In Summer 1978 I was walking past Keith Lambert's Cycles in Bingley when I noticed a Gold Benotto Paris Roubaix. It was £210 and I didn't have a ha'penny to rub my arse with. I'd just gone 18 so applied for a credit card which was accepted a couple of weeks later with a £200 limit, so off I rock to Lambert's for my first transaction - FAIL, obviously it was rejected but I didn't think they'd be that fussed for a tenner
Anyway my nan came to the rescue when I told her my sorry tale, she lent me the money and I rode it away the next day. I too was later seduced by the mountain bike 'fad' and flogged it to a mate cheap in the mid 80's.
So here I am in 2013 still scanning the classified and ebay in case one comes around that's the right size, you're definitely not alone in wanting to wind the clock back, buy one, you know it makes sense.