Hello. My name is Bill and I ride an old Peugeot Carbolite 103 12 speed. My hobbies are playing chess, hiking and scuba diving. I had purchased this bike from a 70 year old man in good/very good condition. Prior to that I had purchased a used book "Bicycle Maintenance and Repair" 1990 edition for $1.00. I honestly didn't have plans to purchase a ride let alone ride a bike since the last time I road a bike was the mid eighties. I'm 41 if youíre trying to guess my age. I purchased the bike for $100.00 dollars (He offered to sell it to me for less but he told me thatís what it was worth to him.) I have installed a new Shimano chain (original broke), front fork (Remember the fork because I will get back to it) repacked all bearings, both de-railers adjusted, seat adjusted to my correct riding position (very sore butt.) cleaned and prepped. Cat Eye Astrale 8 computer ($14.95 from REI because package was opened! What a deal!) and new tape for the bars and a new helmet. First ride to Seal Beach along the river bike trail was a blast and I can't tell you how much fun I had. After riding the bike for more than seven runs to the beach and back I had a bit of an accident. I carry a backpack with my supplies in it. I was sweating up a storm so I had a bad idea of removing one of my arms to let my back breath, while peddling. Well when I removed one of my arms from the backpack it started to slide off my other arm and before I knew it a strap from the backpack caught the front wheel. Have you ever seen a jet engine suck a person into it? Thatís what it looked like. The next thing that happened is the front wheel was locked and threw me over the handlebars. I hit the ground running trying to keep from falling on my face. When I was able to stop running I walked back to my bike and the backpack was stuck in the forks and the forks were bent back at least three to four inches. After removing the backpack I found a tree and used the bike's frame to straighten the front forks. Luckily the bike seat absorbed most of the impact. I was able to ride the bike back. I have since replaced the front forks and man was that a pain. French bike=Metric=rare=why=FRENCH! The bike has new forks and rides great. I know I could have puchased a more modern bike but I love the looks and ride of this one. Just having fun I guess. Take care! Bill.