Why did you start riding?
I got bike for christmas when i was 3 and have been on two wheels ever since. As young kids we would set up obstacle courses and build jumps and just race about everywhere. I guess i’ve always considered bikes as toys and used them as such. In ’82 i got my first bmx and that was me really into bikes. Met a few lads around town who were mad keen too, and that was it. At that age we were all competitive and as a result we progressed quickly. We’d go racing at the weekends and try and out-trick/out jump each other during the week. Great times – thanks for the memories 😀 .
The gang members drifted off at we reached that age but a few of us kept at it. We were hardcore bikers 😆 . Road trips, building big jumps and real ramps and late night street riding – all the road fools stuff. At one point i had a miniramp and a set of dirtjumps in my (rented) house. Around this time (’95ish) i got into motorbikes and for a while both bikes got a piece of me. Slowly the engines took over and i stopped cycling altogether.
Fast forward 12 years and a pretty bad weekend (two local bikers died and one of my group lost a leg) forced my hand somewhat and i decided that maybe it was time to leave the big bikes for a bit. Considering the stupid stuff i’d got up to, i was very lucky to walk away heathly.
I needed something, so i dug the bmx out again. It was fun for a little while, but none of the gang were about and it felt really small compared to a big motorbike. A few friends had mtbs and i thought i’d give it a go. I hated it at first (bike kept breaking) but once i realised it wasn’t a bmx, we got on great. Six years later and i’m still loving it.
p.s. Loving this thread. Much more interesting than the wheel diameter onesPosted 4 years agomark88Member
Lived on the bike as a kid. Did quite a bit of BMX racing (being beaten by Brendon Fairclough in the British Champs) and MTB racing. Used Mum’s commuter to do local crit races and hill climbs.Posted 4 years ago
Briefly got into motorbike trials, my bikes went to fund that, lost interest in the road side of things.
As a teen had a few mates that raced downhill so used to tag along with them. Picked up a cheap Barracuda hardtail and rode dirtjumps and bits of DH.
Upgraded to a 24seven which I loved but got sold to fund my first car. Regretted it like mad once I had transport to go riding in different places but no bike to ride! Rode BMX for a while but at 6’3 and 15 stone never really suited the little bike and gave up.
Bought a cheap mountain bike again and got into riding singletrack and all day rides. Have since upgraded a couple of times and have just started racing.
Currently on an Athem 29er, soon to be chopped in for an XC bike and an AM bike.
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