There are many Facebook groups dedicated to cycling niches and there are whole websites (Retrobike, we’re looking at you) full of dodgy old tat collectable old retro components. However, there’s new Facebook group that launched last week and has gained 2,500 followers already in a week – it’s called the ‘UK MTB Golden Era 1989-99 appreciation group’ and it’s a group with a difference.
Rather than dry shots of purple components and misty-eyed super fans talking about how amazing it was to see Dave Hemming jump the doubles at Newnham in 1993, this group appears to be made up from the very people that it is dedicated to. So, along with fan photos of Hemming and Paul Hinton and Sian Roberts, those riders are posting their own photos from back in the day.
It’s certainly a lively group and expect to have your mailbox melt down if you accept every email notification from it, but if you were there ‘back in the day’ or have a passing interest in the Tomac, Tinker, Alexander, Baker and Gould era of mountain biking, it’s well worth a visit.
Organiser, Shane Lawton says of it:
“I created this group for all to post about, chat about all things golden era mtb. A decade that shaped the mountains bike world.
Please post pictures of iconic riders, bikes etc from this era and help to keep those memories alive.”
Declan Hicks (remember Zero Components? That was him) says of it:
“I have to say this page has made laugh so much the laptop’s keyboard needs a clean due to amount of beer/tea/coffee spat out in laughter over it in the past few days, my wife who I had not met at this time of my life is sat next to me wondering what is funny about strange purple things and men in lycra. Utterly brilliant stuff folks, I shall be digging out the picture albums next. I’m sure I have some truly embarrassing photos to post up of heinous fashion crimes and various bits of broken bikes injuries to suit.”
If you want to go and have a look, it’s here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/553464581472701/