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John Vallins


John starting riding bikes properly in 1990 with a very large Raleigh Mirage mountain bike. The Raleigh was ridden for countless miles until an unfortunate incident with a stout tree. A spiralling upgrade path ensued which took in road and mountain bikes made from many materials and from many countries. The upgrading stopped in the mid 90s and ultimately led to formation of retrobike in 2005. John still rides regularly and mostly like steel and thumbshifters.


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huelse’s Ibis 1989 SS Kogler special edition is the ‘Special Edition Special’ BoTM February 2014

March 11th, 2014

huelse's Ibis 1989 SS Kogler special edition The February 2014 ‘Special Edition Special’ Bike of The Month contest was taken by huelse’s Ibis 1989 SS Kogler special edition.

The full result is as follows

1. huelse’s Ibis 1989 SS Kogler special edition
2. oneschnark’s Fat Chance 10th Anniversary
3. jonnyboy666′s 1993 Orange Aluminium Elite Limited Edition Gold

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wadsy’s 1993 Diamondback Axis Team Titanium is Bike of The Month January 2014

February 10th, 2014

wadsy's 1993 Diamondback Axis Team TitaniumThe January 2014 Bike of The Month contest was taken by wadsy’s 1993 Diamondback Axis Team Titanium, from some excellent machines as is shown by the three way tie for 2nd place!

The full result is as follows
1. wadsy’s 1993 Diamondback Axis Team Titanium
2= Giom6′s 1992 John Samways Formula One
2= Richieb’s 1990- Brodie Catalyst
2= mauricer’s 1990 Rocky Mountain Blizzard

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Tushingham B-52 – Orange Mountain Bikes pre-history

January 21st, 2014

Tushingham B52UK MTB scene stalwarts Orange Mountain Bikes can trace their ancestry back to wind surfing company Tushingham. Orange’s Lester Noble worked for Tushingham back in the 80s and there the Tushingham mountain bike range was designed. The lucky owner of this Tushingham B-52 which is being offered for sale on ebay picked it up without realising the bike’s significance and is now selling it. The B-52s apparently came from the same factory as the Muddy Fox Courier, hence numerous similarities. Tushinghams are a rare beast, later in the 80s Lester Noble went on to form Orange with Steve Wade and the rest is very much history!

Click here to discuss in the forum.

CCMDoc’s 1989 Merlin/Mongoose John Tomac Signature is Bike of The Month December 2013

January 20th, 2014

CCMDoc's 1989 Merlin/Mongoose John Tomac SignatureThe December 2013 Bike of The Month contest was taken by CCMDoc’s 1989 Merlin/Mongoose John Tomac Signature, from some excellent machines.

The full result is as follows
1. CCMDoc’s 1989 Merlin/Mongoose John Tomac Signature
2. Giom6′s 1992 Zinn Z-Centaur
3. theproscloset’s Missy Giove Yeti ARC ASLT

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Top Ten Christmas Gifts for Cyclists

December 17th, 2013

Top ten Christmas Gifts for CyclistsStuck on last minute Christmas gifts for the cyclist and retrobiker in your life? There is still plenty of time to pick something up either from your local bike shop or most of the online retailers. Let us help you avoid a last minute dash to Marks & Spencer’s for a pack of socks on Christmas Eve with our top ten last minute gift guide. (more…)

Retrobike 2013 Christmas Specials

December 13th, 2013

The Christmas 2013 Specials are now online, click here to see the Retrobike Xmas Specials. We are doing various bundle deals all of which represent a massive saving off normal price.

Numbers are limited to stock so if you want a combo be quick :D

girlonbike’s 1990 Fat City Team Comp is Bike of The Month November 2013

December 6th, 2013

girlonbike's 1990 Fat City Team CompThe November 2013 Bike of The Month contest was taken by girlonbike’s 1990 Fat City Team Comp, from some very strong competition.

The full result is as follows
1. girlonbike’s 1990 Fat City Team Comp
2. mr_ship’s Alpinestar’s Ti-Mega
3. Stumpjumper1990 1991 Specialized Stumpjumper Epic

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Halaburt’s 1996 WTB Steel Phoenix is the ‘Halloween Special’ BoTM October 2013

November 28th, 2013

Halaburt’s 1996 WTB Steel Phoenix The October 2013 ‘Halloween Special’ Bike of The Month contest was taken by Halaburt’s 1996 WTB Steel Phoenix.

The full result is as follows

1. Halaburt’s 1996 WTB Steel Phoenix
2. Noka78′s 1988 Fat Chance Wicked in pumpkin-orange
3. landsbee’s 1992 Salsa A La Carte

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Jason McRoy’s Specialized FSR Downhill Mountain Bike “Mammoth Mountain ’95″

November 27th, 2013

Jason McRoy's Specialized FSR Downhill Mountain BikeThe word legend is one which is used all to readily, especially in sporting endeavour. For a select few the titled is deserved, the sadly late Jason McRoy was surely one of those. In the days when MTBing was still a relatively young sport and many retrobikers still young men JMC took on the best in the world and in many cases won. His life was tragically cut short but the memory lives on. The McRoy family have been auctioning some of his bikes with proceeds going to charity. This FSR was the last bike Jason raced on and was sold earlier this year for a shade over £5K. The seller has relisted it, once again some proceeds are going to the JMC Foundation. Check the auction out here > JMC Specialized FSR and discuss in the forum here.

Greenstiles Rest In Peace

November 5th, 2013

nigel_tillettWe were extremely saddened to learn that forum regular Greenstiles aka Nigel Tillett has passed away following a motorcycle accident on Saturday 19th October

There is a thread setup here in Nigel’s memory, please post your thoughts there.

The funeral is to take place on Friday 8th November, a collection is being made in Nigel’s memory for ASPIE, an Asperger’s charity in Worcester which was a cause close to Nigel. Details on both are contained here.

Our thoughts go out to Nigel’s widow Alison and young son Alexander in this difficult time. Greenstiles, wherever you are mate, RIP.

Win Exposure Sirius light with bikedeals!

October 9th, 2013

bikedeals exposre sirius front lightbikedeals is a new website that has been launched to save cyclists time and money by presenting the best deals currently on the market all in one place.

To celebrate the site’s launch bikedeals are giving away an exposure sirius light! All you have to do to win this fine prize is register on the site (which is easy) and post on the competition thread, full details here.

Bikedeals.cc presents the best deals currently on the market all in one place. The bikedeals community analyse the UK bike retailers (e.g. Wiggle, CRC, Evans Cycles) looking for the biggest and best deals and then share them on bikedeals.cc daily. We use our extensive experience and respond to the market and current trends to present the best deals. We’re unbiased in the deals that we feature and many of the products we present are tried and tested by the bikedeals.cc community.

Bikedeals also collates cycling vouchers and discount codes for money off on all the main biking sites. These vouchers are usually only valid for a few days but are worth keeping an eye on for the keen bargain hunter; examples include 15% off all clothing at Evans Cycles, 15% off everything at ProBikeKit.

Sebastian’s 1991 MERLIN Titanium is Bike of The Month September 2013

October 8th, 2013

Sebastian's 1991 MERLIN TitaniumThe September 2013 Bike of The Month contest was taken by Sebastian’s 1991 MERLIN Titanium, from some really top rides, very little to chose between the top three on quality or votes.

The full result is as follows
1. Sebastian’s 1991 MERLIN Titanium
2. hollisters 1990 tropical jellybean salsa ala carte
3. SYN-CROSSIS 1992 GT XIZANG TITANIUM

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Retro and Vintage at the Cycleshow 2013

September 27th, 2013

Retrobike was lucky enough to attend the 2013 Cycleshow at the NEC on the Thursday Press / Trade day. Having not been to a mainstream bike show for a few years (not since the defunct ‘Bike Show’) it was good to see such a large show with a diverse number of exhibitors – it would certainly seem that cycling is indeed in the ascendancy. Our overall highlights of the show were as follows

*Seeing Daley Thompson (legend!)
*Plenty of manufacturers turning out high end steel race frames. Not because it’s niche but because it’s a fine material for the job.
*Depth and breadth of stands, everything from the big corporate displays from the usual suspects down to much smaller companies with some interesting products.
*The proliferation of utility bikes, commuting bikes and e-bikes. Are we on the verge of a paradigm shift here in the UK?
*The real high end stuff. The game keeps moving on, some of the £10k+ Pinarellos and their ilk with electronic gearing were things of functional beauty.

Of course being firmly rooted in the past here at retrobike we cast our beady eyes over the stands and exhibitors with items of interest to the retro aficionado. There was plenty there to interest the cyclist who can recall the last time a steel frame won a major bike race, however don’t come here expecting fancy lugwork and beards. Our highlights were as follows (more…)

Sebastian’s 1995 GLEISS MTB Monobox is Bike of The Month August 2013

September 11th, 2013

Sebastian's 1995 GLEISS MTB MonoboxThe August 2013 Bike of The Month contest was taken by Sebastian’s 1995 GLEISS MTB Monobox, from some very strong competition.

The full result is as follows
1. Sebastian’s 1995 GLEISS MTB Monobox
2. Rumpfy’s 1990 Bontrager OR
3. Dossa’s 1990 Ridgeback 704XT

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BoTM July 2013 ‘Muddy Fox vs Orange vs Saracen Special’ is nevadasmith’s 1989 Orange Formula

August 21st, 2013

nevadasmith's 1989 Orange Formula The July 2013 ‘Muddy Fox vs Orange vs Saracen Special’ Bike of The Month contest was taken by nevadasmith’s 1989 Orange Formula.

The full result is as follows

1. nevadasmith’s 1989 Orange Formula
2. Rodrigues’ 1989 Saracen Kili Flyer Comp
3= Gravy Monster’s 1989 Saracen Trekker Competition UU
3= The History Man’s 1997 Muddy Fox Rock N Roll TEAM

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