When did you get your first MTB?
1986 when I bought a Claud Butler from Langsett Cycles which was knicked within a year and replaced with a Saracen Tufftrax.Posted 5 years ago
I wasn’t impressed at first. I had always cycled but had been racing off-road motorbikes which rather spoiled me for mtb. Once I realised I wasn’t going to get up Peak climbs as if I had 30 bhp at hand I really got into it and have stayed so over the last 26 years.
Incidentally I was interested to see in the article about older riders in the last issue, how many came from an off road motorbike background.
How many more of you are there out there?rossi46Member
Around 1992 or there abouts and it was this Bear Valley SE:
I always had a BMX up till that point- i played the old game of bluff with my parents to get it, saying id save up all my paper round money for an entire year to get it (yeah right! 😆 ).Posted 5 years ago
Fortunately mum and dad realised there was no way that was going to happen and that i really, really, really, really wanted this bike- so they bought it for me 😀
I also became really rather good at washing up and cleaning dads car at that point…..
I’ve been an MTB addict ever since.totalshellSubscriber
shogun 1988, replaced 1989 with clockwork orange which i still have. i cant remember in what order but spds and rockshox came out a little later ( the spd’s first i think ) i bought a pair of green sidi shoes they and shimano were all there was.Posted 5 years ago
i had one of the first pairs of mag 20’s when they were imported and when they were sold 20 years later the guy who bought them emailed for days insisting they were nt original and were really mag 21’s..Rusty SpannerSubscriber
Inspired by McMoonters magazine thread, just wondering when everyone got their first proper
I know loads of people had been razzing round the woods on Grifters, crossers, BMX’s and modified road bikes for yonks, but I’m thinking about 26 inch wheel, flat barred, designed for the purpose MTB’s.
Mine was a Reynolds 531 framed, dark green British Eagle, which I saw advertised in MBUK.
1991 I think. Never saw another one then, not seen one since.
Remember drooling over the first Muddy Fox bikes in a shop in Oldham when they first arrived, but could never afford one.
So what was yours? Would love to see some pictures too.
Ta.Posted 5 years agoJef WachowchowMember
1988, Raleigh Dune Dancer was my first. I was 17. Bought it on the never never from my mums Grattan catalogue! I was hoping it was going to be a BMX for grown ups but it wasn’t quite. It wasn’t until I borrowed a GT Timberline off a friend a few years later that I really got the bug.Posted 5 years agogusamcMember
bout 90ish, was a regular motorbike trail rider and the writing was on the wall for access back then, a bloke in the club ran a bike shop so Giant Terrago DX, and off I went. (Still used by a mates missus as a stable bike). However being a country boy every bike I ever had was a mountain bike, including my tricycle.Posted 5 years agoSannySubscriber
1987 Raleigh Maverick (Burgundy) with 15 (yes, count them, FIFTEEN!) gears. 😀 Sachs Rival mechs, Lee Chi Shifters, Cheng Shin centre ridge tyres, risers bars and a stubby stem before such things came into fashion (again) – happy days. I got it for my birthday from Halfords in Renfield St in Glasgow. It was a great bike…until the frame cracked which is something of a theme with me!
After that, I got an Orange Prestige from my folks (again , a birthday present). It was ace too…..until the frame cracked. Replaced by two Hecklers….which cracked. A Turner 5 Spot….which cracked. A Cove Hummer….which cracked. Hmmmm, perhaps I need to buy burlier bikes or not ride up and down mountains? That might do it!
SannyPosted 5 years agorogerthecatMember
87/88 and it was a Townsend from the bike shop in Shrewsbury – replaced with my current Kona Cindercone (well current frame anyway) a year later.
Super basic but still managed the Wrekin, Peaks, borders and the Long Minge.
All up IIRC it was about £99.00.
EDIT: Dave Mellor Cycles – cheers Dave, that’s 25 years of fun you got me into.Posted 5 years agogazcMember
my dad was a roadie and a bit of a mtb’er without really knowing it so we always had reasonably off road capable bikes. my first 26inch wheeled bike was some apollo thing he got me when i was about 12/13 and i rode that till i saved enough money from odd jobs till i got a raleigh rsp with stx-rc spec and indy c’s. good bike but weighed about the same as a neutron star… before that i rode a 24inch raleigh mustang mtb which was a bomb!!! probably still doing the rounds on a council estate somewherePosted 5 years ago
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