Stumbled into this magnificent, if guilty pleasure trip of a site last week and now cannot leave it alone... What can I say - it's brought some hazy memories flooding back: Broxa Forest (that first lap on the moto x course of the Nationals); falling in love with the Nishiki Alien; Tomac at Newnham (and me surviving the Pipeline!); Polaris in the Lakes - snow wiping out the pros on the saturday; NWMBA...
Those of you that are 45 'ish too will know where I've been - bringing up the rear of a fair few Sports class races in the first half of the Nineties!
Since got into motorbikes and old cars - can't really remember where the off road thing stopped, but it did
. I started with the ubiquitous and sadly missed US-spec Zaskar (upgraded with some early Pace suspenders when they became available); then on to a ProFlex 955 with orange Bombers - both long gone.
I have still got a cheapo Kona singlespeed (can't be bothered to take the black tape off to find out the crazy name they gave it!) which has some coolish leftover bits on it (snowflake patterned wheel on a skimpy Hope hub; titanium flite etc. - always gets those in the know stroking their beards!) - just used as a beer scoot currently. There's a Ballistic (from Neil Walton's in Didsbury) with Kona Project Two's for weekend trail riding; and a 2004 (tssk!) Marin Rocky Ridge in the cellar that has been ridden thrice - moden bikes just don't make the pulse quicken, it seems!
Have just 'won' a new old stock Ibis Alibi frame from eBay (see another thread) - so I can play along with you guys and recreate my lost middle years!
Also just discovered Brant Richards' 'On One' cottage industry - gobsmacked! He was an essential figure back in my day - I never met him, (succumbed to some of his ropey DJ'ing at those cold pasta parties though
) but from what I read (pre-internet, remember!) he seemed to have the attitude taped. So glad to see he's kept on keepin' on, so much so that I might even buy one of his bikes!
Now I'm going to look up some old bike buddies from them dayz...
'B' LIST: 1995 Fat Chance Buck Shaver : 1997 Ballistic '917' : 1997 Ibis Alibi : 1997 ProFlex 857 : 1991 Kona Explosive : 1989 MS Racing CR1 : 1991 SCOTT Super Evo Pro : 1993 Orange Vit T2 : Brodie Kinetic : S Bike : Dave Yates Diabolo :
'A' LIST - 1992 Mountain Cycles San Andreas : 1994 Bontrager Race Lite : 1990 Marin Team Titanium : 1990 Brave Warrior : 1993 Kona Hot : 1994 Merlin Mountain : 1991 Cannonade M700 : 1988? Ritchey Ascent : 1984 Andy Powell ATB : 1990 Mantis XCR CE : 1990 Yeti Ultimate : 1989? Yeti FRO : 1994 Specialized FSR : Ibis Alibi : 1992 Alpinestars CroMega DX :