame to replace an old one about nine months ago, and the ocasional innertube/brake block, I have bought precisely zero. I have two bikes, I have more than enough summer kit, I have enough wet weather gear and although I must admit to looking through Wiggle, I just look at new stuff and thing 'meh, its the same as the stuff I have, but in a different colour'.

Its something you grow out of - like fast cars. eventually comfort and enjoyment of what you have is more important than the thrill of buying something. Its why us old one are not neck deep in debt and younger folks are still wasting money on new kit, new phones, new bikes etc.

I did however buy a new flatscreen TV foe the olympics instead of spending twice the sum on tickets.


I'd like to think it was an age thing, but I'm 51 and have even gone past the MLC.

BTW - do men really grow out of fast cars? I'm not in debt, I work hard for a good wage. But, I do have the latest phone, pc, etc. Life is for living, money isn't worth much to a dead man.
Ridley Orion

Bozman
Posts: 2529
Joined: Wed Sep 08, 2010 19:05 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Bozman » Fri Nov 09, 2012 18:24 pm

Joeblack wrote:
Wacky Racer wrote:
Bozman wrote:Are you on about women or bikes because the answer to both is no, it's purely down to money the more you have the better you get....... apparently.


But you could apply that philosophy to most things in life - the car, the clothes etc. But bikes seem to bring out the spendthrift in me like nothing else. I've got the house, the BMW, I've got the wife I want, and in general I'm very happy with my lot. Whilst I might look at other women and like what I see I'm not tempted to trade my wife in. I don't spend time looking at the latest sportswear for the gym, or a new squash racket because mine is a few years old, because they'll do me fine for a while to come. But for some reason bikes are like money magnets.



I think it's about what you feel the need to spend money on, some people it's clothes (fashion) some its cars, some people have amazing houses but drive a clapped out vehicle, whilst other have a brand new BM parked outside their mums house (and they are 30!!) To me it's your money and spend it on what you like, I recently told someone what iv spent on bikes this year and they damn near slapped me, yet the same person has over 5k worth of Cameras. To me I wouldn't spend more than a few hundred and a 'decent' camera. So it's horses for courses


If you use something and don't leave it at the back of the garage there's no issue with spending money on it, sometimes i take a step back and wonder why i've spent so much but i use them, look after them and the wife's ok with it so that's good enough for me.

dylanfernley
Posts: 400
Joined: Fri May 11, 2007 20:29 pm
Contact:

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby dylanfernley » Fri Nov 09, 2012 18:28 pm

oh the woes of consumer addicts, its a never ending , never satisfied problem.... you need my relatively cheap counselling to free yourself from this viscous lifestyle :wink:

User avatar
Sprool
Posts: 958
Joined: Sun Sep 09, 2012 19:32 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Sprool » Fri Nov 09, 2012 19:04 pm

Who dies with the most toys is the winner.

User avatar
Joeblack
Posts: 750
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 09:17 am

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Joeblack » Fri Nov 09, 2012 19:19 pm

It can sometimes be a matter of "what he's got" syndrome, there's nothing wrong with wanting better quality items but sometimes I really do think why change when what you've got does a perfectly good job, take someone upgrading from Ultegra to DA, 99% of cyclist wouldn't see any benefit yet a lot will make this change.
One plays football, tennis or golf, one does not play at cycling

red dragon
Posts: 259
Joined: Sat Nov 05, 2005 19:37 pm
Contact:

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby red dragon » Fri Nov 09, 2012 20:23 pm

It is bad luck to leave a bike shop empty handed. :roll:

Simon Masterson
Posts: 2488
Joined: Sun Jul 15, 2012 15:52 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Simon Masterson » Fri Nov 09, 2012 20:32 pm

It's pretty easy for me; I have no money and neither does my wife. :lol:

But I'm in a privileged position: I already own the coolest bike on Earth. I ogled and gazed at it with wonderment as a wee lad. It was daddy's bike, and now it is mine. He may have given it to me in a frankly unrideable condition on an 'I don't want it back' basis, having not really maintained it conscientiously to any degree throughout its life, and already given it away to someone else on indefinite loan (who kept it outside), before letting it sit at the back of the shed for a few years, but I don't care. There is no amount of money that will be unfit to spend on it, and I will continue to invest in her no matter how many people incorrectly tell me that the bike's not worth it. :)

Honestly though, the idea of owning hundreds of bikes really does not appeal to me all that much. The maintenance routine would be awful...

tiredofwhiners
Posts: 598
Joined: Fri Dec 23, 2011 15:38 pm

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby tiredofwhiners » Fri Nov 09, 2012 20:37 pm

Joeblack wrote:Not all 'younger folks' go into debt to buy new/latest things!!


Not all granted, but the vast majority - absolutely they do. Someone else posted about a 30 year old with a new BMW on the front drive - probably of their parents house because they want bling now, won't save and bemoan that they cannot afford to buy a house when there's £40k of metal rapidly depreciating on the drive.

Not all, but most for certain.

User avatar
Joeblack
Posts: 750
Joined: Mon Sep 03, 2012 09:17 am

Re: Are we ever satisfied with what we've got?

Postby Joeblack » Fri Nov 09, 2012 21:00 pm

Simon Masterson wrote:It's pretty easy for me; I have no money and neither does my wife. :lol:

But I'm in a privileged position: I already own the coolest bike on Earth. I ogled and gazed at it with wonderment as a wee lad. It was daddy's bike, and now it is mine. He may have given it to me in a frankly unrideable condition on an 'I don't want it back' basis, having not really maintained it conscientiously to any degree throughout its life, and already given it away to someone else on indefinite loan (who kept it outside), before letting it sit at the back of the shed for a few years, but I don't care. There is no amount of money that will be unfit to spend on it, and I will continue to invest in her no matter how many people incorrectly tell me that the bike's not worth it. :)

Honestly though, the idea of owning hundreds of bikes really does not appeal to me all that much. The maintenance routine would be awful...


I agree, tbh I'd much rather have something with such emotional attachment that all the bling bikes in china
One plays football, tennis or golf, one does not play at cycling


Return to “Road General”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: andrewjoseph, Dabber, Dork Knight, jonsi, The Cyclist of Catan and 6 guests