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    Photo Assignment - Old School Photos

    Calling all relics. Let's see some of those classic photos!

    How old? At least 5 years old, I'd say. If they were taken with a digital camera, that's not old enough.

    So get those prints out and scan them. Or if you're lazy like me, just take a photo of the print with your digital camera. Just put it in macro mode and hold her steady.

    Photos:
    1) My first dream bike, Cannondale M700 - 1996 - Things to note are the too small frame and the 140mm stem with Scott handlebar. Look at that cool Topline SL cranks with Sampson bb. Carmichael pulleys and Sram XRay finish off the package. Man, I wrapped the chainstay with inner tube. I was anal back then too.

    2) The bike that got me going was the Manitou HT - 1997 - Avid tri-align brakes and levers. White Industries hubs... yeah! Check out the Performance clothing since I had to pay for bike clothes back then

    3) Sizzler Race - 1997

    4) Treez and Breeze Race - 1998

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    nice! I raced at both those pictured races. Thanks for the memories. All those flat bars are crackin my ish up!

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    My first Mt. Bike

    I bought this green Dorodo from a a motorcycle shop in Richmond for $250 out of the box in 1987.
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    holy short shorts batman.... my eyes are burning

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    I like the shoe selection back in the day. Hiking boots or Vans. total polar opposites. I liked the vans because you could grip the pedals with your toes.

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    funny......I have those pictures too. just dont know where they went.

    Threaded Yellow Quadra 21R, STX-RC?????
    Blue Annodized chain tensioner that grab on to the chain stay.
    Annodized purple bar ends from Onza. Oh yeah, toe clips and straps

    Mountain bike used to be so simple before it evolved to what it is today. I used to be able to take the entire bike apart and put it back together in like 2 hours or less.

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    First Mountain Bike Race 1994

    Started fast out of the gate probably in first place or so - finished close to last when I realized you can't start that fast and blew up.

    Please also note several things in the last picture.

    #1 SUPER stylish yellow too tight jersey
    #2 Totally 80's climbing bars
    #3 Should you really run a mud guard in a race? no.







    Here is a more recent pic for comparison

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    Random Fat Dude on trail
    <img src="http://ogrehut.com/Tree//Sierra-Central/Sweetwater//.big_pict0065.jpg" width="800">
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    Quote Originally Posted by 0gre
    Random Fat Dude on trail
    <img src="http://ogrehut.com/Tree//Sierra-Central/Sweetwater//.big_pict0065.jpg" width="800">
    This is the roots on the North side (heading west towards connector) of FDLT right? If so, man what a difference between then and now
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    Quote Originally Posted by nachomc
    This is the roots on the North side (heading west towards connector) of FDLT right? If so, man what a difference between then and now
    No, that's on Sweetwater trail.

    :x --> for people 1 character lazier than :wq

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    crazy :\ I looked at a pic of me on the roots at FDLT, and while there are differences, they looked to me (my untrained eye) like they could have been from trail work over time. I like sweetwater - only ridden it twice, but it's a lot of fun.
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    if this bike could only speak....


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    Quote Originally Posted by 0gre
    You looked like an ogre back then. Now you're handsome shrek.
    http://la.streetsblog.org/wp-content...ge__s_bike.JPG

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    Quote Originally Posted by TahoeBC
    That looks like a catamount?

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    im not as old as the rest of the guys on here ... these were taken in 2002 on my first fs bike

    butcher ranch 1st creek crossing






    my 91 civic with 98 klein mantra with the sierra buttes in the background



    at the tamarack connection trail trailhead



    next time im at my parents house ill see if i can find any earlier pictures ... might have some from when i was about 10 riding a schwinn sideweinder 24 around in alston park in napa.
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    Don't have too many of my old school photos around (I'd have to dig through a bunch of boxes).

    But here is one of my oldest and favorites. I'm guessing this was taken around 1990-1. Things to note, the helmets V1-Pro w/extra cooling vent behind the Bell insignia, cool bike, and the sweet Bolle glasses my brothers got.

    Of course 5 minutes later my brother crashed, no pictures from there on out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Calling all relics. fc
    Careful FC, I resemble that remark!
    Fortunately no photographic evidence of the 1988 Diamondback EX/hiking short/t-shirt epoch exists, nor my Yeti Ultimate [w/white Onza Pocupine tires], Rockshox RS1, Slingshot, or Alpinestar confetti shoe infatuations.
    Here's one I'll "fess" up to though:
    2003 Moots Mootaneer midway another horsewhipping on the Crandell Peak trail [ I believe it's known as "Pinball" to you newcomers]. the bike in the foreground is friend's Ellsworth Id.
    I had the Mootaneer set up with a RS Psylo Race, Hope Mini brakes, Raceface Turbines, 8sp Suntour thumbies and XTR cogs and derailleurs, Conti Survival and Explorer Pro tires. Incredible workmanship, but not Moots best design.
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    These pictures make me want to shoot film. I have a Yashica T4 super that still works, maybe I'll fire it up this weekend.

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    My kinda thread. Sizzler, Quicksilver, Treez II Breeze, all great races back in the day.


    From about 92 or 93 on my 91 Stumpjumper, Mag20 fork.



    Not old pics, but old bikes:

    85 Otis Guy:


    Two 92 Slingshot Team bikes, and one 93 Slinger, a week ago at China Camp. (Joe Steel, YETIFIED, Rumpfy):
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    Calling all relics. Let's see some of those classic photos!

    How old? At least 5 years old, I'd say. If they were taken with a digital camera, that's not old enough.

    So get those prints out and scan them. Or if you're lazy like me, just take a photo of the print with your digital camera. Just put it in macro mode and hold her steady.

    Photos:
    1) My first dream bike, Cannondale M700 - 1996 - Things to note are the too small frame and the 140mm stem with Scott handlebar. Look at that cool Topline SL cranks with Sampson bb. Carmichael pulleys and Sram XRay finish off the package. Man, I wrapped the chainstay with inner tube. I was anal back then too.

    2) The bike that got me going was the Manitou HT - 1997 - Avid tri-align brakes and levers. White Industries hubs... yeah! Check out the Performance clothing since I had to pay for bike clothes back then

    3) Sizzler Race - 1997

    4) Treez and Breeze Race - 1998

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    Love that Manitou! Too bad you didn't keep it....though just about every Manitou HT you find now has a cracked headtube.
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    Big Sur, 1990. On the roof is a Cannondale, c. 1989 or so. 24" wheels, roller cam brakes, Suntour XC drive train (top of the line, but shortly after this photo, replaced by the recently introduced Deore XT line of index shifting components!). The purple Cannondale bike was a warranty replacement from Cannondale because my first one broke at the derailer hanger when I crashed on a ride up at Pinecrest. That was before they made replaceable dereailer hangers. I still have the Blackburn rack -- it's on my wife's bike.

    I ended up doing a three way trade -- I gave this bike to Vince, Vince gave Rick an arcade style TRON machine, and Rick gave me a new engine for my 1980 Honda Hawk. I then bought a 1989 Ritchey Outback, still in my possession (and for sale). The car is, I believe, a 1979 Toyota Corolla. My date was Jana, and that's all I'll say about her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by older and slower
    Big Sur, 1990. On the roof is a Cannondale, c. 1989 or so. 24" wheels, roller cam brakes, Suntour XC drive train (top of the line, but shortly after this photo, replaced by the recently introduced Deore XT line of index shifting components!).

    C'Dale should be a bit older. Indexed shifting came out in 87.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    C'Dale should be a bit older. Indexed shifting came out in 87.
    Uh-oh mr. vintage found this thread. He's going to make it his home page .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    C'Dale should be a bit older. Indexed shifting came out in 87.
    Correct. The original, broken C'dale was 1986. So when the replacement frame came, I switched over all the original components. Hence the mismatch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by older and slower
    Correct. The original, broken C'dale was 1986. So when the replacement frame came, I switched over all the original components. Hence the mismatch.
    Ah, copy that.
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    Dang. Them are some dinosaurs! This is as vintage as I get.

    Taken in 2000 (I think that's when I bought my first camera)
    1. Trail 100 near Phoenix, AZ
    2. Sedona, AZ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbecky
    nice! I raced at both those pictured races. Thanks for the memories. All those flat bars are crackin my ish up!
    Speaking of old races...
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    awesome thread!

    Trees and breeze was ruling.

    Anyone remember the ring of fire?

    mammoth circa 96? (maybe 97?) first Outland VPP w risse champ


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    6. grant ranch XC 94 or 5?
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    2001, moots mootaineer. Still have it.
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    Found this one

    99 Big Bear Amateur Cup
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stormhouse
    I bought this green Dorodo from a a motorcycle shop in Richmond for $250 out of the box in 1987.
    Classic 80's, especially your bros in the plum smugglers!

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    Here is me on my first bike on my first mtb ride in Boone Co, Kentucky in '87 or '88.



    Pits slalom in Maryland '98...



    Freeriding the pits in '98. Was there even such thing yet?






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    Here's the oldest pictures I could find..all from 2001

    Pleasanton Ridge, Kirkwood and Grant Ranch.
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    And just for fun...

    (This one's for Rumphy)

    My most favorite XC weapon I ever owned...my 1998 (or '97?..can't remember) ProFlex 857
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    i saw someone riding a proflex at dville on saturday just this past weekend ... wondering if it coulda been you
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melt
    i saw someone riding a proflex at dville on saturday just this past weekend ... wondering if it coulda been you
    Not me, I sold my ProFlex because I couldn't fit disc brakes.
    Man, I wish I had kept that bike. The 8-speed XT drivetrain and brakes were absolutely FLAWLESS. I can't say that about any 9-speed drivetrain I've had since. That was one sweet ride.

    Edit: The funny thing is about a year after I sold it I saw it on Craig'sList (Without a doubt it was my bike) and why I didn't snap it back up just kills me

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    This one's for you Rumpfy. I'm not sure if you were there, but this was my first race ever at the 91 Sizzler. I don't think I did very well, but at least I had a full campy spec'd Cannondale to pretend I was fast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by washedup
    Here is me on my first bike on my first mtb ride in Boone Co, Kentucky in '87 or '88.

    That's an 88 Stumpy...not that I drooled over that bike or anything

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    This was the Powerpost heckle section at Sea Otter.

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    I love this thread so much. I dont have any old school MTB pics but Ill post some of my old roadie stuff if I can get it scanned.

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    my stepdad raced expert in the early 90's. he still has his super retro mountain bike that he never rides, but still thinks its the best bike ever built. its a custom steel frame with campy rims and dura ace hubs, its just as light at my xc racing bike -22lbs haha

    ill see if i can get some pics up
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    Not me

    But someone I know who could race back in da day.
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    old school bontrager race lite from their brochure and my 92 race frame reborn into a single speed in 06 and still ridden.
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    Fat Ti.
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    Crested Butte, 1988

    I'm second from left, next to Joe Breeze. Gary Fisher in the red and yellow jersey. Victor Vincente kneeling with the checked shirt. Wende Cragg in the middle with a blue shirt. Mark Slate second from right, next to Mike Sinyard extreme right. Hank Barlow, kneeling right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by C.L.
    This one's for you Rumpfy. I'm not sure if you were there, but this was my first race ever at the 91 Sizzler. I don't think I did very well, but at least I had a full campy spec'd Cannondale to pretend I was fast.

    Nice!

    I think my first race was Quicksilver that same year.
    I remember when you got that C'Dale. That thing was unforgiving as hell. I don't think I have (any) pics from our old race days...

    Good stuff, post more if you have em'!
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    Quote Originally Posted by togaman
    but still thinks its the best bike ever built. its a custom steel frame with campy rims and dura ace hubs, its just as light at my xc racing bike -22lbs haha

    ill see if i can get some pics up

    What is it!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoGoGordo
    But someone I know who could race back in da day.

    Ah, but who here can name her. (not you CK!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by francois
    This was the Powerpost heckle section at Sea Otter.

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    Ha, I'm in that picture, in the crowd, behind the last rider in the photo. That was fun watching rider after rider eat sh*t at the bottom of that hill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Repack Rider
    Crested Butte, 1988

    I'm second from left,

    The Charlie Kelly.
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    Not really vintage, but more than 6yrs ago and, more important to me, more than 40 pounds ago
    This is at the top of Sullivan Cyn (Santa Monica Mtns in LA) at the Nike site, ex military site now open to public (something like mt Umunhum here in SJ) pushing my Mongoose.
    I remember stopping six times on that fireroad climb, gasping for air...

    I must have some pics on my full rigid Bianchi back in Italy (circa 1992) but I'll have to ask my dad to dig'em out and mail them to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Ah, but who here can name her. (not you CK!)
    I know, but we will let a few kids here try first. I had a friend in Santa Barbara that raced for Ross as well.
    "The physician heals, Nature makes well" - real fortune cookie

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    I heard about Gary Fisher's hippy VW van trips to the Butte.

    No photos for me. But I might find something in the archives. Hmm...

    Hippies!

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    Here's a couple of pics from a tour I did in 87. In the Himalayas,way north of India.
    Nishiki Pinnicle, drop bars,down tube shifters, roller cam rear brake, XT drive train, still have it and tour on it. Did everything on that bike, NORBA races, trials, tour, commute. My brother on the left rode the same bike. The guy following me was on a Mongoose of about the same vintage. I have some older photos in a box somewhere of my 83 Bianchi Grizzly.
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    Maybe it's just me but anything from the 1990's just doesn't seem very old. I set my buddy up with my camera to capture my Kamikaze DH run in 1987.









    And at the finish of the XC race.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmike
    Maybe it's just me but anything from the 1990's just doesn't seem very old. I set my buddy up with my camera to capture my Kamikaze DH run in 1987.



    Awww, startin' to break loose there!

    Was that on the Salsa?
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    Quote Originally Posted by slocaus
    I know, but we will let a few kids here try first. I had a friend in Santa Barbara that raced for Ross as well.

    MTB History 101.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rumpfy
    Awww, startin' to break loose there!

    Was that on the Salsa?
    Roger that, ER. In its original color before the repaint.

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    I dug up a couple shots of my first real mtb ride... summer of 1989 in Winterpark, CO during a college road trip. Shirtless, short-shorts, worthless helmet... I had the time of my life!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssmike
    Maybe it's just me but anything from the 1990's just doesn't seem very old. I set my buddy up with my camera to capture my Kamikaze DH run in 1987.
    It's allright, the mountain is the same. It's just the attire and the bikes that have changed.

    I started "real" MTB'ing around 1992/1993....it's just I didn't start taking pictures until around 2000. 2000 doesn't seem that old to me until I look at the pictures and then it seems like a life-time ago!

    In 1989 I was riding my Schwinn High Sierra (my 1st mountain bike) to High school and back because my parents grounded my car privileges due to bad grades. For what it's worth, the car they grounded me from was a 1970 383 big-block Plymouth Barracuda. So sad that it sat there while I rode my bike to school.

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    Here, friends, is a true classic mountain bike. In the mold of the Edsel and the Corvair, the Firenze was among the crappiest bikes on the planet. Anyone around here remember Steven Matthew David, top of the hill, Daly City? In the late 80s, he was buying these things by the container and giving them away with practically any purchase. A guy once brought one on a shop ride (Diable Bike, Walnut Creek) in Briones. He did a little bunny hop maneuver and the welds holding the bottom bracket to the seat and down tubes and seat stays broke clean. The Firenze, a classic among the Old Skool:

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    Quote Originally Posted by older and slower
    Here, friends, is a true classic mountain bike. In the mold of the Edsel and the Corvair, the Firenze was among the crappiest bikes on the planet. Anyone around here remember Steven Matthew David, top of the hill, Daly City? In the late 80s, he was buying these things by the container and giving them away with practically any purchase. A guy once brought one on a shop ride (Diable Bike, Walnut Creek) in Briones. He did a little bunny hop maneuver and the welds holding the bottom bracket to the seat and down tubes and seat stays broke clean. The Firenze, a classic among the Old Skool:

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    almost as bad as Dr. Don on KFRC....same annoyance factor. Sort of like the fry's ads...

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    Or, how about Denevi Camera's annoying jingle

    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbecky
    almost as bad as Dr. Don on KFRC....same annoyance factor. Sort of like the fry's ads...

    "...Dublin -Berkeley - San Lorenzo - Cupertino - San Jose..."


    Here's a 1988 DiamondBack Apex in the optional smoke paint "color". It was this kind of blend of colors you might see at sunset with silver/grey/blue/purple. I was told it was originally called purple haze. Had to wait extra long for that popular paint option. Other choice for this model was a monochromatic green. $620 out the door from Sunshine in Gilroy. Couldn't afford a springy fork because college textbooks were killing me. Couldn't afford the electronic transmission on the Axis. Check it.


    seat was lowered for photo symmetry


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    And a 1997 Tazmon at Squaw circa 1999.
    A breakthrough bike for this rider, and for the SANTACRUZ company.




    Can't find any pix of a killer matte black M2 Stumpjumper with the POS gold Mag21 fork. That frame was as light as a feather and stiffer than... well, stiffer than my spine. This is not me.
    I cracked something lumbar going off some schweet jumps. Which is when the Tazmon entered the scene for me .. .. .. The SuperLight, Super8, and Blur were in the mix there, somewhere.


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    excellant..

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    Great photos! I was racing big wheels in BMX at Calabazas (near Agnews?) when most of these were taken. :-) No photos that I'm aware of... I'll have to see if I can find some.

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    Ancient school - My Great Grandpa is the loner (imagine that) up on the hill on the upper right part of the picture:
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    How's this? Japan, 1984, bike by 3Rensho. The woman is Denise Caramagno.
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    Back in the day, and this photo dates from about 1983, you stacked your ballooners to show off how tough they were and how little you cared about what happened to the exterior.
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    Yipes. Stripes.

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    Poser. 1990 NORBA Mt. Hood. Not that far north of NORCAL.
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    This is pretty old skool
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    I forgot about this old thread Props to a photography forum

    I think this is the first time I poached the PCT, circa 1993, on my Bridgestone MB-3... hiking boots, cotton t-shirt and fanny pack . Who know's the spot?
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    NORBA Racing 1994 Big Bear, CA

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    Wow this thread is fun! I was a shop rat-turned-mechanic from '89 to '99. I left the industry ( and cycling altogether) after college, until I fell back into it about a year ago. I was gone for over a decade, so all this "silly old stuff" was cutting edge technology last time I saw it. I remember when Rock Shox came out, debating whether there was really any need for suspension on a mountain bike. Hell, Tinker Juarez did fine on his Kleins and Cannondales with the Pepperoni forks.
    I feel like Rip Van Winkle.

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