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Ageing mean machine

This Specialized Stumpjumper was bought by my brother circa 1988 for £700-£800 and he then sold it to me when he wanted a touring bike. I never really liked the garish colours, which I later read were nicknamed "Miami Vice" by other owners. My brother took it to Spain once to do some trails and I rode it all over Cardiff while at university.

 

Despite its age it's still a fast, lightweight machine and great for chasing sheep along the roads here. ;-) Compared to other bikes in 1988 it had a good specification with Shimano Deore derailleur, shifters and brakes, Cro-Moly frame, other alloy bits, and uniquely today (but not so much at the time), Biopace chainrings which are slightly oval to promote smooth, efficient pedaling. Biopace is supposed to be easier on the knees than truly round chainrings, and I'm sure it's one of the reasons why I find this bike so responsive and a joy to ride still.

 

It's more a road or track bike these days as the tyres are semi-slick and not suitable for going offroad.

 

See the notes for bits that have been changed over the years.

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Taken on May 30, 2008