I made the seeming mistake of deliberately seeking out a road bike to rent. I ended up with an old steel Univega that had obviously seen some HARD use, but it had good components. Campy nines peed with old ergo levers. Until I got used to the bike, riding on 15 successive generations of concrete and asphalt patches was terrifying. It didn’t help that the front end was insanely heavy. Once I got my confidence, I really enjoyed it.