Most of us were extremely lucky to live in the UK in the late 20th century. .
Many of us are/were frustrated by not being quite able to live the dream, though.
-We can't all be Binners.
Things may be on the slide a little now, though
footflaps - Member
Actually it's the magazine that is designed to make you feel bad. Negative emotions are strong motivators and the aim of the magazine is to please the advertisers. The basic plan is, fill the magazine with images of unrealistic perfection, feed insecurity and hope readers buy advertiser's stuff in an attempt to feel less insecure.
Obviously everyone is affected to a different extend, but that's what they're designed to do.
I would regard myself as cynical enough not to be taken in by magazines and ads, but having a read of a pre- Xmas MBR even had me thinking about my second-hand bitsa bikes and,
"Maybe I do actually need a 29er with electronically-controlled full suspension? and a 29er hardtail?"
"how have I managed to ride for 20-odd years without a dropper post? In fact, I've obviously not really been riding"
I went for a ride on one of my shonky machines and quickly snapped out of it.
If I were a weaker man I'd have thought,
"My suspension coatings are all wrong"
"9 speed is extremely wrong"
and gone out and bought a flash new bike to go with the Audi S-Line that is essential for a trip to Llandegla.