Back in 2002 I bought a nice little Gary Fisher Mamba so I could ride the Katy (rails to trails) State Park trail with my new love. It wasn't long before I started finding bumps in the trail and concrete parking lot guards to run over, figured that shock had to have a purpose. Then I discovered a network of trails at Rock Bridge State Park and even closer to home. I bought a new seat, then a Yakima rack, then two more Fishers so my boys could ride, then another rail for the Yak, then things got serious. I scored clipless pedals for the Mamba and shoes for me, a Manitou Black Super Air fork (cost more than the bike), disc-ready front wheel, which let me move into the harder stuff, an Avid Juicy 7 disc brake (only $10 more than the Juicy 5 at Pricepoint) and a set of Panaracer Fires with yellow sidewalls to match the yellow and black bike. Did I mention the helmet (also yellow), the Topeak bag and pump, and the trigger shifter to replace the combo unit that wouldn't work when I added the Juicy? Plus WTB grips. All that's left to replace is the drive train and the frame -- will someone please stop me before I upgrade again? Am I nuts??? But this has been a fun bike and it's so heavy I can't seem to tear it up so I guess it's all been worth it.