I had no money at all back then so something like this was fairly major, if you can believe it. There are other things I wish I would discover, like my aero wheel cover, my skid-lid, and my Bell Stratos, but they are long gone in garage sales.
Back in that day, as so many are still saying, if you were interested in cycling you needed to get on board with the road scene. That was fine with me as a youngster but I am so glad that more practical and in some ways enjoyable expressions of bicycling are more widely available today. While Le Tour et al. still fascinate me, I myself wear fewer and fewer "team" items all the time (that includes spandex in the summers!).