I am new to this forum and also new to Logan, UT. Just moved here to join the faculty at Utah State Univeristy, teaching in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning. I moved here from Ann Arbor, MI. Although I do miss all the stuff of Ann Arbor, living back out west again is just great, particularly the bike riding. The mid-west was, well, it has nice flat terrian pretty much. Good for riding with aero bars and constantly feeling like you are on time trail training rides. Utah has some serious hills, and a base elevation of 5000 feet, so yes, I am getting fit!
I ride a Merlin Ti with a Kestral EMS fork, Campy Chorus mechanicals, and Rolf Vector Pro tubulars. The rest of the bike is a mix of Syncros stem and seat post, and Ritchey bars and compact crank. My butt sits on a Setta Italia Pro Link.
My mountain bike is a Tomac Revolver full suspension with SRAM X.O shifting and Manitou suspension front and rear. Easton and Thompson handle the bars, stem and seat post, with a FSA crank and Avid mechanical disk brakes. The Kenda tubless tires seem to work well here in the Rocky Mountains.
I have been primarily a roadie since the middle early 1970s, having owned some classics, by today's standards. Remember when a Columbus SL frame with Nuvo Record and Cinelli was just about as good as it got? I wish I had some of those olddies but goodies.
I bought my first Mountain bike in 1981, it was a Montare Mountain Bike make by Gary Fisher and Tom Ritchey. Sort of heavy at over 30 pounds and no suspension anything. The front fork had lots of trail so it steared slowly. Components were Shimano Deore with the cool little dear antlers logo, friction 6 speed (pre index - lots of fun going up hill), and again, I wish that I still had that bike because it was so rare (thank you to the #$%** who stole it). We use to ride in denim jeans and a cotton shirt and never wore helmets. At one point, we started to wear a rock climbing helmet figuring that it might be a good idea given the stupid stuff we were doing. Those early mountain bikes made you feel like a kid on a stingray, pulling wheelies, trying to get really airborn (ah, landing?), and just messing around.
Anyway, feel free to drop a line if you plan on being out here and want some one to ride with. Utah is one of the better kept secrets for skiing, hiking, and biking - both road and mountain.