New ‘Golden Era’ MTB Group takes Facebook by storm

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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.

UK MTB Golden Era 1989-99 appreciation group, retro bike, hemming, mcroy, deb murrell, sian roberts, tomac, overend, newnham, bike95, paul hinton
When MTB races had run-ups. Here’s Paul Hinton pre-Raleigh

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.”

UK MTB Golden Era 1989-99 appreciation group, retro bike, hemming, mcroy, deb murrell, sian roberts, tomac, overend, newnham, bike95, paul components,
There always has to be a shot of a Rasta Paul’s Component mech
UK MTB Golden Era 1989-99 appreciation group, retro bike, hemming, mcroy, deb murrell, sian roberts, tomac, overend, newnham, bike95, sbikes
An S-Bike. Look at that pivot point. LOOK AT IT!!

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.”

UK MTB Golden Era 1989-99 appreciation group, retro bike, hemming, mcroy, deb murrell, sian roberts, tomac, overend, newnham, bike95,
Andrew Titley rocking the full 1992 look, with Deb Murrell in the background
UK MTB Golden Era 1989-99 appreciation group, retro bike, hemming, mcroy, deb murrell, sian roberts, tomac, overend, newnham, bike95,
A Dave Hemming stoppie in his one-piece Trick Racing bodysuit. Bike ’95?
UK MTB Golden Era 1989-99 appreciation group, retro bike, hemming, mcroy, deb murrell, sian roberts, tomac, overend, newnham, bike95,
Sian Roberts passing Paola Pezzo at the 1994 World Champs in Vail

If you want to go and have a look, it’s here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/553464581472701/

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (3)

    I need that mech in my life!

    There I was just yesterday wondering what Paul Hinton was doing these days.

    I have an ace picture from bike 95 of me and pals with Jase Mcroy. Heady days.

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