As some of you may recall, about 6 months ago, a good friend, who lives about 300 miles away, called me and said he was thinking about entering a triathlon. He wanted to know what I thought of the GMC Denali. I convinced him that he would be much better off with my Centurion DS. I gave it to him on the condition that it was his, free and clear, if he put 1000 miles on it in a year. Well he has already met that goal.
He called me today, asking my advise about buying a new bike. Being a charter member of the N+1 club, I encouraged that. After talking to him for quite a while, it came out that the real reason he wanted a new bike was that the guy at the LBS told him that those old steel bikes can't handle the vibration of Texas chip seal roads, nearly as well as the new $1000 Raliegh he wanted to sell him.
I asked him to give me the name and number of the salesman, but knowing me well, he refused.