I am Tom riding a Giant Boulder in Singapore. It is a Christmas gift from my daughter and son in law. This means I have been riding regularly for a couple of months now. I have upgraded the bike to all Deore including the hubs which now propel Mavic wheels on slicks. So the bike glides along at a pretty clip if I want it to. I had tried riding a trail locally but did not like the dirt and the mud which folks here say are part of the fun!!!!
Many years ago I used to ride an Olmo roadbike but have not been on a bike for more than 20 years. I am retired and am 69 years old and having a whale of a time riding my Boulder bike. And if truth be told I am crazy as a kid when it comes to the bike.... and incidentally have not played a game of golf since the bike appeared......
I ride at least 15 km daily and on 2 or 3 days a week I ride some 50 km and gaining strength and stamina as I keep the regimen up. My average riding pace is about 20 to 22 kmh and from time to time I let the bike rip at 30plus kmh.... I should perhaps ride a roadie but then I am 69 years old though my body has forgotten that it has aged.....
I am glad to have found a forum which discusses biking in a friendly and useful manner.