Hello from (insert location here) - New to mountain biking!
I'm twenty years old and have been riding bikes for about 5 years now. I started out riding road bikes in Orange County, CA and have just recently moved up to San Francisco for school (riding partners wanted). I started out on a specialized allez that my dad got for me at the swap meet and put thousands of miles on it. Then upgraded to an Orbea Orca about 3 years ago which was a nice change to say the least. Around the same time, I started to get interested in ss/fg. I most recently rode an IRO angus, and before that, an old leader road bike conversion that I acquired through craigslist. I used to ride ~150-200 miles a week when I was living at home. Also really familiar with riding in groups and packs but never really got into racing or anything like that.
The sad part is that I couldn't bring any of my bikes up to SF with me BUT I just bought my first mountain bike off craigslist! Trails and places to ride off-road are plentiful up here in the bay area compared to SoCal (at least I think so) so I decided to change it up a bit. Now I will be riding a Bianchi DISS with a bunch of aftermarket upgrades and brand new avid BB7's!
I'M LOOKING FOR RIDING PARTNERS IN SF AND THE BAY AREA (MTB). I HAVE A CAR SO I DON'T MIND DRIVING TO RIDE. NOT LOOKING FOR A BABYSITTER OR A TEACHER/INSTRUCTOR, JUST SOMEONE THAT I CAN LEARN THE ROPES FROM. PLEASE PLEASE PM ME, I AM DOWN TO RIDE ALMOST ANY TIME!
Also, how do people get into mountain biking? Road biking is easy; you open your door and there are roads and you ride wherever you want. Mountain Biking seems a little more complicated to me. How do you find trails? How do you know which routes to take when you get to the actual trail heads?