Eddy Merckx rode steel and he is, I imagine, a much better rider than you ever will be so do not be so fast to put it down.
Exactly the kind of nonsensical comment I was waiting for from the 'steel is real' brigade.
Lance Armstrong won a few races and is a better rider than me but he rode a carbon bike, so should I get one of those?
Don't know if you've checked out the Merckx range of road bikes for 2009, but take a guess as to how many of them are steel framed. I'll give you a clue... less than 1.
Merckx could have been riding a raleigh shopper and he'd still beat me up the hills but I would imagine that if he were racing today, he'd probably choose a carbon bike.