I am new only to forums. I am 51 years old and have been on a bike constantly since I was 6 years old.I am mostly into road / touring and commuting when I can. A very good friend of mine (my independent bike shop owner of 25 years) gave me a used Giant ATX 970 two years ago. I do not know why I never got into mountain bikes before, but this is a real kick. Out here in New Mexico lots of mountains and deserts to do endless riding. My passion is any outdoor activity. I am going to do some mountain bike camping trips this summer. You can teach on old dog new tricks.