Posted by: xy9ine
Posted by: Ned
Posted by: xy9ine
i imagine nearly everyone that frequents this forum (or pretty much any internet forum these days) would qualify as old. at least that's what my kid would say.
but yeah, bought my first mountain bike in 1984; still going hard on a regular basis. gotta keep at it as long as the body permits.
if you've been riding since 84 you've seen most, if not all of the evolution. and to ride the Shore for 36 years is pretty amazing. my body hurts just thinking about it.
having experienced first hand the birth (at least as a relatively mainstream, commercially available product) & evolution of the mountain bike - from fully rigid, friction shifting, cantilever braked contraptions - to the amazingly refined bikes we ride today, has been quite the ride unto itself. not to mention trailbuilding evolution (especially the impact of the north shore) & skill progression. it's wild, in retrospect. loved every moment, no matter how janky.
You're a walking museum by the sounds of it and I'd love to hear more from an original. Please have at it as you see fit.
My momma always encouraged me to ride a bike, got me my first one and many thereafter. She made it to almost 88 but her time came last year. She was an early proponent of mtb riding and watched it grow over the years and eventually, once the bottom of Seymour near her home was plugged full of cars with bike racks, people in battle gear sporting big format bikes, she uttered "looks like mountain bike riding has become the new golf" in her sardonic way. A hot pistol she was... so much so that I sport a little pic of her on the top tube of my death march bike (pic in 1st post) to remind one's self that when feeling like a ball of flaming wreckage to not give up and to keep on going. They call that being a survivor....