Here’s an old picture for the scrap book:
When: I’m fairly certain this is summer 1988.
Where: Temple Mountain Race or possibly Mount Snow National Series Race – both races in New Hampshire.
Why: ‘Cause I thought I’d be a good racer.
What: I’m racing a prototype Merlin bike – extra stiff for its day. Koski chromed fork. I have a partially inflated tube in my back pocket – that’s the way we used to do it; it’d save about 20+ seconds in changing a flat. Yes, that’s a Protec helmet. They used to have a mesh cover – super dangerous in retrospect but not so bad for mountain biking. I think those are JT shades. And I’m using toe clips and straps
It looks like I was rolling around in the mud a lot that day. Not sure how I ended up with tire marks on my thigh.
Random memory: Way back in the day I experimented with running two tubes in a tire – for mountain bike racing. One inflated, and one with about 5 lbs in it. I drilled the rims to have two valve stem holes. The idea was that if I got a flat I could just inflate the other tube; this would save about a minute or so of flat changing time. Ultimately I ditched this because the added grams – about 150? – would slow me down more than a minute over a 3+ hour race. Fun experiment.