I'm feeling a tad (just a tad) surly today - as well as a bit tired and punchy. Not precisely certain what got me here... but, I'm here nonetheless, and of course, pondering bikes. I'm oddly happy with the small stable of two-wheeled friends at the moment, but frankly, I almost fear this feeling more than the influx that typically takes place. Have I found a happy place with bikes? Sure, there's always some little thing to be changed out or to experiment with, but as a whole, things seem to be rolling along nicely (pun intended).
When we dug a bit deeper, I discovered that the stranger in question believed the parts on my bike were not of the quality befitting a Rivendell. I am personally inclined to immediately disagree, but he made the case that if one is willing to spend the money on the frame, why wouldn't one be willing to spend money on "better" parts? I couldn't help but pause for a moment - particularly hearing such a statement from someone I don't even remotely know - but, I'm not sure I can agree.
I believe there are many flaws in this way of thinking. First, I don't believe the parts on the Hillborne are sub-par in any way. Yes, I have a Sora front derailleur; I have fairly inexpensive wheels; and, yep, I have the cheapest seat post I could possibly find. So what? We had the pieces needed in our plethora of unused bike parts and they happened to work on the bike. Does that mean I love it any less, or that I don't "deserve" to have the bike because I choose to spend money on other areas rather than on an $100 seat post or $2000 set of wheels? Of course, there are those who would agree with the stranger and see that there is purpose in spending more on the parts. While I can understand wanting to have the best one can afford, these parts have worked brilliantly for years now (except for the seat post which was recently replaced - of course, with another sub-$25 one), and I have no intention of rushing out to spend money on more expensive parts.
I've been left a little befuddled by the whole run-in with this individual. It's so rare to come across someone in this area who even knows of Rivendell, but then to be told that basically I shouldn't have this bike because I don't know what it needs - well, it's left me a little speechless. What do you think? If you had the opportunity, would you buy a more expensive frame if it was what you wanted and put less expensive parts on it, or do you think that in order to have a more costly frame, one must also have more costly parts?