I'm new to the forum and new to "serious" cycling.
I bought a Centurion Iron Man Master for $60 and immediately went on a 20 mile ride. I like having an old classic to baby and try to restore. It's mechanically sound although I broke a shifter cable already. The paint is rough and was botched by a can of white Rust-O-leum. I want to ride it these next couple of months in CT and take it in for an overhaul this winter.
It's a great sport and hobby. At 47, it's also a preventative maintenance health plan! As I get up to speed (no pun intended) I want to look for groups that are doing weekend rides and I'll also be scouring e-bay for replacement parts...