You have an old touring bike that you've toured on for the past 40 odd years,in that time it's been rebuilt and had new parts from time to time,along with the servicing needed through wear and tear,you know it's flaws and faults which you can live with but reason with yourself that you could keep it and refurbish the bits of it needed and carry on using it,after all it's been a very reliable machine.
Then you think is it time for a new bike?
You decide on the new bike route and set out to buy one as you're planning to cycle around the world.At the only bike shop there is the three or four salesmen all agree that it's the best bike in the shop for what you need.
You know nothing about bikes other than what you know about your own bike,so on their say so you think yeah that's the bike for me and really do like the colour too.
So you do a bit of research on the web when you get home,and there's conflicting views with quite a few people complaining that it's not the kind of bike you really need for what you envisage.
You know a chap who does a lot of cycling and so have a chat with him,it turns out he's done a lot of touring and he invites you along to meet some of his club mates all of which have cycle toured extensively with a couple who cycled around the world themselves,all agree that the bike you're thinking of buying isn't suitable for the job,in fact it's the worse kind of bike for touring on.
You give it a coat of thinking and finally decide to buy the bike in question and take it along to the club tourists your friend so kindly introduced you to,they begin to point out all the faults that,though not apparent to you,because your understanding of bicycles is limited your old bike,are really bad flaws for what you want in fact much worse than expected.
At this point you have a couple of choices:-
a)take the bike back to the shop and ask for a refund under the trades descriptions act,and spend the money on refurbishing your old bike that's served you well despite it's flaws and faults
b)can't face the shame of returning it to the shop for fear of looking like a fool,and so keep the bike making the best of it but with the fear of what might happen on the biggest tour of your life.
That's Brexit in in a nutshell
Which choice does the real fool make?
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on 18 Dec 2018, 3:30pm, edited 3 times in total.