Let's talk about this for a second; bikes. Yep, bicycles. In particular, how often do you buy a new one? Every two years? Every five? Are you one of those people that when you find a good one, you hold onto it for as long as you can?
The reason I ask this is simple; do we buy new bikes because we need one, or because we want one? Is technology moving so fast in the bicycle industry that a two-year-old bike is outdated? Does the type of bike make a difference?
I just recently parted with my long-time trail companion. My 2004 Gary Fisher Rig finally bit the dust. I rode the wheels off of that thing. Well, truth be told, I rode it until the frame cracked, but you get the point. But, it was a rigid singlespeed. About the only thing that was outdated, at least in terms of singlespeeds, was the frame. It was so simple in it's technology that it never aged.
So now this is on my radar...
2014 Giant Anthem X 29 1. Yes, that's really what it's called. My fear about buying one of these is less "will I like it?" and more "will it become outdated?". Will the 2015 model come out and make me feel like I got a hunk of outdated crap? I worry about these things. I'm a worrier. That's why my friends call me "Whiskers".
Well, I had to start the dialog. Go ahead, chime in.