Everybody, meet Ron Burgundy.

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I’ve been saving my pennies for a while and I was finally able to waste them on something I didn’t really need, but really wanted. I’ve been seeing old ATBs up on everyone’s blog and couldn’t help myself. I needed to experience this part of bike history that I totally missed. So I bought a 1984ish Mongoose ATB, mostly original and super OG.

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Yes, a Mongoose. It’s a bad name nowadays but I’m shitbike, and this beautiful heavy piece of machinery dates from the days Mongoose was still pretty rad. It’s got an original Suntour gruppo which shifts better than anything I’ve ever ridden, and looks amazing with it’s aged white/clear cable housing. This bike marks my first with cantilever brakes, of which both work perfectly, but will sooner or later be replaced with some PAUL comps, so stoked for that. It features the simply designed slingshot stem, a terrible pair of shitty beach cruiser wheels, kinda tready tires and mismatched crankset, and the most painful handgrips ever.

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The first ride was a revelation. The second was transcendence. It only gets better every time. I caught the bug of the ATB. A friend and I had to hit up the headlands for a proper test. This bike bombs fire roads like you wouldn’t believe and even though it weighs a good forty pounds it glides up gnarly graded terrain. I can’t wait to get some racks and go on some proper adventures.

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Oh, and she is named Ron Burgundy, for obvious awesome reasons.

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the first #shitbike

In 1817 Baron Von Drais invented the first two-wheeled walking apparatus designed to get him around the grounds of his presumably large royal gardens. The desire to go further faster, in order to see and experience what could not have been previously, drove Von Drais to solve the problem of human inefficiency in regards to transportation.

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To take a horse was too much of a production, and to walk would mean shortening any distance of travel by miles. And so the very first shitbike was invented. So shitty was this contraption that later models were dubbed the “bone-shaker”. Made of solid wood and metal, the ride was anything but smooth and the wheels never mastered anything but a paved road. The rider was subjected an overly-rough ride while suffering a wooden saddle. The most important point though, was that a human could now go anywhere he/she desired (within reason), without the trouble of tacking up a horse or carriage. This innovation evolved over 200 years, all the while enabling humans to experience the impossible. Bikes today may look very different, but they do the same job of getting us where we want to go, to see and experience new adventures.

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