Your first 'proper' bike?… Photo's please!
Just digging through some old photo’s and found this… excuse the poor scan quality…. My first ever ‘proper’ bike, fitted some 4.5″ mozo pro’s to it.
I bunny hoped a 39″ cane on this beast!!!
Can anyone remember what the spring thingy was that I fitted that added tension to the rear mech?
Amusingly I seemed to have gone full circle and am currently eyeing up steel frames for running 5″ travel forks 16 years on!
Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
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Late to the party after spending my teens climbing it’s an Orange Evo2 second hand from a mate (red jacket), I busted the bombers landing hard at cannock in the old quarry then managed to detach the rear triangle somehow. In that group there is also one of them white thingies from way back when!
before that I had a MBK Monaco from about ’94.warpcowMember
My first proper one, after various Raleighs, etc, was one of these (not my pic):
A Balance AL 350 from about 95. I had Marz. XC700s on mine (50mm of the noodliest suspension fork ever) after snapping the original rigid forks casing a jump.
Then came this (mine, as it is now):Posted 4 years ago
Untitled by warpcow, on Flickr
A 97 Lava Dome. It had a Judy DH on it for ages, which everyone said was stupid, cos no one needed 100mm of suspension, right? It was, and still is, excellent.chrisdwSubscriber
This was my first proper bike. Had a couple of cheapy ones before. But this took me on expeditions around Scotland and did the obligatory stair hucking in front of the ladies.
I bought this shortly after and owned both for a couple of years. Take note of retro zocchi’s with bolt on arch.
Rode this everywhere. Over the summer i would ride 10 miles to my mates house. Spend the day riding, then ride 10 miles back. Pretty much every other day. Even entered an XC race on it. Who knows why I didn’t take the trek!Posted 4 years agomomoSubscriber
’93 Kona Hahannah, christmas present when I was 13, don’t think I’ve got any pictures of mine sadly.
I’ve still got the forks somewhere in the garage (and the purple Ging chain tensioner!) as I upgraded it with a set of Marzoccki XC51 forks with a whole 2″ of plush suspenion!
Posted 4 years agoD0NKSubscriber
Photo pinched from retrobike
First none-BSO* pimped it up a bit as my paper round/shop job allowed. Farmer john nephew tyres then some ritchey megabite and think I tried the ubiquitous smoke/dart combo too, swapped the c10 shifter/levers for A20 rapid fire stis, some wider (23″!) lighter bars, bar ends, finally stumped up the money for new wheels, some LX parallax hubs with very shiny rims – might have been campag, just before some scrote nicked it.
*debatablePosted 4 years agoelliott-20Member
Not mine but I had one just like this. Still remember spending all day with my dad going out looking for a bike. Then we ended up at Dees in Amersham and struck a deal.
I still remember it was £350 plus free Onza bar ends (should have been over £400) as we said we’d seen a Saracen in High Wycombe that was better specced.
Loved the Marin. Eventually sold it to a mate but it was nicked a few months later 🙁Posted 4 years agotandemwarriorsMember
Muddy Fox Courier circa 1989. To be fair this is actually the 2nd proper bike. Before this was the red special edition Courier with the seatstay U-brake and Exage groupset. The headtube bust after 6 months and was replaced with this. Which in turn broke after 11 months, by which time the Clockwork had been born……
Isn’t fashion a wonderful thing 🙂
RobPosted 4 years agoBristolPabloMember
This was my first proper bike, its a Specialized Rockhopper Sport with snowflake wheels from Merlin. I gave it to a mate who needed a bike to commute on and lost touch with him, then saw it again in Bristol City Centre near Cabot Circus like this, badly locked up. The saddle, pedals and riser bars were different but I doubt there are too many of these around with those wheels…Posted 4 years ago
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