Unjustifiably expensive and gorgeous pieces of kit that make you go oooh nice:)

You see it you want it you think of ways to buy it but you cant you just cant.

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15/06/2012 at 23:34

So much sporting kit is functional it really fun to dwell on the other stuff.

If James Bond rode a bike he would wear these. He would also of course have a Record group set on his bike like in this photo. The bastard!

16/06/2012 at 06:50
I think JB would wear something similar on assignments to Eastern Europe during the winter, together with an exquisitly tailored overcoat.

They are lovely. But at that price, I'd be too worried to wear on a bike.
18/06/2012 at 13:24

The problem I have is that I very rarely see anything that I like.

Then when I do, it usually costs silly money, and I'm too mean to pay silly money for stuff.



18/06/2012 at 15:31

If wer're talking bicycles, it'd have to be this Ridley Noah) it puts my own Ridley Orion to shame!!


But, at circa £9400, I think she'd say "No!!"" (& make it sound like she was was talking in capitals too!!!)


Failing that, & finding one in the country in my size, it'd be this BMChttp://www.evanscycles.com/products/bmc/teammachine-slr01-dura-ace-di2-2012-cadel-evans-ltd-edition-road-bike-ec032511

As much as I like Trek Madone's these 2 are a bit different

Then... fi we're talking Guitars

And it's dearer than either of the bikes!


19/06/2012 at 18:14

Everythings expensive. From running socks upward. That includes running shoes. I like the idea of Nikeid, I keep playing but can't afford the end result. It's the sales for me.

Bikes are expensive and all the bits that you find out you need.

I'd like a swimming pool.

19/06/2012 at 21:48

Ok lets all chip in an get Mouse a swimming pool.

Jebus imagine if we did that? Bit by bit first the hole and the plumbing and then the tiles and the metal ladder thing.

Would you want a diving board Mouse?

Thing is I cant swim so I wouldnt even want a go. Id just dangle my feet in the shallow end and scope dead leaves out with my net on a pole thing

You could have a big pair of Mickey Mouse ears in the bottom picked out in expensive tiling

19/06/2012 at 21:52

Thats why the poor cant be allowed to have money we have no taste what so ever.


19/06/2012 at 22:40

I can dig holes and with the amount of rain we've had of late I'm nearly there.

Shame about the Micky Mouse ears though.


20/06/2012 at 06:37

But it's not just cost, it's cost per wear that counts, doesn't it? a £30 pair of shoes that fall apart in 3 months is poorer value than a £90 pair that last a year. I'll perfectly happily pay for something that I think will last and be used beyond the life of the cheaper version. it's about getting my money's worth in the long run. 

I'm not sure I'd want a pool though - not even mickey mouse ears

20/06/2012 at 09:42
Helen Liz wrote (see)

But it's not just cost, it's cost per wear that counts, doesn't it?

But that would make it justifiably expensive then, wouldn't it?

To me, we're talking about the sort of shiny things that fall way into the realms of diminishing returns, compared to how much they cost.  Cycling equipment is classic for this. I paid £1k for my bike, which some people thing is a silly amount of money already but as Richard's illustrated above, it really isn't difficult to spend a small family car budget on a bike that most definitely won't make you 9 times faster.

It might be my age but I still hanker for the golden age of bike design when they were all made from skinny steel tubes beautifully welded together.  My favourite (apart from my Ron Cooper Columbus SL which was custom made for me 25 years ago and recently got a refurb) is probably the Cinelli Laser.  One of these in original condition would cost a small fortune now.


 Look at that!

20/06/2012 at 10:29
Helen Liz wrote (see)

But it's not just cost, it's cost per wear that counts, doesn't it? a £30 pair of shoes that fall apart in 3 months is poorer value than a £90 pair that last a year. 

I've got a pair of boots I paid over £100 for at least ten years ago.  I don't wear them very often, but I think I've had my money's worth


20/06/2012 at 11:41

Philpub i raise one cinelli laser for this




Edited: 20/06/2012 at 11:43
20/06/2012 at 11:49

More bike porn for you Phil.

Look at the lugs on that

20/06/2012 at 12:06


I'm probably biased but since you mention it, I reckon Ron Cooper does lugs very nicely indeed.  This was built for me in 1987 when I was 15 and I treated it to a facelift and modern components (except original seatpost and handlebars/quill stem) earlier this year.  Yet to get more than 50 miles on it because I daren't take it out in the rain.  Dammit!





20/06/2012 at 12:29

There is no bike like the bike you had when you were 15.

Good to see it was red.

Mine was too






20/06/2012 at 12:47

Back in the day it was actually blue and white in a classic 80s style fade.  But now it's officially Ferrari Red / Gios Blue, to go with the Italian tubing.  (And my club colours.) 

20/06/2012 at 15:14

Ok PhilPub here you go

You can listen to an interview with the man who built your bike.

and heres a site I know you will appreiciate if you dont already know about it hours and hours of people just wittering on about bikes and riding them.


Edited: 20/06/2012 at 15:15
20/06/2012 at 15:57

Cheers.  I've heard the Ron interview before but you've just reminded me that he built my bike the same year Stephen Roche won the Tour (best cycling TV memories ever...), the Giro and the world champs - on a beautiful Battaglin.  I should've copied the paintjob!

As it happens, in the process of getting the bike spruced up, I learnt that the man himself is currently working at the very place I went for the respray.  Now that was a pleasant surprise after all these years...



20/06/2012 at 17:35

For anyone out there with 2 grand burning a hole in their shorts this is a very good list of British frame makers.

I will not take any responsibility for relationship breakdowns caused by anyone selling the kids in to servitude just so they can buy one.

20/06/2012 at 18:00

sorely tempted by one of the new top-of-the-range triathlon-ready Garmins. when i lost my 110 recently, thought for a marvellous moment that I could trade up...then i found it.

also fancy another ultra-lite Gore Running Wear winter jacket, but unfortunately it's summer.

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