Hello fellow classic bike pervs!
I joined Retro a while ago but have only just got around to posting anything...
I feel slightly young sometimes in here as a lot of the bikes people consider retro were made when I was far too young, and still very much living in my parents' pocket, to buy (or even know about...)
BUT, that said, I got into MTBing in 1997 and a couple of friends who had been doing it a touch longer passed on their know-how. Their passion for nineties kit rubbed off on me and has sayed with me ever since. (It was all Ben Langdon's fault, my purple-anodisation addiction! Bless 'im...)
He sold me my first 'proper' mountain bike: a 1996 Merlin Cycles Cromo:
(It then got new decals, which I wish I'd never stupidly replaced; some red-anodised bits, bought in a mad-moment; lots of lovely XT and LX; and plenty of the original purple bits).
The Merlin is now my commuter/touring bike and is absolutely great at its job.
I soon after bought a 1997 Kona Cinder Cone frame which went through many
incarnations. It is now very happily my #1 retro bike and I have a continuing mission to stuff as much purple anodising onto it as possible. It's getting there...
I also have a 1995/6 Orange P7 which is now, very sadly, a mere hack bike. I sold it to a friend a while back and it was driven into whilst locked up. The non-drive seatstay got mullered but (frankly incredibly!) the frame is still straight and rides fine. Solid Yorkshire engineering. He gave it back to me and it's still going strong.
Got other bikes too of course (a wicked orange Brompton and a brand new Orange P7 with a Rohloff plus a 2000 Kona Hahanna that's steel but not that retro but soon will be with its glow-in-the-dark decals...), but they're modern, though still cool.
Like to see pics? Yeah, me too. Will do as soon as I figure out how... Well, you could go here: http://jawj.fotopic.net/c854840.html
Well, that's me! I may be a newbie but I like to think I keep it real: steel's real, old's cool, nuff said.
A bike is for life, not just for Sunday