Steel: For real?
I'm accustomed to reading about or listening to people praise the advantages of steel bicycle frames without ever actually specifying what those are (with the exception of extraordinary amounts of nostalgia for some undefined "good old days" that allegedly took place sometime between last century and earlier this decade). However, the n00b is calling BS. He wants to know what it is that makes steel better than aluminum, and under what circumstances. I told him to Google it, but I think he landed in the middle of a pissing contest on bikeforums.net because the next thing I know he was huddled in the corner whimpering and playing with his car keys.
Well, I'm more inclined to just accept the fact that some particular bike is made of whatever it's made of and that's that, but I can easily see him turning into the guy you see riding loops around the park on an all-carbon road bike (because it's faster!) in a sweatsuit and cross trainers. So methinks we need to settle this now.