While scrolling through Instagram recently I came across a clip Brian Park had posted from his freeride glory days, a huge huck that ended with a crash and him missing a shoe.
Thinking back, most of us have come a long way from those days. I recall that my standard riding attire 15-20ish years ago was typically a pair of blue jeans, skate shoes, and an XC helmet. What did I ride? Urban, maybe some trails. Loading docks, the occasional picnic shelter roof drop. Hucks, all on a 24" wheeled Big Hit with a 2002 Monster T (the last good year of that fork), and a MRP chainguide along with Hayes brakes that didn't work. That bike was sold to a friend, I got it back at one point I think, then it went to someone else and on through the community. The Azonic Love seat stayed on it throughout transactions and the BB height grew and grew because a longer stroke shock meant one thing, bigger drops.
With that in mind, I asked a selection of Pinkbike's editorial staff for images and recollections of what they were riding back in the day. It's time for a journey in the time machine, back to the early 2000s. Enjoy the ride.
Mike Levy - Technical Editor
According to Levy, his original Trek Remedy weighed about 25lbs and he pedaled it everywhere, including this mini road gap that led into a decent sized double he cased every time he tried to clear it. Most rides involved a huge CamelBak loaded with terrible food, a Bud Light Lime, and too much pedaling. Simpler times.
The bike, and the van.
Levy's freeride days are long gone but he did throw down some moves. The old Grafton road gap from one of the original NWD videos was one of his finest.
Mike Kazimer - Managing Technical Editor
Daniel Sapp - Technical Editor
Brian Park - Head of Editorial
Sarah Moore - North American Content Manager
Alicia Leggett - News Writer
Jason Lucas - Video Production Manager
Aidan Oliver - Social Media Coordinator