Re: How much does your bike cost?Regarding some of the discussion of bikes as jewelry:
It's true that we don't need to have expensive bikes or parts to enjoy cycling. Cycling in the US is mostly a recreational activity, while in many other parts of the world it is a necessary means of transportation (which I think is great). However, since it is a recreational sport, people have fun with their equipment. Just like people who ride Harleys or one-off custom choppers like to have fun with customizing their rides, people with bikes like to have fun too. In a recreational sport, they essentially ARE jewelry. Look at custom builders like Llewellyn - the bikes really are made to be a piece of functional jewelry - and of course a whole lot more than that as well. I think if people want to spend money on expensive parts, and they get some enjoyment out of the technical aspects of a bike's design, then great - I for one love a well engineered anything. To consider bike jewelry (and I really like that term - its quite apt) disdainful is to deny that there is anything artistic in the form of a bike. I believe that bicycles are quite beautiful - from patched together single speeds with attitude, to a masterfully crafted Colnago with high end components on it.
To consider that the price or parts on a bike is the ONLY thing that matters, would be laughable. If someone were to take that attitude they probably would be considered a real boob. I don't see that as the attitude that anyone here has however.