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  • foxyrider
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    What year did you start mountain biking? who started the earliest? 😉 Me late commer – first Mountain bike was a heavy steel Carrera in 1996 and raced it in a Gorric series

    MrSparkle
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    89/90, I forget. Right old POS Raleigh.

    Premier Icon ton
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    1986, but off road with the ctc since 1978.
    still rubbish at it tho. 😳

    ajc
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    Some time in the mid to late 80’s. Had a diamond back ascent ex, it was the era of the muddy fox courier.

    jonb
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    86, I think that was the year I got my first bike!

    My first proper mountain bike in 2004 but I’ve been riding bikes since I was young.

    foxyrider
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    these are blasts from the past – name from History – nice to see the roots of the sport 😉

    ajc, was that the pearl white and smoke effect blue one? Lovely colour scheme!

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    about 1995 – still can’t do it properly though

    ajc
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    Captain that’s the one. It had a u brake in the best mud collecting location next to the bb.

    88/89 razzing about in the woods on Shogun Trailbreakers

    solamanda
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    Only 2003 for me!

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    1986- Dawes Tracker.-Exage country trail gears, Biopace Chainrings, and 501 Tubing..

    Wow i started in 2004 best thing i have ever done!

    Love it to bits

    U-Brake on the blue/whiote one? Don’t think so, it was Exage cantis, IIRC.

    Was yours the smoke grey one before?

    Not mine and ignore the build, but what a lovely paint job this was!

    Get yer memories right here – http://www.retrobike.co.uk/

    first mtb probably 89 and a raleigh, wouldn’t call myself an mtber till 93/94 when i got a lovely red dawes with a suspension folk!!!!!

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    Still got my wife’s 1995 Diamondback Ascent – seriously good deal from JE James in Rotherham.

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    Started in 1987 with a Marin Bear Valley

    Tracey

    1975ish – offroading before MTBs – not messing about in the woods either – more RSF type stuff. Lets see where this track goes…………………

    about 82 I converted a roadbike for offroading – cyclocross tubs and inverted cut off drops

    jack
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    1988/89?

    My Dad bought it for me, and got a 21″, plenty of room for a young lad to grow into….I can barely stand astride it now!

    TinMan
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    ’88 with a lovely Red Marin Palisades Trail.

    Even splashed out on 6w BLT halogen light for night rides.
    Was a good era, long gone

    Premier Icon oxym0r0n
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    Hmmm – technically 1990 Check out page 5 for my Ridgeback 601lx:
    http://www.mtb-kataloge.de/Bikekataloge/PDF/Ridgeback/Ridgeback1990.pdf

    Then went back to the darkside for a while (Specialized Epic Carbon jobbie)

    Before buying a 1996 P7, Nickel plated, with LX running gear and never looked back…

    bigyinn
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    Used to ride an old 5 speed dawes thing i got for free off a neighbour on the west highland way in the early eighties.
    Got my first proper mountain bike in 1989, it was a Giant Coldrock with 300LX grouppo and the original push push STIs. Happy days!

    gee
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    1995 aged 13.

    Many years of fun since, loads of happy memories 🙂

    GB

    Gradual thing for me, but I suppose 3 years this May, when I bought a proper mountain bike I really got into it.

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    December 2005. Gary Fisher Marlin which I still have and is now heavily upgraded.

    14 years old, so way back in 1988.

    Brings back memories of the succession of bikes that followed!

    Raleigh Mustang
    Emmelle COugar
    Marin Bear Valley
    Trek 8000
    Kona Cinder Cone
    Specialized Enduro

    aleigh
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    1987/8

    First bike a Scaracen Trekker with f&r U brakes

    20+ years later and still smiling 😀

    Lionheart
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    A bunch of oldies on here! And is this the off roading we did in the quarries long before MTBs were here, old Raliegh Jeeps metallic green with red mud/chain guards, we used to take the guards off, put bigger tyres on and race around what would now be an OK pump/bmx track about 1975 ish – so were we the original clinkers!?!

    Then rode/tested an early Specialized in the early 80s – but had my first MTB a Hardrock in 85-86 (people used to stop me all the time to ask what it was), replaced with a Stumpjumper in 88 which I still have….. then another one, then another one……. never really got much better and was pretty quickly overtaken by sprog James, who has flown past me since 11-12
    keep it up
    R Mountain (well hills really) Biking since 86

    1993 when I was 13!! wicked started with a £99 Emmelle Cheetah in Feb 94 progressed to a Kona Fire Mountain which is about to die on me!!! Wicked memories of my yoof…

    Filthy
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    87 on a raleigh maverick, then stopped in 94 and started again proper in 2004

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    86. Townsend colorado.

    First MTB was a Dawes Tracker 18speed in 1987 when I was 11!

    SSP

    I’m yet to ride a mountain

    ziggy
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    Got my first MTB back in ’87, an Emmelle Cougar with Exage Country bits

    Started real offroading about ’90

    Team lycra, toe clips and straps, hoooge shades 🙂

    scruzer
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    1990 but only got bike in 91. mine was a Dawes Rough Trade in 1991 i bought it to go travelling/touring in Israel when i had got the travel bug. Any one got Sept 1992 issue of MTB Monthly (now there’s a mag) can read about it…the Good ol’ Days!

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    Summer of 1990 on the Giant Hurricane I got for Xmas ’89

    vadar
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    I reckon i was mountainbiking on my raleigh grifter in the early eightees..
    Not a mtb as such but closer than a bmx..(had e few muddy fox and claude boz later)

    I jumped of every and anything with it ,,on and offroad trailz were a blast.

    WEEEEELLLLLLLLL Till it snapped..hehe

    BillyBull
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    I like to think of myself as pre flexi stem.

    jad
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    1989 after getting a copy of MBUK (Still got that issue). Pink Raleigh Mustang 8)

    r6ymy
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    Mid 80’s, had a Saracen Trekker same as saladdodger, my wife (still has) a Muddy Fox Courier mixte.

    clubber
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    1994 on a 1991 Marin Pine Mountain which i bought second hand for 500quid which I thought was silly money at the time 🙂

    I went to uni in Bristol shortly after which is when it really took off.

    noteeth
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    1990

    On a bright yellow Marin Muirwoods.

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