Hi everyone, I'm Dave from Southampton. I think I need help.
I'm new here, I used to ride MTB, then I got a motorbike, then a wife & kids and now I'm fat and lazy...........
I figure I need a good dose of excercise so my first thoughts turned to cycling, mtb and of course as I approach 40, the bikes I owned when I was younger
I found RB by googling to try and find out a bit about my old and beloved lated 90's GT Tequesta, I was drawn into the "Show us your GT" thread and from the point on the "register now" button was impossible to resist!
I had always cycled.... Raleigh Striker, Raleigh Grifter, Peugeot Teens Road Bike, bought a Diamond Back Ascent EX in '88 and hit the New Forest, loved that bike, crashed broke my shoulder and packed up riding for years.
Then in 98 fate intervened and plopped a set of circumstances in my lap that just screamed MTB!
I got my first proper job with Ordnance Survey, travelling all over the rural areas of the UK to quality assure updates to the Maps (eyeballing the landscape and checking it matched what was on the map!)
In '99 they started a cycle to work scheme where you could get a £500 interest free loan on a bike. I bought a GT Tequesta from Solent cycles and took it with me everywhere I went for work. Plus I had access to the Full OS paper map library.....
The Lakes, all over Wales, Shetland, Highlands, Edinburgh, Northumberland, Cornwall, Shropshire, The Peak District etc etc etc
At the same time my best mate lost his license and had to cycle everywhere, he bought an Aluminium Dawes of some sort and we hammered the byways & trails of Hampshire, Dorset and Sussex for several years, I must have put several thousand miles on that GT. the highlight was September 02 taking a trip to the Nurburgring where we thrashed my Saab on the track and our Bikes on the MTB loop that runs through the mountainous Eifel forests alongside and roughly parallel to the 13 Mile Race Circuit.
That week I met and watched bikers burning rubber on their Fireblades, Gixxers and 998's and I was hooked, passed my test bought a Ducati and the cycling was history, a year later I got married blah, changed job blah blah, had other stuff to do blah, no spare time blah blah the Tequesta was nicked in 06 blah and I haven't cycled since...
Years later I find now that I have to take some action before the middle age spread takes hold, I want to get my old bikes back (well the MTB's) and ride myself fit once again.
Already found and bought an 88 Diamondback Ascent Ex to fix up and ride. I now need to find myself a nice Retro GT, (or two......) in particular, for sentiments sake, a 90's 20" burnt orange Tequesta, not sure what year it was as it was NOS, but anything Retro & Triple Triangle shaped goes and the researching will be fun!
Great site - Thanks! I will post a few pics as and when I am allowed, expect to see me around.