Better resolutions and even more pics in this flickr photoset. Detailed pictures in this Picasa album.I wish I could tell you my first mountain bike was a Raleigh Elkhorn. But it wasn't. My little brother's first mountain bike was a Raleigh Elkhorn.
|1985 Raleigh Elkhorn at MOMBAT|
No. My first mountain bike was not an Elkhorn. My first mountain bike was a Motiv Ground Pounder.
Oh, the shame of it...
|Practically the only vintage |
Motiv anything on the web
|The only extant picture of me riding my Motiv.|
Cactus Cup, Scottsdale, AZ, March 1992
Bob Seals Retrotec... Number 64, to be precise. Not exactly a custom bike, built just for me... but a brand new, exotic, handmade steel mountain bike like no other that might as well have been built just for me.
Moab, UT, 1993
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For what it's worth, the black Ritchey Pro 30mm riser bars and the Specialized BG Pro saddle aren't really period, but they're not ridiculous either. Plus, I like them.
It started with a Motiv. Sure. The Motiv set the hook in me, no question about it. But the Retrotec will always be the bike that taught me how to ride well and moreover, how to become a better rider. And for that I'll always sorta consider it First-Bike. The Motiv's long gone, and that's okay. But it's my hope that the Retro will always be with me.