Great forum and I found some usefull information here when shopping for a new mountain bike so thanks. I just bought a Specialized Hardrock Sport last weekend at my LBS. I also bought a new Burley trailer to tote my 7 month old daughter around in. I haven't owned a bike in about 7 years since I sold my Specialized FSR Comp mountain bike (decided to buy a new canoe and used the money for that).
Since selling that bike 7 years ago I have gained about 60 lbs. Part of that was getting married and caring less about my appearance but I have been pretty lazy the last few years. My wife convinced me to buy a high end elyptical machine this winter and it was $4000 . I used it daily for a couple of weeks before getting off it for a day or two and havent gotten back on.
The new bike is great. I've pulled the trailer around the neighbourhood a couple of times and our baby seems to like it other than any big bumps so I have to be carefull about that but we are hoping to get a lot of use out of it this summer. I went out on Sunday with a friend for a 90 minute trail ride on some nice single track trails in a local park. Most of it was not too technical and pretty dry but I hopped a few small logs acoss the trail and climbed some steep hills. Loved the bike!! My rear was quite sore and I am thinking about a new saddle better designed for a 6'3" 280 lb guy but overall I liked this mount a lot. My last bike was full suspension but heavy and slow. The hardrock feels better despite being a cheaper bike.
I mounted my gps on the handlebars so it was great to see the distance, speed and other info. There is something satisfying about going back afterwards and downloading the track into my computer so I can see exactly where I was riding along the side of a creek.
Anyways... great forum and tons of activity here based on all the new posts and responses. I also just went and ordered some t-shirts from Twin Six after reading about them on here - cool company and even ordered a onesie for the baby!