early 80's. it's been many years since... have recently acquired a frame and parts to build a new bike. then I got sidetracked by this whole motorcycle thing.... think I've gained like 10-15lbs in the last 6 months. really have to get my shit and bike put together and stop this trend. my area (san diego) has a club with a variety of brevet's, I hope to rekindle my fire and proceed from there. you have raced in the RAAM? you're my hero in that regards, I don't see such distances being in my future I am afraid. until perhaps after I retire (doubtful even then) in the meanwhile... couple/few hundred kilometers would be totally awesome.