I am here to learn how to find a good cheap "mountain bike like" comuter bike for a short ride to work. I once fancied myslef a mountain biker. But pretty nuch just drove around with my Rockhopper on the rack of my Pathfinder. I gave the bike to friend a few years ago in exchange for a 36' TV.
I am bound and determined to find a reliable (yet stylish) commuter for a hundred fifty bucks or less.
The "real" bikers likely hate me.