Mine was cobbled together out of two knackered bikes I found somewhere. I used my girlfriends dads brazing torch to fix the rear triangle of one the the front of the other. It looked like Frankensteins butchers bike. Single speed of course. I think that would have been in about 1985.
89 rockhopper in yellow with pink and blue decals, completely ineffective exage plastic rear u-brake, semi-indexed thumbies, etc. Did years of mtbing then commuting and went to the skip about six years ago when the drivetrain finally died.
Saracen Tufftrax here, probably 1991 ish. Altus groupset , elastomer suspension on the front. Wheel lasted on the front about 3 months before I stacked it and started the mail order buying from Merlin of my first XT part of a front hub and a Mavic 231? rim, I think. The got given some inheritance and bought a nickel laquered Orange P7 with pace RC35 forks and my first bike build. Then went into Konas, which made the P7 turn like a barge. Loved my Kilauea in a greeny/ blue matt finish. The got a King Kahunna Ti, which I rode for years, but still hanker for another Kilauea sp?.
A 1990 Emmelle 300 Classic which I bought to help me get back to fitness after a bad motorcycle accident in 1993. Biopace Chainrings, and a CroMo frame with bonkers gold crackle paintwork. Here it is in 2009 after I restored it to sell it.
First proper mountain bike that was up to the job was a Trek 930, must have been about 1994/5. It was red and black in colour, Rockshox Indy (I think) forks, shimano XT gearing, LX cantilever brakes (got changed to XT v brakes) and silver Mavic rims on black LX hubs. I loved that bike and would buy another if I could find a goon one.
Progressed onto a Trek Y22.. I think I lived that bike a bit more.. Been looking for a good one for ages but still no joy.
Raleigh Bomber for me around 86 I think. Then moved onto an Al Carter around 91/92 and started to really get into biking. Tens of thousands of pounds later and I’m still buying bikes and parts. Cheaper to be a junkie Ha ha!
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