Now that I'm on the downhill side of my 50's, I realize that no bike is going to get me back to the performance I once could achieve. That has tempered my BAS. (Although every time I tour on my 20-year-old bike, I think about replacing it.) Unfortunately, I still suffer from the illusion that a better camera will net me better images.
OT: My steel 2001 Lemond Buenos Aires frame broke about a week ago -- after about 8,000 miles of riding the weld on the chainstay at the dropout just came apart. Fortunately, there is a lifetime warranty on the frames, and the bike shop called yesterday to tell me that Lemond/Trek wants to replace the frame with a new one -- which is CF. Pretty cool. It's as though Nikon replaced a broken D1 with a D3. (We can only wish!)