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  1. #1
    'Carpe diem'
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    My name is Jim Harrell and I live in Rockville, MD. I am 51 years old and only recently (within the last two years) developed a passion for bicycling. Prior to that, I devoted most of my spare time to restoring and racing vintage sports cars (mostly Porsche with the occassional British car just to sample the opposite end of the spectrum...lol). I'm pretty much a roadie, with an occassional excursion onto the C&O Canal towpath on my hybrid bicycle. I purchased a NOS Raleigh 'Super Gran Prix' and a NOS Raleigh 'Gran Prix' from two separate guys on ebay. Both of these bicycles were in their original factory cartons, unassembled, with all documentation. I think the 'Super Gran Prix' is a 1978 model and the 'Gran Prix' is a 1980 model. I like the feel of a steel frame beneath me. I recently purchased a 2003 LeMond 'Tourmalet' frame and fork that I'm going to build up for this year. My hybrid is a Raleigh 'Dash AL' that I acquired some time ago that has served me well over the years. I just like to get out early in the morning on weekends and just go. Evenings, weather permitting, I'll log a quick 15-20 miles before dinner. When I retire, I think I'd like to find a job in a bicycle shop somewhere and just turn wrenches when I'm not out riding.
    Last edited by RaleighGP; 03-01-05 at 01:17 PM.

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    Huachuca Rider webist's Avatar
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    I haven't been anywhere near the C&O since the early/mid seventies. Welcome to the forums. Your retirement idea sounds great!
    Just Peddlin' Around

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    Hi Jim, and welcome. You'll fit in well with all us other cycling wack-jobs!

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    Glad to see another DC-area bike fanatic.

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    scofflaw
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    Greetings Jim !!! I'm a dumb as a post ( s far as brands ans names) and your cycles are probably
    great .... but whatever.....welcome to the wonderful world of cycling! the world is amazing at 14 miles per hour regardless of your ride.

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    'Bent Brian
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    Welcome to the forums. Ah, yes, the 'ol Raleigh Grand Prix. A nice riding/handling bike. I loved mine. I have the frame from my old Raleigh Grand Prix hanging in the garage. after the Raleigh came the Trek 1000 but now I'm on a recumbent. Just can't ride DF much any more. Sounds like you have a fun plan for retirement.

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    Welcome. If you have an interest, drop by the 50+ forum.
    DnvrFox - still bicycling, swimming, walking and weight lifting at 74yo is participating a bit in BFN 50+.

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    Double Naught Spy TrekDen's Avatar
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    Been looking at the 05' Raleigh Grandsport's myself. Nice bike, at a nice price.

    05' Grandsport

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    I still have the Raleigh Grand Prix I bought in 1983. I mainly use it for summer
    commuting.

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