My wife, who runs a bed & breakfast in Southern Virginia, asked if she could borrow my road bike and my hybrid for a few days because she had booked three Dutch guests, who described themselves as avid bicyclists. The summertime b&B is near South Boston, Va., 200 miles from our Arlington, Va., house, where I am staying, so I was reluctant to be without a bike the two weeks that she would be gone. "I'll make a deal," I said. "You can have the bikes if I can buy a new one." Fine, she said. So I bought a new Trek roadbike (circa $1400) at Revolution Cycles and we borrowed a mountain bike for the guests. I told the story to the bike salesman, but he cautioned, "You know, Dutch riders are used to flat land and don't really get into road bikes."
Well, he was right. The hybrid and the mountain bike were fine, but they couldn't get my road bike out of high gear, and one of them complained, "You have to look down all the time and can't see the scenery." So my wife went to the basement at the B&B and got out a clunky old rusty mountain bike that I refuse to ride. They fixed it up a little and they loved it.
So I ended up with a new bike that I really didn't need. No problem--I'll keep one at the B&B. (And I'll hide it from guests.)