I thought about putting this in the Cycling forum, but upon reflection figured that might be a tad inappropriate/disrespectful. Still, too good not to put somewhere, and if you replace ride/bike with ski, well... ;-)
“No matter how much your bike costs,” he says, “unless you use it to make a living, it is a toy, and it should be fun.”
From a review in the NYT by Dave Eggers...
Many a weekend bicycle rider has had the same unsettling experience: You ask a friend to ride with you along some scenic, low-impact route. You show up wearing shorts, Sambas and a T-shirt, and he shows up dressed for an Olympic time trial. On his torso is a very tight shirt slashed with a half-dozen garish colors and logos irrelevant to him. His helmet, decorated with flames or stripes or both, is equipped with a rearview mirror. A rubber straw dangles around his neck like a fur stole, through which he can drink fluids from a container on his back. And then there are the spandex leg-enclosures. These have patches of yellow on either flank, giving the impression that your friend is wearing chaps. Yellow-and-black spandex chaps.
All this for a 10-mile ride on a bike path.