I have been lucky with my bicycles as I have always had something interesting...when I was younger always encourage to wait for what I wanted, was brought up with the mantra:"compromise is the handmaiden of mediocrity"! Rather have one thing of quality than any number oftat.
My first"best"bike (a 1976 Holdsworth Mistral that I still have) was expensive, but having a family friend working at Holdsworth meant a handsome staff discount!
Hence the lucky comment.
Co-founder of a V-CC section, member South Eastern Road Club and owner of - 2005 Bianchi Reparto Corse (modern), 1985 Raleigh SBDU Pro Super, 1984 Raleigh LU Corsa, 1980 Allin Stan Butler Special, 1978 Ron Cooper, 1975 Bill Philbrook tourer, 2 x very early Roberts (mid/late 1960s), 1966 Raleigh Superbe Roadster, 1964 Allin Stan Butler Special Belgique, 1951 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1950 Hobbs of Barbican S/C, 1947 Hetchins Super Special, 1908 Centaur Featherweight. 1988 Specialized Stumpjumper.