Thanks to Santa Wife (and Kids), I'm back in the MTB game after almost 20 years - I got a Santa Cruz 5010 Aluminum with dropper post and Shimano clipless pedals. My last MTB was a non-suspension Mongoose that weighed almost 40 lbs (I was only 180, though, so the total is still the same). I rode around our hilly, sandy, bumpy yard a bit today and remembered how much fun off-road riding is.
I've just hit 1000 miles on my road bike since Labor Day, and can say that I've lost 50 of my target 70 lbs thanks to that and diet. I also want to encourage any other newbies or old-newbies (like me) to ride and have fun. The Santa Cruz is awesome, and I'm not worried if it has the most travel, best angle, etc of any bike. It's WAY more bike than I am a rider, and I probably can spend the next five years trying to catch up.
If any of you ride in North County San Diego, I hope to see you on the trails and roads soon!
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