There is something to be said for considering a titanium Seven a "beater". From Jack Gabus:
"I got to thinking of you and your dilemma regarding no car and the beater Colnago. May I offer up a suggestion? You need to get something like this…..
This is my Ragbrai bike. I call it “wash and wear”. It has made it thru tornados, extreme rain, pestilence and famine. The bike is basically Phil Wood visa vi bomb proof. Also I must admit that the best way to break in a Brooks is to ride it in the pouring rain for one solid day and let dry. It rides like a Catchers mit. This one of my favs and is like a trusty ol’ dog."