Join Date: Jun 2005
Bikes: 1990 Trek 1500; 2006 Gary Fisher Marlin; 2011 Cannondale Synapse Alloy 105; 2012 Catrike Trail
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Good on you for getting back in the saddle. That Marlin should continue to serve you well until you decide you're ready for a road bike. I have that same bike, same year, but sans the discs and I think it's a great little bike for the money. I, on the other hand, have never taken mine off-road, as it was never my intention to. Maybe someday I will, but I got it mainly to ride on roads and paved trails until I was at a weight where I was psychologically comfortable back on my road back. So right off the bat I got a second wheelset with slightly narrower rims I could run 1.5s on, and it's been great. It actually equalizes my wife's and my efforts while she's on her old Panasonic road bike.
Still, I've been missing my road bike for a while and plan to get back on it as soon as I make a few comfort concessions in its setup and components. I'm not as young and flexible as I used to be.