Well, after a long haitus I have decided to get back in to riding. I grew up around biking as my entire family (dad's side) has been heavily involved in riding for years. In high school, I did a lot of road riding in a Gilmore team frame, but eventually got out of it and let life get in the way.
Fast forward more than a few years (I'm 35 now) and I have a computer job and long commute that have turned my spare tire in to a full set of tires. I got in to vehicle offroading and went so far as to start www.wheelingarizona.com. Eventually my wife and I had too many kids to fit in our 4runner, so I got out of the sport and sold the website, but I still miss being on the trail.
When my dad bought his new fancy-schmancy CF road bike, he gave me his old but trusty Allez Pro, but I just couldn't seem to get back in to road biking. That's when I started really thinking about MB's. I guess I miss being on the trail.
Well, my wife and I have just picked up some bikes and we are ready to start getting some exercise. I'm horribly out of shape and a little concerned I'm going to fall over dead as soon as I leave the driveway, but still willing to try. We are looking for some easy rides to get going at first, probably all pavement or super easy dirt as we will be towing the kids in a trailer (isn't that cute ). I live about 2 miles from Fantasy Island in Rita Ranch, but that's going to have to come later. I'm a much more aggressive person than my wife, so I expect I will be on the real dirt fairly soon, but I don't want to die on the trail and ruin someone elses good riding day. I'll just have to be patient.
I was thinking of some of my neighborhood area, and then moving up to the Old Spanish Trail area. The wife and I aren't crazy about riding on major streets, especially with the trailer full of mini-me's, so I'm looking for low traffic areas. I heard there is a trail near the Rillito, but I don't know much about that. I'm looking for stuff like that. I need to keep it fresh so we don't get too bored.
EDIT: This is my Dad's side of the family: http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/154550.php
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