This is where it all began! I did my first race on this bike way back in 1992. It was my only bike for some time, before I
gained a road bike, so was used for riding to school and mountain biking at least twice a week. I continued to race it until I
went to America in 2000 (and bought Stumpy 2). It has also seen touring action in the UK and France.
I had the frame powder coated after two years - much tougher than the original paint, it has lasted pretty well subsequently.
I am worried that the frame is rusting from the inside out though..... The bike has been through quite a lot of components
over the years - the only original parts left are the frame, fork, rear brake and thumbshifters.
In 2008, having brought Stumpy over to Oregon, I stripped the frame (had to melt the old BB cups out!), filled the dents and
resprayed it a fetching sapphire blue.
It might look a little retro now, but good ol' Stumpy still rides very well. I don't ride it quite so often these days, but it is still
a lot of fun out in the woods. And you can't beat the rumble of a Tioga disc drive!
Reconditioned with new paint and a few new 'period' components:
As it was:
And when it was new, back in 1991 - from a MBUK test (they said the grey finish looked 'cool and understated'!):