Wearing a rim down enough to cracking them under brakingPosted 4 years ago
Removing the bar brace and the bars bending
Pulling on the brakes and not stopping
Having mtb kit which was basically the road kit rebadged
Strong light cheap pick 2 being a tough choice, now the cheap kit is stronger and lighter than some of the old expensive kit.
People complaining about these new riders who didn’t get the heritage
The rose tinted lensesdoordonotMember
The early 90’s UK and US race scene and all the personalities: Tomac v Frishnekt, Furtado, David Baker, Tim Gould, Caro Alexander, Julie Dibbens (?), Barrie Clarke, Giove, Tinker etc.
Grundig WC 1993 at Plymuff (where I put down my age ‘incorrectly’ on the race entry form) and managed to get entry into the WC qualifier. Iirc Dave Baker also had to enter the qualifier. Got dropped before the first river crossing which technically wasn’t even out of the start funnel. I got a good cheer from the crowds as I skidded down the pipeline on my fully rigid Hahanna.
RinglePosted 4 years ago
The emergence of full suss: Ritchey flexi-chain stays (or was it Cannondale?)
‘L’ shaped anodised purple or blue bar endsmattbeeSubscriber
For me the ’90s were riding Llangollen, Ruabon etc on a bike with a heady 50mm of suspension that cost me my whole 1st year student loan.Posted 4 years ago
The switch from canti to v brake, the feeling of power seems daft today.
Freezing not only brake but gear cables riding in the winter.
Sticking a gold Troy Lee peak on my Bell helmet and being called Tron by my riding busies for years even after I got rid of it.
Riding my mates Sintese full suss and thinking it was awesome as I bounced up and down kerbs.
Other mates Pro Flex stopping being suspension in the winter.
Riding Llandegla before it was a trail centre (anyone else remember ‘mud valley’, the trail through it to the aqueduct that ran straight down from the sleeper bridges?)
First trip to Coed y Brenin, sitting in the little shed type building Sian and Dafydd’s cafe was in hoping the torrential rain would stop as I hadn’t brought wet weather gear.
Poring over the adverts in MBUK and drooling over stuff in Alf Jones in Wrexham.
God, I could go on……
Halcyon days. So glad I was there for them.ferralsMember
Huge XC race fields,
I really miss this, couldn’t believe how small the XC scene is when I got back into riding a couple of years ago – seems like the big fields have migrated to cyclocross – get a similar feel racing that as when i used to race youth and junior back in the day.
In a similar vein to PP’s boobies, I distinctly remember the ‘blue’ bit of Chainspotting – just the thing for a teenage boy 😳
The switch from cantis to V-brakes was crazy, I had te red DX ones to match my red dx pedals 🙂 I also remember being crazy jealous of my friends magura hydraulic rim brakes.
Also spent so much time trying to hop on and off pallets, trials style, emulating hans rey and the two martynsPosted 4 years agoBFITHMember
Purple, lots of purple….. purple socks, purple ear warmer, purple ron hill waterproof. Oh, and before I got any padded cycling shorts I wore ‘Global Hypercolor’ shorts….remember them….changed colour with the heat from your body. What was I thinking?Posted 4 years ago
Massive Duracell lights that took 2 D batteries each – 2 on the bars and one on the seatstay (still got them in the shed somewhere).
Smoke and Dart.
Getting my first suspension forks – RS Quadra 10.40mpgSubscriber
Bolting racks all over the bike, and bash bars under the BB and over the derailleur. Proper Iron ones too, possibly made in a school metalwork lesson.
Wondering why, after all this, a puny fifteen year old could get so tired after lugging a 30lb bike with another 10lb of junk bolted on it all round the forest, day after day on the long summer after O levels.
Becoming very fit very quickly, racing said monster bike in cyclocross all winter.
The stupidity of youth eh?Posted 4 years agolungeSubscriber
Big adverts for Wheelbase in MBUK and getting my Mom to order pedals from them.
Dirt, still the only mountain bike video that really makes me wants to get out there and ride with my mates.
BASEjump pedals by Rob Warner.
Buying my first pair of DMR V12’s and them being a revelation after the above.
Bike ’95/96/97 at the NEC.
Buying heavy, high rise, narrow Profile carbon bars from there.
V-brakes completely changing the braking world. Disks were better still but v-brakes were a revelation.
The Malvern Classic.
Palmer on an M1 with stars and stripes livery.
Tricks and Stunts with Martyn Ashton and Martin Hawes.
Rob Warner winning the UK’s first. DH world cup race (Kaprun I think).
Lusting after a Pace RC200,
Spending all my money in Halesowen Cycles.
120mm stems being the norm.
Riding the trails around Alpe D’Huez in about 1994 with a guy who I later found out was a legend of the first UK racing scene. I can’t remember his name but saw him mentioned by Nick Craig in an article in MBUK 10 years ago. I remember talking to him about suspension forks and him being adamant it was only for DH.
Answer Flat Foot shoes with the original red DX SPD pedals.
Onza Ules and sticking them on with my Mom’s hairspray.
Creaking, flexy square taper cranks and BB’s.
Barrie Clarke and Paul Hinton.
I could go on…Posted 4 years agoPoopscoopSubscriber
For me it’s the lack of complexity of it all. No bike or tyre choice, no trail centres, you just rode your bike on local trails
Many things, but that comment sums a lot of it up.
Also simple nolstalga for my youth, everything was new and exciting back then including MTB’s..Posted 4 years agomamadirtMember
Wearing a rim down enough to cracking them under braking
MalvernsPosted 4 years ago
Bullet Bros chain tensioner
Zip-tieing a noose around my fork steerer and front straddle wire as I was paranoid of a front tyre/straddle cable interface . . . just me? 😳
Scott Unishocks . . . boing!!
Blue and pink Sidis
Local Motion DominatorsorangeboyMember
I still have an old killi flyer with rst mozo pro w forks they cost a fortune new and now they seem rubbish if still light.
Some things I do miss like shimano threaded headsets that just worked a never came loose
And maybe I should not admit to this but still build most of my own wheels with purple nipplles as a little reminder of lazy summer days racing my mates in the SAMS xc series.
I’d forgotten about chain spotting now off to find a downloadPosted 4 years agomick_rSubscriber
Mavic rims (231?) with super narrow brake track – My mrs was constantly putting flat spots in them, so every weekend seemed to consist of trying to stop the brake pads rubbing through the tyre.
Conti Cross Country 1.5 tyres if it was a fast course.
Original Judy XCs. Then Pace MXCD the next year.
Sachs Quartz groupset.
Many hours of swearing trying to fit a “Power Spring” to a Shimano rear mech.
World Championships where we sent a full team even if they weren’t likely to make the podium.
World Championships with 175 riders in the women’s race (see above).
I remember a downhill at Eston where he started 1 minute after my wife. On the start line she got a slightly menacing “Are you next? Because I’M behind you…” She never saw him on the course, and in the results he was a whole second faster 🙂Posted 4 years agoduncancallumSubscriber
Mavic 217s in sunset
purple anodised shite
awsome V brakes (I prefer wheeling my 1998 saracen killi as my awesome parallel push xt Vs and my speed dials (2.0 dontcha know) give better modulation than my discs
CNC machined stems
heres my 2 retro steeds
its been well ridden and is a bit of a bitsa some stuff came off my 1995 taho but I love it, even if it tried to kill me,
still ride it occcasionaly should take it to a MNPR
and my o/hs SunnPosted 4 years agozippykonaSubscriber
I miss having the time to ride whenever I wanted.Posted 4 years ago
I miss the riding buddies I had in Devon , Surrey and on the South Coast.
I miss deciding with which bunch to ride.
Now riding is mainly a solo project tagged onto commutes or quick blasts while dinner is in the oven.
However, it’s still riding a bike and it’s still fun.fd3chrisMember
I miss my old proflex 995 which I bought after a long drive to Caversham. I think the shop was called Mountain High? It cost me a fortune back then and a week later I went back for the girvin forks. All because I saw it on the cover of a mountain bike mag and fell in love with it. I sold it around 2005 on ebay to an old guy who wanted a pootle around bike for £150 and he loved it. It was still pretty much immaculatePosted 4 years ago
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