Let's see...neck is strong enough/recovered enough for mountain biking again - CHECK
Attended the 2012 MidWest Women's MTB Clinic to get a refresher on basic skills - CHECK
Bike currently in shop getting the front shifter changed from SRAM X9 trigger to SRAM X0 Grip - CHECK (thumb arthritis in the left hand really forced the issue). Looking forward to checking out the new shifter setup this weekend on a day trip to my favorite trails.
I might leave the shifters mixed, I might eventually replace the right as well, we will see. The left shifter is quite cheap to replace since I've a triple and those prices have really dropped. The right - very different story since I've a 10-speed cassette. I've an (almost) stock 2011 Jamis Dakar XC Comp that came with a triple & 10 speed rear.
I not only survived my rematch on the trail that gave me whiplash in October, but I kicked its a*z AND rode a new trail I've not ridden before in Brown County State Park.The North Tower Loop might be classified as a beginners trail, but it is very different from the other two beginners trails so I am pleased with how I rode it; while I did walk a small portion of it. That is ok, my bike needs cross-training so walking takes care of that My riding partner told me that I was riding better/faster than last year before my injury. Sweet!
I think I am ready for a 4 night camping/trail riding/hiking vacation at the same park now
I just had to share, as a 52 year old beginner who just stepped over a mountain bike for the first time exactly one year ago I am very happy to get back on the trails after an 8 month break from the injury.
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