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Old 03-21-16, 10:03 AM
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My name is Jeff, I'm 58 years old, and new to the forum (Or I wouldn't be posting here).

A little about myself:

Started riding back in High School when I got a Summer job at age 15 that was ten miles from home. One of the first things I bought with my excessive pay was a Gitane Tour de France to replace the Schwinn Stingray! Haven't ridden the Gitane in over 30 years, but I remember it as the best riding bike I ever owned. At some point several years ago, I stopped riding (long after the Gitane did) and started running. Something about marathons in Honolulu and London appealed to my sense of adventure.

Fast forward to today: Had to give up running. My knees won't cooperate any more. Saw the old Gitane sitting in the barn a few months ago and decided it would be nice to start riding it again.

Here's where the forum comes in. The old girl needs a lot of work. Thought of just getting a new bike but sticker shock, my interest in working on old things, and the fact that it was such a sweet ride, made me decide to upgrade the Gitane - new paint, new components, etc.

I've gotten lots of advice here, and most of my questions have been answered in old posts, but I still have questions, and it seemed like an appropriate time to join up.

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Old 03-21-16, 02:58 PM
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Welcome Jeff. Check out the Classic & Vintage forum for bike help and the 50+ forum to meet the other old timers. I hang out there. I'm 71.
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