We all have our own reasons for loving all things RetroBike
. We all have our own memories of the good old days, and we all have plenty of justification for that old and expensive second-hand part that has just been delivered by the postman.
If anyone would like to join in, it would be great to see an old photo of your cycling past that in some ways helps to explain, why Retro Bike?
This is mine, I was going through some old photographs and came across this…….
1991 on the front during a U16 schoolboy event, corning (as if it were a closed road even, it wasn’t!) on my old Nigel Dean 531C equipped with Suntour Edge and undecided on what colour of bar tape to go with for the remainder of the season
My competitive cycling career began in 1998, inspired by what I fondly remember as a great era in the sport. Legends like Roche, Kelly, Lemond, Delgado, Fignon……..the list is long. It could just be my rose tints, but it’s a time that will never be replicated, and I am extremely grateful to have experienced it. Professionally, within the sport, I’m not convinced that in 22 years time I will look back on now as coming even close. Greg Lemond won one of the greatest Tours De France on a bike that wasn’t exactly state of the art compared to mine (final stage tt bike aside, but you know what I mean) and in a tatty old pair of Time shoes held together with toe straps! Is it possible to win a major tour these days without wind tunnels, endless data, silly two way radio and robotic like instruction from a team car? I am not insinuating for a second that the current peleton’s achievements are any less worthy, it just seems to me that back in the ‘good old days’ cycling had more character, and for me anyway, more appeal. Personally, of course in the late 80’s early 90’s I was almost professional! I went to school for a few hours now and then, and spent the rest of my time in the saddle. I had a generous sponsorship deal with my parents, and a full time manager, driver, mechanic, and masseuse in the form of my Dad
If only we didn’t have to get old! The title of the late, great Laurent Fignon’s autobiography sums it up perfectly………..We were young and carefree!
This year sees the 20th anniversary of the end of my racing career, my cycling activities are now based around recreation and tinkering with a few restoration projects, again still inspired by those ‘good old days’
So, if anyone wants to know, why RetroBike