- What made you start riding?
for me it was being banned of the school buses for selling some stolen matches to a diCk who then set fire to the back seat of the bus then getting me involved with the headmaster it was the best and the worst thing that ive ever done so started riding to school for 4 years then carried on from there.. 🙄
how about you?Posted 7 years agomtbfixSubscriber
My folks always rode to get to work so I had to ride to get to school once I was at secondary. Never enjoyed it until a friend got a Townsend mtb in ’88 and ragging that around the wasteground at the back of his house opened my eyes to the possibilities. Never looked back. Thank you Alex!Posted 7 years agosinglespeedstuSubscriber
Been into bikes all my life.
Started as a nipper on MX bikes and been into most types of bike ever since.
Schoolboy MX had only just started then BMX came along then MTB’s finaly started appearing and kind of took over from the motorised side of things for me.Posted 7 years ago
In the 60s a bike was a real item of desire for boys, up there with Jags, trains and rockets. So I put pocket money down each week for a new Dawes.Posted 7 years ago
The owner of the shop also ran a pro rider and was matey with the big names of the day. So when I put the final payment down as a reward he gave me Nigel Deans old race wheels. Campag hubs, Fiamme rims and Clement tubs, I can’t tell you how much of a big deal that was. He then put me in touch with a well known local roadman called ‘Gino’ Goddard. I joined a club that winter and was racing by Spring…..that was how it started for mematt_outandaboutSubscriberElfinsafetyMember
Loving Taka’s story! 😀
I was 16, wanted a ‘proper bike’, and these new-fangled ‘mountain bikes’ were all the rage. Purple splatter Raleigh Mustang; 15 gears, chunky 1.85″ tyres, the ability to go beyond where other bikes could. Even though it mainly got used pootling around the streets of London Town.
Best £180 I’ve ever spent, I’d say.Posted 7 years agoyossarianMember
Always loved bikes. Remember learning to ride on a raleigh kite and going ‘scrambling’ down the lane next to our house. When i got my first proper mountain bike years later it all made sense. BMX, road, mtb whatever, just turning the pedals and being out there is what matters.Posted 7 years agobuzz-lightyearMember
Around 2003, personal circumstances meant I had to give up my Munros campaign and travelling to go camping and hillwalking. Local walking was just not exciting or varied enough by comparison.
Although not a keen cyclist, I’d dabbled with off-road cycling since the mid-nineties and realized there was plenty of scope locally for developing it into an exciting pastime. It’s been a mainstay of my life ever since. Very occasionally, I get to go biking out of the local area too.Posted 7 years ago
Whilst looking up Nigel Dean I found a picture of Gino Goddard the guy that got me racing, and John MacMillan the bike shops pro rider. They’re still at it and this is from the Grand Prix Des Gentleman 2010.Posted 7 years ago
And I also noticed that the old boy I ride with on occasions was a pro rider for Holdsworth in the 60’s. If only I’d known of the company I was in back then 😕
And both in my old clubs colours.NorthwindSubscriber
I’ve started riding twice I guess… First time round my parents put me on a bike almost before I could walk, used to ride everywhere… Funny, my dad never rode a bike, never wanted to, but he really wanted us to ride.
And then I started again about 2 years ago- I’d stopped riding entirely for about 10 years, got bored of it, but I broke my hip then wrecked my knee and decided to get the old bike out just for exercise/therapy. And it turned out riding bikes is quite good, I’d just forgotten.Posted 7 years agoyunkiMember
natural progression in our family..
learn to sit.. learn to crawl.. learn to stand.. learn to walk.. learn to ride..
I didn’t ride for a few years in my 20s as I was engrossed in less wholesome pursuits..
when I came back to cycling I found that age and experience had diminished my skills and balls somewhat.. 😳Posted 7 years ago
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