My first mountain bike was actually a Diamond Back Ascent. The strange thing is I can't remember where I got it and I can't remember how I got rid of it but I do remember riding it...A LOT, around Orono, ME. It was pretty small for me but I didn't care, I just jacked the seat up and rode it through the woods.
|Not my MB-3. This wasn't my Ascent either but it looked very similar.|
Next came a Giant Iguana. I only vaguely remember buying it (actually I don't think I do) but I do remember selling it. Must have had that bike for about 3-4 years. I can't remember that either. But I do remember riding it. Or I could remember riding my Bridgestone. I can't remember that but it must be true. I could browse the interweb to find a picture of a similar bike but I won't bother. From what I remember (which obviously isn't much) the Giant was a decent bike so if you find one cheap, give it a try as a commuter rig.
So, on to the point of this story, a 1994 Bridgestone MB-3 Bicycle. I do remember buying this at National Bike and Ski in Freeport. OK, so they are Freeport bike and ski now but it's the same store, mostly. (Side note, I think I actually bought the Giant here too) (Second side note: I never bought bikes online back then because online hadn't really been invented either, maybe AOL). I didn't realize it at the time but I was buying a bike that would be a cult classic. 1995 was the last year the Bridgestone would import it's well made bikes into the US.
I also remember riding this bike, and I rode it quite a bit. I haven't thought back on those days for a while but I'd get home from work almost every decent summer day and head for about an hour of trails. I guess I was always passionate about my riding. Then life changed and the bike went into storage for what could have been eternity but it wasn't. I got back into biking pulled the trusty MB-3 out and started riding the trails again after 10ish years. This is when I realized that full suspension had fully developed and my older bones (and back) were ready. But I had a plan.
|Shiny new fenders|
My trusty old MB-3 would be converted into my foul weather commuter. I fitted it with road friendly tires and fenders and it was re-born (praise doG). A few years (could be months) later I bought a pair of studded tires for it so I could ride it year round. That was 3 years ago and the bike is still going strong through the worst conditions.
|Shimano Ice Technologies Rev 1.0|
So, if you find one of these at your local bike shop take a second look because it's a decent sturdy bike that goes and goes and goes.