Not sure whether beginners is the correct place for this but having just made the last payment on my Bianchi through the works "bike to work" scheme, it's the perfect time for another bike (again at half price thanks to the scheme ). I'm not looking to start a "Ti is better than Al is better than carbon, but steel is real" debate - I have one carbon, one Alu, and one steel road bike so it's going to be Ti this time out. Question is which Van Nicholas would suit me best - it will be used for long weekend rides, the odd sportive, and maybe bank holiday credit card touring. I was considering VN due to the price, so if anyone has other suggestions, I'm open to suggestions. If I do go with VN is the Zephyr worth paying the extra or is the Euros more suited to my riding? I do intend to try to get a test ride, but would welcome opinions, which brings me to my next question - which dealer would you recommend? (Looking to buy frame and build up myself). I'm in the West Midlands but travelling isn't a problem for the right service/measuring/test ride.