That is one fine piece of kit man. It looks like titanium. Sorry I didn't word that right i actually meant i was worried about chipping CF frames. Steel Frames seem robust enough for parking next to other bikes, taking to work etc.
Quick question - to make steel as light as titanium does it then become as precious? Or do you still feel fairly robust to chuck around and park at work etc?
the frame rings if you flick it with a finger, as if it were spring steel, i think it'll take a pretty hard impact to ding it
i usually don't commute on it unless i'm going for early morning training, otherwise i've got another bike for commute, but it really does get ridden year round - if it's not icy then i'm riding it, plus at least a couple of time a year i go cycling overseas, then it does the supermarket runs as well as long hard rides in the sun
in london i'd never leave it for long unattended even with a huge lock, risk of theft is way too high here, but at work i can put it in a secure place so it's ok when i do ride in on it
had two bad incidents (and want no more!) both in london, one hit & run, another a van reversed into me, but the frame survived unscathed and the rest was covered by insurance and the driver's company
i'd be really unhappy it it got smashed up, not sure i could afford to replace it as i'm under insured now, but i love riding it, so that's what i do