As a teenager I worked at a lumber yard and used my hard earned cash to buy a Schwinn Varsity. After two years I sold it to my brother and bought a World Voyageur in '74 that I still ride today. I didn't know anyone that had a Paramount or an upper level Raleigh or anything with Campy components. I didn't even know that racing existed in the US. Too bad there was no email back then. Or was there?