I live in the Netherlands, less than 1 mile from the German border.
For me, nothing compares to a steel bike. I love'em. Only titanium feels just as good.
I can't help from buying steel bikes over and over again. In my country, people almost give them away on ebay, thinking it's old crap.
Tomorrow i'm gonna pick up a '93 KHS Montana Comp mtb, the blue-pink colored one. I'm already excited!