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    Quote Originally Posted by dfrink View Post
    So here I am twenty years later, feeling good at the young age of 35, and I don't know where to start on these forums? I don't really do DH, no AM, consider myself a cross country rider, but not a racer, and not enduro. I guess passion is a good place to start?
    forget all the riding type designations, as long as your wheels are rolling and having fun that's all that matters. Also, don't buy into the wheel size hype, if you love your bike that's all that matters. Love seeing all the replies about people getting back into the sport after a long hiatus!

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    Wow, this is great! Sounds like I'm not the only guy who got out of the sport for a while in my twenties. I will say after a few rides, the bike under me feels pretty natural again. I definately agree with others that I'm not as "balls out" as I was when I was younger. Thanks for the great stories, maybe I'll see some of you on the trail...

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    I wish there was a forum for "Just like to ride my bike on the trails," for those of us who aren't in the specialized bike categories. "Passion" is a good category but it wasn't obvious to me for a while that I should be looking there.

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    pretty much the same story. I rode a lot when I was young, haven't been on a bike for over 15 years.
    I still have my 1995 Cannondale F1000 which at the time I thought was such a nice bike. Now that I've been in the LBS and see all the full suspension bikes I feel very outdated.

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    welcome back.. bikes are just fun, no matter what kind you ride.

    I started in 1990 and haven't left much, but the advances in technology have really made it fun.

    I am 44.. at 37 I started Dhing and I can't believe how fun it is. I would like to say I keep it safe as I am a dad, but damn did I hit some big a$$ jumps last year (Google dwayne johnson at whistler). now, I wouldn't recommned just doing that, I have made what I feel like are smart and small steps along the way.

    Again, bikes are just plain ole fun.. today I did a nice XC loop after work and was all smiles (until I saw the rattlesnake)....
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    Add me to the list of comebacks...
    Started riding in 1995 and stuck with it through 2000 or so, then work, wife, kids, and a bit of rock guitar dream chasing put it out of the picture.
    After a bad year last year something had to give so I picked up a Trek X-Caliber 29er (I am also a short guy at 5'6") and started back in.
    I just like flowing singletrack...nothing crazy. I'm calling it mountain biking.
    The gear is different but the buzz feels the same thankfully.

    Also, this is my first post! If anyone is west of Boston and wants to ride with someone just getting their legs back, drop me a line!
    Cheers!

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    Don't let anybody tell you your kind of riding is the wrong kind of riding, Wolfcandy!

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    Thankfully no one has Anne! At least not yet.
    Although I have been pretty much a loner on the trails after starting back up last fall. Time to find new riding buddies...first goal of the season. (This whole starting again thing is actually a blast!)

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    Out of touch at 35?

    I rode all the time up until about my senior year of HS, and from there I lived in a variety of places that weren't very conducive to mountain biking, at least in the 90s. I moved to MT 10 years ago and found myself in a place with loads of singletrack out my door, so I bought a used M2 Stumpy and got back into it. It took me a little while to adjust to all the changes in the 12+ years since I'd left, but it didn't take long. I've been increasingly passionate about it every year since. And I have a lot of hilarious high school photos of me and my bike that just slay my friends who are 10-15 years younger.
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    Jeez, sounds like a bunch of us has stories that sort of mirror each other...albeit a few years apart or on the other side of the country. Im turning 30 next week and after a 12ish year hiatus i began riding again back in 2010.

    I too fell out of the sport in the mid 90s after a few years of mtb'ing being my life. I read mountain bike action religiously. I dreamed of all the bikes i would have if i had the money. Most importantly, i rode hard and rode ofter.

    Kind of fell out of it around 97. Life and typical teenage-early 20's priorities got in the way. From time to time i would get back into it for a few weeks but it was never the same. I couldnt get that feeling like when i was young and nothing else mattered. After a few years of car stuff and winter boredom decided to ressurect my old bike and began shopping retro parts on ebay (i am way too nostalgic) and the rest is history. 2010 was the best riding season for me ever. Finally got the spark back. That feeling i hadnt felt in a decade came out.

    A few years went by and im no longer single so i don't get out as often as id like but i never let much time go by where im not riding or at least maintaining the fleet, buying parts, watching videos etc. I feel like biking is one of the few things left for me that helps maintain my sanity

    This thread makes me really happy. Hopefully you all feel what i have a hard time putting into words. I try to explain to the mrs that its more than a hobby or sport but i can never convey it

    PS- for those who havent started night riding yet i am pretty sure the technology has advanced 100x faster for bike lights then the bikes themselves. You can now get lights for a fraction of the price that are several times brighter and run much longer, all while being smaller and lighter than what we had in the 90s!

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    Out of touch? I've never really been in touch and I'm 54...

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    Quote Originally Posted by manbeer View Post
    I feel like biking is one of the few things left for me that helps maintain my sanity

    This thread makes me really happy. Hopefully you all feel what i have a hard time putting into words. I try to explain to the mrs that its more than a hobby or sport but i can never convey it
    You may have to keep trying to get the Mrs to understand, its not always easy to explain, but with what you said above is a good start.

    I describe it as therapy. My wife has learned that when I ride regularly I am happier and a better husband/person all around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcswol View Post
    pretty much the same story. I rode a lot when I was young, haven't been on a bike for over 15 years.
    I still have my 1995 Cannondale F1000 which at the time I thought was such a nice bike. Now that I've been in the LBS and see all the full suspension bikes I feel very outdated.
    Same story here, too. Just turned 34 and started riding into work, now want to do more trail, touring, and all around biking/camping. There's probably some category for that now but I know I want the versatility of a mountain bike.

    Saved up a whole year to buy my '94 F-1000 brand new then went to college and rarely used it. Still have it and use it now. One of two reactions happen at the LBS: "cool Cannondale! Whoa, a Headshok!" The younger employees just silently look at it, confused about why some old guy (me) wouldn't just buy a new $5,000 bike (that's not gonna happen!).

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    ^^^ Best option? Go to a bike demo/expo and do some test rides. Soooo many choices out there now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    ^^^ Best option? Go to a bike demo/expo and do some test rides. Soooo many choices out there now.
    I'm actually thinking of sticking with the old warhorse (bike)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rh32 View Post
    Same story here, too. Just turned 34 and started riding into work, now want to do more trail, touring, and all around biking/camping. There's probably some category for that now but I know I want the versatility of a mountain bike.

    Saved up a whole year to buy my '94 F-1000 brand new then went to college and rarely used it. Still have it and use it now. One of two reactions happen at the LBS: "cool Cannondale! Whoa, a Headshok!" The younger employees just silently look at it, confused about why some old guy (me) wouldn't just buy a new $5,000 bike (that's not gonna happen!).
    Called Bike-packing. That is what I am training to do. The combination of 2 of the things I like most.

    My "getting back into it" story is the same as pretty much everyone elses. Rode a way of life from age 4-16...BMX mostly. Backwoods trails, and them some dirt racing in the early 80's as a teen. Got a MTB right before college hit heavy, and I decided to tour the country living in a van playing thrash metal/punk rock. Got out of it until about 5 years ago as therapy for a serious bout of depression.

    Was hit with all the new tech, but this sight and help from friends of mine got me sort of caught up. Now I am also getting back into the BMX stuff with my step-son, and as many have said, biking is my therapy. Biking and music were the 2 main elements in my formative years (4-16) and they are still the 2 main things in my life.

    Sanity is loud, fast heavy metal, and light fast Chromoly underneath me; Looking at parts in the LBS or online that I don't even need. Bikes are beautiful machines. Trails are beautiful places to be.

    Summer project is building a BMX bike...love it!

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    Welcome back to riding. I think there's a whole lot of people who rode when they were younger, got out, and jumped back in around mid 30's. I know I did.

    The cannondale is cool, and if you like it, no reason not to ride it. Except for replacement tires and brake pads due to age/dryrot, and headshock service, it should be good. The headshock service is what'll get you. If it stops working, probably worth looking at a headset reducer to use a modern tapered fork on the frame. The headshocks can be fixed with a lot of effort, but it's a skill that's quickly dying. Harder and harder to find.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rh32 View Post
    Saved up a whole year to buy my '94 F-1000 brand new then went to college and rarely used it. Still have it and use it now. One of two reactions happen at the LBS: "cool Cannondale! Whoa, a Headshok!" The younger employees just silently look at it, confused about why some old guy (me) wouldn't just buy a new $5,000 bike (that's not gonna happen!).

    Still probably THE BEST handling front suspension right there.
    Those Headshoks just tracked. Buttery smooth, since they rode on 4 sets of needle bearings.

    My ONLY complaint was they were weak. I blew out cartridge after cartridge on my '93 or '94 Super V 900.

    I would love to see a newer, better damped and longer travel version of a headshok. The "lefty" is as close as we have now, but something that uses a normal 15mm through axle.

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    Another one here. Rode quite a bit back in the mid 90's, still vividly remember my Marin Diablo and then one of the fist GT full suspension bikes. Moved and got busy with life and kids stopped riding.

    Got back into it again last year at 45, started with a good used Giant anthem which really got me back into the sport. Told myself if I could do 1200 miles in 2015 I would get a new bike, so this got my new Pivot.

    I do find that my recovery times are not as quick as they were when I was in my 20's, but I get stronger and quicker with every ride.
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    I think it's a little funny to see so many people in their early-mid 30s self-identifying as old. You're only as old as you feel and act. I'm 42. Nearly all my riding partners are 10-15 years younger than me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evasive View Post
    I think it's a little funny to see so many people in their early-mid 30s self-identifying as old. You're only as old as you feel and act. I'm 42. Nearly all my riding partners are 10-15 years younger than me.
    I think this is a remnant of the elementary school thinking where at 10 years old with your parents in their thirties anything older than high school was considered ancient. I know in my late 20's there was a lot of stuff: family tragedy, getting into the work grind, having less time and less enthusiasm for getting together with friends, life, etc. and it made me grow up. Now being 38 I am guilty myself of using the I'm too old excuse. However, it only takes a mile or less on some wheels and I simply do not care about my age anymore. So, maybe I'm too old to get what the younguns are into but I'm also old enough to not care about it and have the confidence to do my own thing and be happy with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watts888 View Post
    Welcome back to riding. I think there's a whole lot of people who rode when they were younger, got out, and jumped back in around mid 30's. I know I did.

    The cannondale is cool, and if you like it, no reason not to ride it. Except for replacement tires and brake pads due to age/dryrot, and headshock service, it should be good. The headshock service is what'll get you. If it stops working, probably worth looking at a headset reducer to use a modern tapered fork on the frame. The headshocks can be fixed with a lot of effort, but it's a skill that's quickly dying. Harder and harder to find.
    Yeah, fortunately it still works great. Had new tires put on last year and getting the creak andfail bottom bracket replaced. Add some panniers a someday and good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rh32 View Post
    Add some panniers a someday and good to go.
    and the Cannondale's not as cool any more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dfrink View Post
    I got into mountain biking back in the early 90's (when I was 15). Road for a number of years, eventually broke my wrist, and took some time off (girls, beer, partying, college, etc.). When I used to ride full suspension was just getting fine tuned, there was only one wheel size, bar ends were mandatory, all mountain was not in the vocabulary, and Ned Overend was my hero.

    So here I am twenty years later, feeling good at the young age of 35, and I don't know where to start on these forums? I don't really do DH, no AM, consider myself a cross country rider, but not a racer, and not enduro. I guess passion is a good place to start? I live in Nor Cal, so that thread works. I'm sure this has been hashed out a hundred times before, but what happened to the guy who liked to just ride cross country on a hard tail 26 inch wheel bike?

    By the way, I recently got a Marin Palisades Trail (yes I stayed with a 26 because I'm short at 5'6" and was skeptical of the standover clearance) and I'm officially hooked again! Feels great to get back into the sport! I should add a thanks, because even though I feel like a homeless guy on this forum, it sure is a great place to get a LOT of great information.

    Dan
    you're story sounds a lot like mine, I did a lot of riding until I turned 16 and got a car. At 33 I started riding again, now it's been two years and I'm totally happy and don't see quiting ever again!
    check out my youtube channel if you want: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjx...qrrJzWuQt9k3ng

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    I wish I had started on my 30's and not on my late 40's : ) but as mentioned above, once you start rolling you don't think of age.
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