What is/was your favorite bike?
Like most bike geeks I have a few bikes. I can’t seem to part ways with them. Even the Kona road frame with the bent top tube. It just sits outside my shop collecting dust, waiting to be turned into wind chimes.
I got to thinking recently, what is my favorite bike? Though I like them all, and it is a tough choice, I think my old ’88 Bridgestone MB1 is my favorite. From the very first ride I fell in love with her. I was riding an ’85 Fuji (which I still have), but the MB1 was a whole different ride. It was quick, stable and seemed to steer itself.
I think the reason the MB1 means so much to me, and the reason I’ll never get rid of her, is all the adventures we shared. The Mammoth Mountain Kamikazi, The Ultimate Kamikaze in Bishop, CA, where upon closing in on the finish line I heard the announcer say, “here comes the first female rider across the finish line!” Another proud moment for my parents ( I had long hair back then too ).
We also rode trails that would eventually be closed to mountain biking. Pine Ridge Trail in Big Sur, the PCT in the Angeles National Forest, and all the singletrack in the Santa Monica Mountains between Sullivan Canyon and Sycamore Canyon. So please forgive my Al Bundy moment, but when I look at my MB1 I relive all the beautiful trails that I’ll never see again on a bike.
As I mentioned earlier I still have her. She’s now my commuter bike. I scrounged for old parts and threw in a few new ones to make her rideable. The best thing is she still rides like I remember, quick, stable and.. well… she’s getting older so I have to do the steering.
What is/was your favorite bike? It could be your first bike or your current steed, the one that got away in a lapse of judgement, or even your childhood Big Wheel (the one with the plastic wheels we learned how to perform a power skid on).