Urban Dictionary definition of Klunker: An automobile, or occasionally another object, that is in poor condition due to mechanical problems, age, damage or other issues.
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Growing up in the UK is a sure way of harbouring envy for vintage American MTBs, examples of which are few and far between.
Just recently, an opportunity arose to take on the stewardship of a 1984 Specialized Stumpjumper Sport. The Stumpjumper, launched in 1981, was the very first mass produced mountain bike.
Today was its day of initiation at my hands: a stint on pavement, a climb up Forest Road 79, then a no-holds-barred plummet down loose and rubbly singletrack. And, despite a broken chain and a loosening headset (all part of the Klunker Experience, so I’m told), I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Perhaps it was the sense of history imbued within the bike. Maybe it was the romanticised imagery of jeans-clad mtb pioneers, hurtling recklessly down Mount Tam, California. (Foot down and plumes of dust in their wake.) Most likely, it’s because there’s good reason that this bike went on to inspire generations to get out and discover their local trails.
I’m looking forward to further dirt road adventures at its helm. More pseudo Klunker Days are planned too. If you’re in the area, get in touch!
Details on the build soon, as I try and unravel some of its past…
Camera: Canon 5D Mk2 with 50mm f/1.8 lens.