I've had bikes my whole life, but I never rode seriously until this past summer. A friend of mine is an avid mountain biker and he invited me along one Saturday. I had a mountain bike I bought at Sears a few years ago, so I went along. Needless to say, I was hooked. It took less than two months to destroy the Sears bike, but I've replaced it. I now have a Specialized Hardrock and a LeMond Etape. I tend to ride more on the road than on the trails, but I'm doing both and loving it.
I'm still a beginner, and I'm always looking for new places to ride.