This is one thing I was always curious about - a lot of people here sees to be upgrading bikes every year to always have the latest [HTML_REMOVED] greatest bike (carbon, 650b, etc.) - how the heck does everyone afford to do this? Is everyone just rich or are they making bad financial decisions by spending a disproportionate amount of their income on a $6k bike every year that is only marginally better than their previous bike?
Sometimes I get comments "wow nice bike, must be expensive" while they're riding their older frame. Which is totally fine, no judgement from me. It just gets me when they show up in a $30,000+ vehicle.
I spend more time on my bike than in my car, so I choose to put the money there. I used to drive a $1500 car with a $7000 bike strapped to the back. Now the car is worth about as much as the bike (neither with any debt on them).