And I only fell three times. Sac River trails are a LOT more reasonable than Busiek. Though I can still find places that whip my butt. I am starting to get a teensy bit more comfortable on the trails. I am finding that I do not care for the clipless/platform pedals when I am on the trail, seems like the wrong side is always up and I have to concentrate on finding the right side to get clipped in. I also think I need to pop for the multi-release cleats, as that likely would have taken out at least one of the falls.
I also put on a big ring protector, it already has hit one rock shelf. At the same time I bought a bash ring that takes the place of the third chainring. If this were a strictly trail bike, that would be the way to go, but since I do see using it for other purposes too, I think the big ring protector is what will stay on.
Mountain bikes are fun.