Video: Half a Life - Mountain Bike Time Travel

Feb 18, 2015
by Tom Stemplinger  
Views: 13,717    Faves: 170    Comments: 13


This year I turn 30 and it was time for a quick look back at what I have been doing the last half of my life on a mountain bike. So many stories could be told. So many things rapidly changed over the years. Others are still the same, like Pinkbike still exists. Only the cool films from Radek B, dropping from houses and balancing bridges in the winter time have gone. These films and Kranked 2 definitely inspire us these days. So we had to film our own stuff too. The nice flip side of this is that you just can't forget things you filmed. So searching and cutting the old material was fun. The good thing is, a lot of my friends who started to live in this MTB world are still my riding buddies. That's how it should be guys!

Mountain Bike time travel
Building in the backyard was a must!

Mountain Bike time travel
Riding buddy with a big old one hand

Mountain Bike time travel
God bless our actual bottom brackets

Mountain Bike time travel
Saalbach partying! Can you name some of the dudes?

Mountain Bike time travel
Me again @ Adidas Slopestyle 2005

Mountain Bike time travel
Bike from a friend, he had fun with it

Mountain Bike time travel
Building got bigger

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43 Comments

  • + 47
 That was the best thing I've seen on Pinkbike in a very long time.
  • + 3
 Thanks! Nice to hear!
I totally forgot our credits......
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  • + 8
 This video made me realize that mountain biking gets funner the better you get at it. Awesome vid.
  • + 1
 Tom5 ich liebe eure Videos Big Grin Ihr fahrt noch richtig Freeride, so wie sich das gehört! Macht so weiter leute....bitte Big Grin
  • + 25
 Kids these days will never know the feeling of riding a 45 pound+ DH bike with buttery smooth 888s and narrow handle bars.
  • + 14
 you'd be surprised
  • + 11
 Rich kids won't...I guess...
  • + 3
 Shoulder width bars do allow you to stretch your arms out further in front of you, so you can absorb bigger hits when the damping on last gen forks bottoms out.
  • + 1
 @hamncheez this is the best I got. My first dh bike at my first race :-)

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  • + 2
 HA! my buddy had one of those old Raleighs! Heaviest 6" travel bike ever made, with like a 69 degree HT angle.
  • + 1
 they don't even bother to cut down their 800mm bars to suit their shoulders.
  • + 11
 Absolutely one of the best videos I've seen about mountain biking. This year marks 20 years for me and I wish I had this kind of archival footage... or even 1/2 of your skills. Well done.
  • + 5
 Reminds me of what Adam said to Eve their first night togther, "stand back, I don't know how big this thing is going to get!"
  • + 3
 Now thats what I call a f*cking video! I am now raring for a ride, although in 15 years I'll be 51. To have 1/10 of that skill by then would be a massive blessing! Keep that shit up!
  • + 1
 That was simply excellent. Shows that once you catch the mtb bug there's no going back. Here's to another 15 from a fellow 30-year-old this year (with 1/4 of the skill though Wink )
  • + 2
 I love love love this vid. Amazing to see the progression over the years. I couldnt help but smile watching this. Also nicely edited with the audio track. Good on lad.
  • + 1
 It's amazing see how style of riding and system of recording can change and evolve in the years! Great work guys! Keep riding!
  • + 1
 Remember when skinnies were trendy, some off them quite high. I destroyed a lot of rear mechs. Currently if it's not at least 10" wide I go around lol.
  • + 2
 It's truly amazing how much mountain biking has progressed. Awesome video!!!
  • + 2
 Much like NBC's Brian Williams, I too remember being there in those days and participating in those events.
  • + 1
 is that an Alutech Wildsau? Wasnt there a model with that name back in the days? Used to ride RM Switchs, I was in love with these bikes.
  • + 2
 You are a Animal :o so sick
  • + 1
 You are a ripper. I loved seeing you progress through the years. Thanks for sharing this with us.
  • + 1
 soo cool to watch this,big respect.....hoping to get this good in 15 years.....be 55 by then thou.....
  • + 2
 So sick Tom.
love the blog. How about at least 15 more years?
  • + 2
 thanks!
you know I almost didn't made the 15 years, but if nothing happens like last april it should be no problem Wink
  • + 2
 You just shred for two years this season. Wink
  • + 1
 Things started getting really good in 2011...
  • + 1
 out rode me by 2001 awsome vid keep em comin !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 I saw this video before it was cool.
  • + 1
 Agreed, best thing on pinkbike in a long time!
  • + 1
 VOD candidate. One mtb/pinkbike user to another, this was a special video.
  • + 1
 Now that's what I call bacon n' eggs!
  • + 1
 Fun to watch your progression. And you're only going to get better!
  • + 1
 That was pretty cool man, great edit!
  • + 2
 Echt starkes video tom!!
  • + 1
 VOD!! Amazing edit man, cheers from Bulgaria Wink
  • + 1
 Keep going mang!!!
  • + 1
 Great vid.
  • + 1
 Great like always!
  • + 1
 thug life at 1:27
  • + 1
 just lovin this video
  • + 1
 You sir, are a badass

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