Sorry, this was the draft version of my post from yesterday. I meant to delete but sent it again instead. My apologies to all.
Ray Dobbins Miami Florida USA
Raymond Dobbins <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: Jerry, I'm sure you own many bikes that cost you far more than $230, and of the $230 type of bike (read French) I bet you have purchased quite a few. So by your definition, you must be one of West Texas' most extravagant characters!
It baffles me why it would bother you or anybody else, especially on this list where we would all be considered a bit nuts by the majority of the US population, that somebody spends a lot of money on a custom bicycle. It seems to me that this trend in spending will certainly trickle down to the benefit of the KOF builders and bike shop owners who sell off-the-rack high end bicycles, who need people to buy their product in order to for their businesses to survive. I hope that for every one person who buys one of those $10K to $23K bikes, there are two or more who order bikes from the likes of KOF builders.
Jerome & Elizabeth Moos wrote: You just reminded me why I hate much of the "modern" bike scene. One comforting thought is that I don't think anyone will ever sell a $23,000 bike here in a small town in West Texas. Or $2,300. Most people here would consider a $230 bike extravagant.
Jerry Moos Big Spring, small town, West Texas
Ken Bensinger wrote: All,
I'm surprised this didn't come up earlier (if it did, I missed it). A story from last week's New York Times answers the question about what type of fine spirits to be drinking while getting fitted for a $23,000 bike. Somehow I get the feeling that none of these guys could even change out a flat tire, much less appreciate the performance advantages of something like titanium or $5,000 wheels.
Ken Bensinger Brooklyn, NY
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