Greetings from the north of England. Iím 57, and a former legal advocate for a large utility company, now semi-retired. My road bike is a Dawes Galaxy from the seventies, currently in pieces for repainting. Also around the place are a Hercules 3-speed from 1982 (essentially a Raleigh in all but name), a Vindec shopper (similar to a Raleigh Twenty, but better-built and without the thread compatibility issues), and my wifeís two mountain bikes which Iím having to borrow while the Dawes is laid up. Iím really interested in Schwinns, which are a rarity over here, and my ambition is to own a New World or something similar. Iím building the Dawes as a 5-speed, because I think you can have too many gears. Just build up your legs and youíll sail up the hills. As for all this fixed-wheel nonsense, Iíve been there years ago. Isnít freewheeling natureís way of rewarding us for the effort of climbing the hills? A passing fad, in my opinion.