my nameís rasheed. iím from toronto. i just wanted to drop a little something here in the intro forum to introduce myself and say hi to everyone.
a little info on me:
iím 26 yrs old, married with a kid on the way. born and raised in toronto, canada. wifeís from london, uk. my wife and i are both converts to islam, and of filipino decent. i work full-time in an addiction and mental health centre as a data entry clerk...
iíve been browsing the forums for a while now and finally decided to register for an account today. i was shown this forum a while back when a friend and i were looking for forum designs to give us some ideas Ė we were helping out some guys design another discussion forum (focused mainly on religion). since then, iíve been coming back to check stuff out, reading posts here and there.
finding this messageboard re-kindled my interest in biking, which i havenít really done much of since highschool. i wanted to get back into it for a number of reasons, one of them being that both my wife and i wanted to get back in shape - since i started working at the hospital, iíve gained about 30 some-odd pounds and iíve also developed a bit of a gut (when i started working here at the hospital, i weighed around 125-130lbs... iím now around 160 something Ė damn deskjob and cafeteria food!!!). she wanted a treadmill, i wanted to ride.
my brother had an old mountain bike lying around, so i started with that, riding to work every now and then (the rideís about 25km, there and back Ė downhill to work, uphill back home). a few weeks ago, i decided to get a new bike... 1. because the bike i was using wasnít mine in the first place... 2. because it was too big for me and i found my back hurting after a while on the long ride (iím about 5í7Ē and the old bike Ė i think Ė is a medium). i got a lot of help from reading the mountain bike forum on this board (thanks guys), seeing what guys thought of certain bikes, what was better for the beginner Ė full-suspension or hardtail... costs and whatnot...
i finally decided on the gary fisher tassajara. i found a shop here that had the 2002 model with disc brakes in a small and ended up grabbing it for an alright price (considering bikes here in canada seem to cost a bit more than bikes in the states). the bike is stock except for the end bars i had put on them. so far itís great. i havenít gotten a chance to take it off road just yet, but hopefully iíll get a chance to do so this weekend. iím planning of checking out one of the old trails i used to ride back in highschool... the guy at my LBS told me that theyíve cut some new trails there. so weíll see.
a little info the new bike:
2002 gary fisher tassajara Ė black/red (small).
fork: manitou six elite.
brakes: magura julie hydraulic discs.
crank set: shimano.
front & rear derailleurs: shimano deore.
handlebar: bontanger crowbar.
bar ends: gary fisher fishsticks.
saddle: wtb sst.x.
seat post: bontanger sport.
shifters: shimano deore rapidfires.
front & rear hubs: shimano deore.
front & rear rims: alex ta19.
tires: irc mythos xc.