I have a very nice bicycle. In the group I ride, it’s middle of the road at best.
However, it is mine, it is paid for, and it is absolutely the best I could afford.
My bike is good enough, I am fast enough, I am strong enough to be of use to my group…. and I am not willing to ask my wife and children to sacrifice anything so that I might have a different bike. I do not compare my self-worth to that of others. I do not compare what I have to what others have because I don’t know what other people had to sacrifice to get what they have.
I am not willing to sacrifice the happiness of my family so I can have a nicer bicycle because doing so would be stupid.
I must always be mindful never to be drawn into the “keeping up with the Jones’es” trap. My last name isn’t Jones anyway.