So gearing up for Winter cycling is expensive & the speeds I travel I need good gear, the wind chill is significant. I was looking at a nice pair of winter cycling boots. The cheapest I found were more than $150 & what everyone agrees are the best are well over $200.
With gasoline at $2/gal & my truck getting better than 15 mpg, I figure that I'd have to ride more than 1000 miles in the two really bad Winter months where they're most desirable. I butt up close to 400 miles a month most months & get more than 200 miles just about any month even the rainiest. So IF they last 2 years & they should, the Lake riding boots might earn their keep & if I ride in them for 4 years they didn't detract too much from my bike equations as to when the bike has actually paid for itself... I suspect I'll be into the 2nd battery before I get there as I only expect to get 30,000 miles out of a battery if I treat it very well. I think at 60,000 miles the bike will have cost me less than 10 cents per mile to purchase, operate & maintain.
I guess I could devalue it at $10/month against a cheap gym membership, that I don't need. I shouldn't be balking at $200... I spent more than $700 on my ski boots about 20 years ago. Strange the things we mind & don't mind spending our money on.