Already been over a week since this cool dude and I rode together for the first time: '@thevintagemountainbike 🙏🏼
The pleasure in meeting with the usually camera-shy* Eric was only matched in getting to see his superb - and I mean SUPERB - collection of vintage and retro MTBs then being offered my pick of them to ride on #JNT! Of course I went for the #BreezerLightningFlash, given that my recent trip to California was primarily because of the man behind that brand, and his family.
It was an amazing experience riding the bike on that trail though perhaps not so fun pushing some ways up it. (I'm fast and fit in mind but not so much in body!). Amazing too, watching that exquisite #YetiFRO being put through its paces in front of me, ridden like it was meant to be - hard and fast! Eric even 'devirginised' a NOS Onza Porc tanwall tire for this ride!
Ssince getting to ride in anger with Eric I have a newfound love and respect for these older machines and the core group of collectors, restorers, chroniclers and custodians of the super rare, highly collectible machinery who are not afraid to ride them. Indeed it's their mantra. Amen to that. Sure, when parts wear out it can be a PITA (and pocket) obtaining replacements, maybe impossible in extreme cases, but you can hang it on the wall when it's f@&ked, right? And it'll still look just as good if not better than being all NOS and shiny and not having a single story to tell. Well, that's my viewpoint for this week at least, and should be beyond.
I'm taking many leaves from this guy's book, and when the #ProjectTiMega is completed, it'll be getting out and ridden. I'm even considering a trip to Keyesville with it next year, finances permitting. The American #retromtb scene bug has bitten me on the ass bigtime! Respect! #TheVintageMountainBike #IVMTB #VintageMTB #JohnNicholasTrail #VisitCalifornia
*Sorry if you disagree Eric, but I reckon you're definitely camera shy because there aren't too many photos of you on the internet that I've seen!