Came about through my brother! When I was 13 him and a mate ad Â£100 bikes and went out and for some reason bought MBUK .. this was May 1993! They started riding a lot and bro went out and bought a Marin Pine Mountain and his mate got a Raleigh Lizard! I inherited my bro's old Emmelle Cheetah (Â£99 Halfords bike). Started tagging along and got roped into a local race .. turned up a won in my jeans and rugby shirt! Met a load of boys from local bike shop at the race so joined what was then Cardiff Cycle Centre! Spent all my hours getting muddy and saving up for new bike! In October 93 bought a Kona Fire Mountain, grey and purple .. loved that bike and after 3 months it got nicked! was gutted .. and as New Year began I had to buy the 1994 Fire Mountain .. remember I was gutted as it was red and I didn't like it! Soon grew to love it with my Onza pedals and Nike Poo Bah shoes!!
Cardiff Cycle Centre closed down so we all decided to start a new club, since there was a roadie club called Cardiff ajax we decided to call ourselves Cardiff JIF as a pi** take!! Cyclopaedia opened and everything revolved around the shop! I remember bunking off school to go there and help them paint the walls! Sitting on milk crates dealing in 2nd hand bikes with the odd chain set on the wall!
Was racing lots around Wales and winning! Was welsh cyclo cross champ and Welsh Junior champ in 1996.
I still have that Kona running like a beauty and now it's all XTR'd up! about 3 years ago I put some old PACE RC35 suspension forks on and took it to Morzine .. ground the elastamers away in 2 days and formed a newly rigid bike again!!
It was only 2 years ago I bought a new bike, Giant Reign 2!! Still have my Kona as my winter bike but love it as it has so many fond memories of my youth!
cannot imagine life without my MTB! Morzine downhilling every year for the last 5!! Off to Morocco in April on a tour.
Cardiff JIF running strong and produced some great cyclists ... Geraint Thomas (infamous team pursuiter from Beijing) was a member! Ian Jeremiah (who owns Cyclopaedia) was 14th in Commonwealths in Manchester! shop is still running strongly.
Oh my youth of spending all summer in the mountains with squashed sandwiches and my Dad so understanding letting his 15 yr old daughter out MTBing all day with lads of 20-25yrs old (and yes it was completely all innocent!).
As you can gather I LOVE MTBING!!!!!