- Let's see your historic mountain biking pics
Anyone realise or care what this photo represents? Any idea who the riders are? I know who they are, just asking the masses… In an attempt at educating the youth of today about the past (passed) masters.
All that carry-on with the mega can be written off as enthusiasm for a new bike, but this? This is just Unabashed knobbery…now get tae!Posted 8 years agoalthepalSubscriber
Also looks like a retro yeti he’s on.. Love that headtube logo! Could have googled Miles Rockwell to get an idea of what years he rode for Yeti but would only have done so to appear as if I knew it so won’t bother!Posted 8 years ago
To be fair to 2retro4u wasnt he one of the original repackers?? So in fairness to his handle, he’s prob gonna have a stack load of important MTB pics!!
ps, not meaning to be rude retro, sure you mentioned your real name a while back but can’t remember and even if I could not my place to “out” you!!
Anyways, I like the old pics, take me back to when I was about twelve and reading about mtbs in mags!!The Swedish ChefMember
That’s the one!
Tomac – Check
Drop bars – check
Tioga disk back wheel – check
There is a bike shop over here with one of those Yeti frames he raced on, (as in he raced it, not just a replica), and those AlpineStars shoes he raced in, go there just to inspired every so often. Class.
We need a picture of Tim Gould winning the world champs hill climbPosted 8 years agogravity-slaveMember
Rockwell and JMC – awesome race! Rockwell leads to the last few turns and JMC sticks a pass for the win! It was 1993. I was in Boston (US,not Lincs!) on a family holiday and saw it live on TV and still remember it clearly!
edit – doh, just watched the YouTube video – amazing race!Posted 8 years agomudriderMember
CaptainFlashheart wrote: “This is a very important bike in the history of the sport”… …”Am sure someone else knows what it is….”
Brakes wrote: “Its a Cleland Clunker!”
I like the idea of a Cleland Clunker but Clunkers were modified from existing Scwinn bikes whilst this is the purpose built around a custom made frame. The Cluncers were American and this is English designed and made. The Clunkers used 26″ wheels and this is a 29er. It was designed by Geoff Apps who is holding it in the photo and the frame was made in Liverpool by Bill Whitcomb who I believe was an apprentice of Harry Quinn. The photo was taken in early 1984 and appeared in the second edition of Bicycle Action that same year. Gary Fisher and other US pioneers new about this bike about 1981, though the poor availability of its 700c and 650b Finnish snow tyres meant that they were not a practical alternative for early mountain bike production. But Gary’s experience of using these larger tyres may have inspired him to commision the WTB to make some 29″ Nanoraptor Tyres and so make the manufacture of modern 29ers possible.Posted 8 years agomudriderMember
Rare footage of English off-road cycling pioneer Geoff Apps, riding the Cleland Aventura bicycle he designed, through the Chiltern Hills mud. This type of mud riding was commonplace but rarely photographed or videoed.
Riding conditions were often far worse than those shown and sometimes the mud churned up by the horses was too deep and sticky to be ridden. These Cleland bikes could cope with several days of riding in muddy conditions without any maintenance being required or long-term damage to components being caused. This durability led to muddy conditions being sought out and enjoyed whilst riders of other bikes preferred to seek out dryer trails and weather.
Why 30 years on, mountain bikers prefer to get cold, wet and damage their bikes rather than fit mudguards is a mystery to me. But this macho approach could be the reason why so few women cycle off-road and why so many riders seem to prefer well drained trail centres.
For more information and history visit the [url=http://clelandcycles.wordpress.com]Cleland Cycles website[/url]Posted 7 years ago
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