Rich Aitch wrote:
In my day we wouldn't have thought of 100 or 200GS as entry level, that was reserved for the likes of Tourney [With its black slug shaped thumbies] and yes the only bikes me and my mates could afford came with that sort of stuff. 200GS was pretty aspirational and I can also say at my school no one would have got battered for having a bike with 200GS, hardly anyone knew or cared about different groupsets. There were much more important victimisation issues to consider; like trainers!
Agreed with that - when I was at school hardly anybody had a clue about bikes - and that's with loads of kids cycling to school.
So long as you weren't commuting to school on some small wheeled shopping bike, the look-down-there-noses-and-point-and-laugh crowd had much more important fish to fry - as you say, things like trainers, clothes, haircut, spotty complexions...
Even a few years later, most of the people I knew who went mountain biking weren't that sniffy - so long as the bike was half decent, it was more about how fast you could pedal the damn thing, than what was on it.
I can honestly say in decades of cycling, and in times gone by, cycling with others, the only time that groupsets or parts has been a factor for particular interest, discussion or even ridicule, is on the internet, in discussion forums...
Now however you paint it, and whatever your perspective on things now
there's a certain irony in that.