Love to see these old ones.
I think a book on the early history of Mountain bikes in Britain needs to be written, with lots of pictures, and I think there are people on here with the facts and skills to do it.
Can I pre-order a copy?
The "lots of pictures" will be tricky bit as most people were too busy riding to bother taking pictures.
Here is a list of some topics that could be covered:
*How the US mountain bikes came to Britain and who brought them here
*the history of British "Tracker" bikes
*the history of Cyclo-cross
*the history of Cycling speedway
*the history of various UK bicycle makers
*the history of British off-road bicycle design and innovation
*off-road cycling and bicycles before the mountain bike
*Bicycle infantry and military bicycles
*Roughstuff bikes and cycling
*The first UK mountain bike events
*Trials cycling and bikes
The main problems with compiling something is the time required to do things properly and to filter out the fact from the myth.
I have been intending for some time to produce a history of Highpath Bicycles which is a fascinating because no two Highpath Engineering bikes were the same and many were unique and innovative built to order prototypes. The strange thing despite dozens of these bikes being made there is virtually no information about them online.
There are a few old pre-mountain bike anecdotes here:viewtopic.php?f=1&t=63187
9/16" Suntour BMX MP-1000 pedals / 56 tooth TA 6-bolt chainring.(I'm not bothered if the teeth are worn or damaged)