I bought a mountain bike on craigslist Sunday.
I've never had one before. I've been riding my daughter's too small one around town with my wife. It is more comfortable on the sidewalks and gravel than my road bike. But it has been fun, so I started looking for one my size. Here's what I ended up with. Nothing special, but it fit the bill.
Here's a gallery of photos of it.
I went mountain biking on it today for about two hours on a local metroparks trail. A reasonably easy trail according to my extremely experience mountain bike racing friend, but a real trail none-the-less, with roots, rocks, logs, a stream, etc.
This was the first time I've had a bicycle in the woods since I was about 12, 44 years ago. It was a lot of fun. I eventually needed to take a breather, and after that, the breathers got more frequent and longer. I only fell once, when I got a bit overconfident and tackled a semi-dry creek bed and found the rocks were still slick. I only fell over and just got a small scrape. I'm more concerned about all the poison ivy I was riding through.
I am going to be so sore tomorrow... I can't wait to go again!