Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: In the 212
Bikes: Haro Vector, IRO Rob Roy, Bianchi Veloce
It's summer, check the garage sales. Keep an eye out for bike brands you see in bike stores, not in CT or Walmart. As for "casual" mtbing, I'd say cyclocross at a minimum, but if you want to jump logs and do drops, you might want a mtb instead and just swap slicks for knobbies as needed. If you look at the CT mtb's, there's a sticker on the top tube that says, "Not for offroad use" or something to that effect.