Niiice! Glad you've still got it. I nearly bought that bike off you back in the day.
I heard you broke your back coming round a corner and seeing an unexpected gate, but thay may have just been rumour...
I nearly sold it a few times, So glad i did'nt.
The rumour was true , i was with my mates at the time ( one being phil who owned the shop with me - he now lives in australia )..., out riding in grizedale forest..
I was going for it ' over 45mph ' when i took a corner , in front of me was one of those forestry gates, and it was closed ( nuts for a certified cycle route ).., i had no time to stop or even drop the bike..
I managed to let go of the bars, hitting the back of my head on the gate as i went under it ! this knocked me out..
On coming around, i then realized i had broke my back...
Going under the gate put the seat post through my flite saddle, into my chest.
( at first i couldnt figure out where these two holes in my chest had come from )
It was only when i looked at my seats ti rails, they where bent ! that, that was what had caused the holes.
I had been compressed between the gate & my bike...., the gate was snapped in several places..
Mad thing is, thinking i had broke my back, i couldnt feel my legs, very frightening experience, not just for me, but for my friends aswell, i think they where more in shock than me.
I had very strange shooting pains, then im stood up, with no pain at all !!!
Then i did a stupid thing, i got back on my bike and done another 20mile off road.
I collapsed later that night........, and have suffered ever since...
Being told i cant ride a bike ever again was hard, its all i knew..
But any way......, started again last june
Saying that, im not supposed to, i just cant do what i used to, i ride at the back now, when im riding with friends...
Excuse the 70's porn star hair style, but here i am , standing up in no pain !!yeti ultimate mountain bike took this gate out
, on Flickr
My wife still rides her marin, but she wants a yeti fro now aswell, hence trying to locate the grey one..