I got in to mountain biking in 1996, so that's 'retro' to me. Can remember reading through MBUK looking at GT LTS's, RTS's, Zaskars, RS Judy forks etc. Was quite lucky to be able to have most of the bikes I wanted, as my 'want' level was always mid-range. First proper bike was a Raleigh M-Trax with Ti main tubes and RS Quadra 10 forks. Loved it. I drifted out keeping up with new bikes until buying a new bike in 2009. Plenty of second-hand bikes in between those years.
I guess I don't fully appreciate anything too far before 1996 as they were before my time. However can appreciate most bikes, being a complete bike nut. You want a 100% original bike down to every last detail, fully respect you for it. You want to update an old frame to run discs etc, again, fully respect that. It's all good. As long as everyone is keeping themselves happy chasing dream bikes and riding when they can, it's all good
This site has let me look back at the early years when I got in to cycling and again I get to druel over lovely bikes, whilst also appreciating all things modern. Keep up the good work everyone!
"The things you own, end up owning you."