I tagged along on this vintage ride yesterday, finding out about it from a poster in a local bar and then getting details from the facebook page. Turns out, one of the Brothers Mose has been scouring the local co-op and craigslist for the past couple of years and owns all of the bikes shown (except my red Jamis). This ride was basically him inviting his buddies out to ride on his collection of old bikes. Some of the riders were not mountain bikers. Besides the organizer, I was the only one who brought his own bike. We did have a couple of vintage Specialized jerseys and a vintage Bell Biker helmet. Jim Beam may have made a brief appearance during the ride, as well.
All told, it was a great time. There were 9 of us and we cranked out about 14 miles of tacky Colorado singletrack on the old bikes under a clear autumn sky, finishing with the requisite refreshments provided by the other of the Brothers Mose. Event t-shirts were provided by the organizers for this inaugural event. I only knew one of the riders before this ride, but feel fortunate to have met 7 new friends. It brought back memories of just playing around on bikes. No STRAVA, no stopping to adjust suspension sag, no pretense, no seriousness.
None of the bikes was high end, but nothing was newer than '88. I don't know if I got pix of all of the bikes, but I believe there was an '88 Stumpjumper, '86 Cannondale red sled, mid-80's Nishiki, mid-80's Diamond Back Ridgerunner, late 80's Diamond Back Ascent, 3 mid-80's Stumpjumper / Stumpjumper Sport, and my '86 Jamis Dakota. There was a 24" Stumpjumper along in case we were short a bike, but it stayed in the truck.
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