From John Olsen's 1989 book Mountain Biking:

On-road as well as off-road, the mountain bike is making its mark. City couriers like its strength and comfort, allowing them to beat bad roads and bad traffic.

'Average' bike messenger, circa 1989

Bad roads and bad traffic remain, but 20-odd years on—WTF, did messengers ever really ride MTB and dress like that?

You know what, I vaguely recall that they did…it was the '80s after all.



Or like this?

Treadly and Me

Now that I come to look at it, isn't that Kevin Bacon in the photo above? :-)