I bought a used Raleigh in 2014 and that's when I got back into biking. I learned that I don't like messing with the front derailleur so I converted mine to a 1x8 which suited me fine. I loved that bike and put a couple thousand miles on it. It shifted so smoothly, but (and I can't explain why) I started to have such a hard time keeping my tires from getting flats. I bought three other bikes since then so after my last flat I put it out at the end of the driveway (that's country code for free) and it was gone that same day.I always used a touring bike. Not a full on racer, more comfortable for long rides. I own a Raleigh.