Awhile back I bought a road bike:
Since “steel is real” and my budget for a(nother) bike was fictional, I bought an old 70’s road bike. So far I have added new handlebars, some awesome fenders, and a new saddle. I *removed* a rack, making it my least-useful bike–one day I referred to it as “the one I can’t haul stuff or kids on.”
In contrast to my last attempt at road biking (on a more modern bike) this is fun. Not sure if I am just older, enjoying it because I am treating it as an experiment, or what.
Also, secret upside to all the years of heavy biking: this thing feels like a rocket. Not planning to give up the cargo or folding bikes but it is fun to have another option from time to time.