Gila Wilderness, New Mexico- 1988

When I was making money in the oilfields in Hobbs, New Mexico, I decided to buy the first mass-produced mountain bike: the original Specialized Stumpjumper. In 1988 I went to nearby Gila Wilderness for a 3-day ride over the trails to test its capabilities. At that time mountain bikes were so new they had no rules on them. People were amazed that a bicycle could be ridden on a trail since all anyone had ever seen was the skinny-tired ten-speed road bikes. For the most part it worked pretty well except that parts of the trail system were a bit too rough to ride on and I had to carry the bike some of the way. All in all it would have been easier to get a backpack and hike but not nearly as fun!

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