Wheeling or reeling

My first real job paid a grand total of R175,00 a month covert to @R8rand to a US dollar and around R12 to a British pound my first car cost me R750.00 ...We did our whole wedding for under R2000 (ok 27 years ago)…I just bought a set of mtbikes wheels that cost R6000.00 who would have imagined I’d still be ridding a bicycle all these years later or spending the equivalent six years salary on a set of bike wheels.
Very nice
posted May 29th, 2012  
Cool shot!
posted May 29th, 2012  
But, no more flats! That helps when you have to make it through the bush past the lions :-)
posted May 29th, 2012  
Times have really changed. I imagine your salary these days is what enables you to spend that much on a set of wheels. They are sharp looking wheels but I can't imagine spending that much on bike tires.
posted May 29th, 2012  
hehe! I am with Beth on that one :) My first salary was R99, car R400 , I put 50c of petrol in that mini and it last a whole week :))
posted May 29th, 2012  
Hells Bells! You have far too much money! Great shot!
posted May 29th, 2012  
Because you love it - do what you love and take pictures of it while you are doing it = happiness. Have fun and wear a helmet!
posted May 29th, 2012  
Great shot and cool lighting.
posted May 29th, 2012  
I made $1.83 per hour... thank goodness I still lived at home.
posted May 29th, 2012  
Hey-hey, tubeless! I'm sure you won't regret this! Very cool lighting!
posted May 29th, 2012  
Fabulous photo .... beautiful color, lighting and pov, Howard! Ain't inflation great!! :)
posted May 29th, 2012  
Excellent shot- wow!
posted May 29th, 2012  
.. super shot.
posted May 29th, 2012  
@kloud not any more
posted May 29th, 2012  
great shot Howard
posted May 29th, 2012  
Rich or poor it's nice to have lots of money!!!
posted May 29th, 2012  
That's a thought... I love your capture of that wheel.
posted May 29th, 2012  
great shot :)
posted May 29th, 2012  
Damn ! still cheaper than petrol with the amount you get around :-)
posted May 29th, 2012  
It's pretty crazy how inflation affects everything. I was just marveling the other week that I used to feed a family of four on a quarter of what I spend on groceries for two of us now. Like your artsy capture of those wheels that are worth their weight in gold!
posted May 29th, 2012  
OMG wow, thats a lot of money
posted May 29th, 2012  
you'll get your money's worth!
posted May 29th, 2012  
Cool shot.
posted May 29th, 2012  
boys and toys;0) Enjoy!
posted May 29th, 2012  
This is a neat shot--very cool wheels. But when you put the money into perspective, it really makes you think...
posted May 30th, 2012  
Love the lighting on this. Great product pic.
posted May 30th, 2012  
Inflation has us all! We now pay for a car what we once paid for a house! I can only imagine what my great grandchildren will pay for some wheels!
posted May 30th, 2012  
crazy - crazy howard!
posted May 30th, 2012  
An absolute FAV!
posted May 30th, 2012  
This looks great.
posted May 30th, 2012  
Very cool shot of a great hobby!!!!
posted May 30th, 2012  
WOW! That's a whole tank of petrol :)
Cool shot, love the lighting & little bit of red :)
posted May 30th, 2012  
Terrific shot! It doesn't do to work that math out sometimes, its too scary! Enjoy the fun!
posted May 30th, 2012  
can't put a price on the things we love! very interesting shot Howard!
posted May 30th, 2012  
Super pic. You're just extravagant...can't help yourself
posted May 30th, 2012  
Great shot of the wheels! With the amount of cycling you do along rough tracks, I'm sure new wheels are a good investment! :)
posted May 30th, 2012  
Magnificent picture, Howard, Wish I could say the same about football. I was crazy on football when young and was considered a good footballer; today I get tired even on the armchair watching a match haha. I really love your narrative. It's so true, things were so cheap when I was a kid - even pay was very cheap.
posted May 30th, 2012  
The change in the value of money is scary isn't it! Love this photo though, it's beautifully composed.
posted May 30th, 2012  
Love the lighting and composition in this.
posted May 30th, 2012  
Cool shot!
posted May 30th, 2012  
beautiful shot
posted May 30th, 2012  
Fantastic shot, great lighting!
posted May 30th, 2012  
Holy crap Thats a lot of money. But they are good wheels and the thing about stuff like this is you get what you pay for. Cool Shot Howard.
posted May 31st, 2012  
well, i don't understand all this bike talk, and money talk without calculator, so let me put it in perspective: we only have one life to live and at our age, we have paid our dues like sending the kids to school and making sure they are set for life with their education and the values we instilled in them. we can't take that money to the grave, so buy the wheels and make the last leg of the ride enjoyable, and hopefully it will be a long enjoyable one. i say too much. why couldn't i just say: cool wheels, howard!
posted May 31st, 2012  
Very cool!
posted May 31st, 2012  
Excellent shot Howard and well executed.
posted May 31st, 2012  
i dont know much about bike tires but these look beefy :) LOL.
And for all the biking you do, you deserve them!!! enjoy 'em!
posted May 31st, 2012  
Very neat shot!! Do you remember when chips cost 6c a pkt? Now were really showing our age!
posted May 31st, 2012  
No question about it, inflation in recent years has distorted our perspective. My first year of teaching I made $5786 US which was about what my college tuition was my senior year and about what a new car cost. Nowadays beginning teachers make approximately the same amount in proportion to college tuition and a new car. So I guess we're treading water. The big difference is when I started out I had no credit card debt (heck there were no credit cards!) and there was very little stuff to drool over. Not much in electronics, no name brand clothing designers or expectation that everyone's home would have stainless appliances and granite countertops. No one felt deprived because we had no expectations. And frankly "no expectations" is a lot less disappointing than "failed expectations." Now I'll get off my soap box and tell you how much I enjoy your simple, clean image.
posted June 1st, 2012  
A very cool shot.
posted June 1st, 2012  
Yikes...! I hope you get a lot of good use out of them!
posted June 1st, 2012  
Cool shot. Looks like you are in for some fun!
posted June 1st, 2012  
Good grief you must really love cycling... another few thousand and you might get the frame and a saddle as well!...
posted June 1st, 2012  
@caddick complete replacement on bike we looking at about R36000.00...scary isn't it
posted June 1st, 2012  
@steeler That's just not right!
posted June 1st, 2012  
This is a beautiful photo of a beautiful wheel. I can't believe the cost! I hope you plan on riding that bike for a long time young man!
posted June 1st, 2012  
Probably best not to think too much!! Fabulous shot!
posted June 1st, 2012  
they must be very good wheel and you need them to get up those bloody big hills
posted June 1st, 2012  
stunning capture of those wheels - and the way that the value of money has changed is so odd - I remember old boys at work chatting about buying their houses for £400 - ones that would cost them £400,000 now - but failing to compare their wages to that £400 compared to their wages now
posted June 2nd, 2012  
Cool shot!
posted June 2nd, 2012  
It's great to take stock of our blessings isn't it. Great walk down memory lane - and congrats on your new set of wheels.
posted June 2nd, 2012  
Excellent shot Howard!
posted June 2nd, 2012  
Wonderful country where all of this is possible! Lucky you.
posted June 2nd, 2012  
Great set of wheels, Howard! - I so agree with Allison - inflation has changed everything. I think she and I must have grown up in the same era! summerfield says it right, too. You've worked hard, raised your family - now, enjoy your wheels!
posted June 2nd, 2012  
Great staging and capture. Great recap of how the economy has changed.
posted June 3rd, 2012  
My husband and I are the same...when it comes to buying toys or fixing the house...the toys always win. Hopefully we will fix the house when we retire one day :) Love your wheels...! I have an average mountain bike and hope to get a nicer one later on.
posted June 7th, 2012  
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