Hi, guys (and girls) - just wanted to say hello with my first post. Like many others, I'm brand new to mountain biking (but used to do freestyle and BMX in my younger days) and am looking forward to being part of the forum. Just for reference, I haven't had a bike in almost 20 years (my last bikes were a very late 80's teal/black Haro Team Sport and the ill-conceived early 90's Haro Master with totally aggro integrated bashguard! )
My original intent of getting into this was to use biking as a way to mix up my exercise regime and to make amends with myself for buying a gas guzzling car. After a couple of miles on the brand new bike however, I found myself taking detours to explore out of the way paths and trails (nothing super technical or fast, just old forest roads and a still-in-development local wilderness biking circuit) and relearning the joys of riding. Absolutely nothing beats the feeling of carving a smooth turn, wheely-ing a speed bump, or bunny hopping a pothole.
I'm happy to say that I already have 20 miles on my bike after two days of ownership and more than half of them are on unpaved surfaces! Makes me wonder why I was ever in such a hurry to get out of biking and get into driving...
Needless to say, I think I'm hooked. I'm now looking to buy my gf a new bike and am really looking forward to finding the best riding spots in my area (central NJ).
Sorry, no bike porn as of yet (forgot to upload them to photobucket at home). But I went with conventional wisdom and bought a 2009 Specialized Rockhopper Disc (26"). While I'm sure there was some salesmanship going on, the guy at the shop said that this was the first '09 Specialized that he's seen. I'll post pictures later but updates from the 2008 seem to be minor. Mainly colors & graphics (my bike is a matte black/charcoal and they've eliminated the dual color schemes of the 08 models).
Now the only remaining dilemma - how to transport my ride to various ride spots without hurting my other baby (2008 BMW M3 sedan). A rack is totally out of the question but I think it'll fit in the trunk/back seat if I take off the front tire. Between this and the gas prices, it almost makes me wish I had gone the smart route and got a Honda Fit instead .
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