I live in an expensive area, more precisely in a rural area just outside DC. Every weekend I see people out in full race gear, full race bikes, puttering around our country roads. Out of shape, clearly don't understand their componentry. I've stopped to help, they've come up the driveway to ask for help before and chatted with them. They know nothing about cycling or cycles. They frequently are over educated under intelligent brand conscious government contractor millionaires. They talk about what the bike is made of and what brand it is. I point out that they're on racing bikes, not touring bikes. Why would you be trying to bike for fitness on something designed to be the most efficient, comfort last bike? Do you go to the weight room and lift carbon fiber? I show them my stable (none are race). They take them for a spin and kick themselves. My primary ride has been a Specialized Globe single speed urban curb hopper on MTB slicks. They all love it. So simple, so functional.