Heidi Davis is a founding member of the New England Mountain Bike Association, a collection of chapters dedicated to preserving and enjoying the trails that exist in the North Eastern corner of the US. Heidi was also a Fat Chance team rider during the late 80s and early 90s, and her custom MTB was recently and briefly for sale on the floor of Boston’s Superb Bicycle.
NEMBA holds an important role within the mountain bike scene: training their members to be custodians of their trails and the precious spaces in which they inhabit. Heidi’s Chris Chance-built MTB would have been (and still is) the perfect vehicle to explore those trails, and it’s a testament to Heidi’s vision that NEMBA has now been established for over 20 years. Late last year Heidi decided it was time to move this piece of MTB history on, and it found its way to the floor of Boston’s Superb Bicycle store. The frame is equipped with Campagnolo’s prototype mountain components, pre-dating their short-lived Euclid gruppo, and also features details such as a snake wrapping around the front brake noodle and an enigmatic paint and decal scheme.
It is now sold: I’ll assume the new owner appreciates the value of the bike that’s in their possession, whether by riding or preserving it, in the same way it inspired Heidi Davis to found NEMBA. Special thanks to Jason Hollingsworth for the photography and the crew at Boston’s Superb Bicycle.