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Gear vs skill psychology?
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April
Joined: 13 Dec 2003
Posts: 6495
Location: Westchester/NYC

4/24/13 7:37 AM


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Most people find it easier to plunk down a credit card for new gear that they think will improve their performance than to work on improving their skills or fitness. I've seen this with virtually every activity I've been involved with and I'm as guilty of it as anyone.

Well, that is what I see in skiing. But I'm not seeing the same in cycling.

There're as many rider pushing up a 30lb clunker as there are 50lb beer belly on a fancy 16 pound bike! Whilst you don't see the same number of skiers on straight skis!

In fact, I see a lot more 10-20 year OLD bike on the road than 10-20 year old skis on the hill.

So it seem to me skiers drop more (frequently) coins on equipment than cyclist do.

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dan emery
Joined: 11 Jan 2004
Posts: 6155
Location: Maine

4/24/13 7:50 AM

not me!

>>Most people find it easier to plunk down a credit card for new gear that they think will improve their performance than to work on improving their skills or fitness<<

I have no illusions that equipment will make me a better rider, but I buy it anyway for various reasons often including that I think it is cool. Other reasons are functional capabilities (like lights, bags, etc.) or recognition of my limitations (wide range gears, wide tires, etc).

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