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Old 11-11-02, 10:02 PM
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How did you get into mountain biking.

Well I can safely say my story is a quite odd one.

I used too ride mountain bikes loads in the early 90's then went off them until about 6 months ago.

Heres the cool reason why I got into them again, last year because of some horrid thing that happened I became aggrophobic and could barely go out the house without having a panic attack, then I was in the garage oneday fixing up my ex's bike, when I thought "I know I'll go for a ride", I got too the end of the street and thought wow, got a mile or so down the road, and still no problems, and thought sod it and road into the busy city centre, somewhere because of the amount of people I hadnt been too in about a year as it freaked me out.

I spoke too the doctor about it and he said the endorphins from excercise help, I'm still not completly over it, as I sometimes have trouble walking half a mile too the local bike shop, but when I'm on my bike for example I can ride 20 miles and back too my mums house.

So its official, mountain biking is good for you, its not curing me, but its allowing me freedom too go places and enjoy the countryside for 1st time in along time, and combined with treatment I'm receiving has transformed my life.

I go on a forum dedicated too panic/anxiety related disorders and think my story will convert more people too mountain biking.

So how did you guys get into it?
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Old 11-11-02, 10:23 PM
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Wow, incredible storey. My dad suffered from aggoraphobia and was basically debilitated by it for years (my spelling is insufferable )) Good luck with everything, biking would be a great way to get over something like this.

Mine is simple, I lived in Ontario and could never find anything to keep me interested. Long trips bore me to no end so I can't do pure xc. I couldn't find anything technical enough (didn't even know what it was 10 years ago) to keep me interested so I was a pure commuter of short distances.

I moved to whistler 2 years ago december and bought my first real mtb 6 months ago. I fell in love. I could go out and kill myself for 3 hours but the terrain is soo technical my brain didn't have time to get tired. I slowly progressed to where that 3 hour tour now takes me 1.5 hours. Now I am also (at the ripe age of 28 as of next season) going to try dirtjumping to get over some fears I have of 'air' and trials to gain more control ovr my bike for the really technical manmade sections.

Needless to say I fell in love and haven't looked back
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Old 11-11-02, 10:42 PM
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Well I'm 28 next month

I got over my fear of air by accident, I simply didnt see the concrete ramp type object that I presume being next too a river was for a drainage pipe, until I was actually in the air.

Best thing for fear is doing it, there was one bit for ages I was worried about and bottled it, its basically a small drop off, onto an embankment, but as it goes down forwards infront, it also slopes off too the left too a sheer drop down into a deep river, first time I did it in the dry, now I just go off there even when its wet and have too do it fast as I can, its a case of getting too the bottom before you slide off towards the river when its muddy. You get some very odd looks from people walking over the bridge that the bank comes down from, they kinda mutter things like why dont he use the steps, guess they just aint got the bug.
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Old 11-11-02, 10:58 PM
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My friend about 4 years ago was always asking me to get on my old huffy and go riding with him. Being the lazy POS I was, I always came up with an excuse not to go.

So one day last march of this year, I decided to take up mountain biking. I started looking at bikes, and save up money and by may I bought my first bike.

It was weird because the day before I had decided, I had not thought a thing about starting to bike. It was a very sudden thing; it came out of nowhere. So back in march I started avidly researching a lower end bike. Presently I am avidly researching my next bike that I will hopefully purchase in the next few months.
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Old 11-11-02, 11:36 PM
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That's an impressive story. Mine's not nearly as cool. I started because all of my friends in grade school were starting to get mountain bikes for their birthdays or Christmas (department store of course), but my parents said if I wanted one, I had to buy it. So I paid 50 bucks for a used Huffy. It was all about gears then, so I got a lot of prestige for having "18 speeds." It was just a point A to point B thing back then and the glory faded. When I went away to school however, my roommate turned out to be a "crazy biker guy" and I started a little bit again on his bike When I got out for the summer, I went home and took one look at my Huffy, and knew something had to be done. My new bike has been one of my most favoured purchases (but it places behind my soccer ball and cleats). I guess I just told the story of the masses as far as mountain biking is concerned.
PS - Isn't it agoraphobia? Sorry, just wasn't sure.
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Originally posted by iamlucky13
PS - Isn't it agoraphobia? Sorry, just wasn't sure.
I'm not sure, in England we pronounce it aggrophobia and I've noticed on US tele its pronounced agoraphobia.

I've just checked a leaflet on it and as far as I know I am correct, I think agoraphobia is when you are scared of woolen jumpers made from agora rabbit wool, damn there called angora rabbits, it would of been a funny joke honest.
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Old 11-12-02, 09:27 AM
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I kinda evolved with the sport. In the early 80's, I was into BMX racing and was on the "freestyle" wave when it hit. I was riding halfpipes and into jumping..etc. all the things crazy kids did at the time. Started working at a bike shop at age 14, and got one of the first generation mt bikes, it was more of a commuter at the time, but still considered a mt. bike. It was a Univega Rover 10. That bike was awesome (at the time), I rode it all over and then some.

I kept it through college, and then got into road bikes, did that for a couple of years. One of my cycling buddies became my roommate and he had a Cannondale mt bike (no suspension). That next summer I bought a GT Karakoram and we started riding as much as we could. The road bikes were used less and less.

After graduation, I got a job, moved and stopped riding since I lost all my riding buddies. My brother-in-law got the urge and bought a new bike, and I told him, "great, now we'll start riding together". My wife asked pointedly, "Where's my bike?" So, we went shopping and I bought her a new bike as well. The three of us did a lot of riding and my wife and I became "addicted", started to take mt biking vacations, rode every weekend...etc. I ended up spending so much time at my LBS, they put me to work on Saturdays there. Now, I'm totally engrained in the sport! I still contemplate opening my own shop from time to time.

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Old 11-12-02, 10:01 AM
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Nice story, with alot off people it like me seems too have been a 1st teenage love that was lost and now is found ha ha, and now you got it back you are never going too let it go.

Nice too hear your better half is into bikes aswell.
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Old 11-15-02, 01:09 PM
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A couple friends from work always were talking about their rides, and it sparked some interest in me. I ended up buying a Trek 4500 and riding with them. Glad I did!
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It was about 15 or 16 years ago when the first MTB`s came into Australia,graduating from scooters to Malvern Star dragsters to 10 speed Speedwells and 12 speed road racers,the first time I saw one I wanted one,I layed down a deposit for my Trusty Apollo
Kousiosko[$435.00]15 speed,I thought it was the bee`s knee`s of the duck`s gut`s,on today`s standard`s it was really a peice scrap.I estimate [before computers] I did about 10 or 12000 km`s on the old beast,it did serve me well,I guess the weight of it had something to do with the strenght of it.Well I`m still riding to this day 14 years later,I`d hate to think the amount I`ve spent on components and accessories in that time.Here`s hoping I get another 14 years.
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I, like many juvenile delinquents, was into bicycles. I never really lost interest. When I shed my delinquent ways and went to college, I met up with a few people (early 90s) who would frequent the local singletrack on their unsuspended mnt bikes and thrash themselves. I was fascinated by it, so I would borrow one of their bikes every once in a while and ride with them.

A few years later, I found myself in Wyoming. There were many places to ride right outside of Laramie, so I got myself a bike ('96 GT Timberline, unsuspended) and started hitting it. My summers of mnt biking were a blast.

6 years and a couple of bikes later, I find myself in the St Louis area. A definite change of scenery and riding terrain, but I find myself still enjoying the trails.

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Congrats, UKmtb

I got into biking when I was just a wee lad. Used to visit my dad over the summer at his camp. Didn't have a car, had a bike.

Me and my brother used to bomb down a ridge behind our camp at god knows how fast. There was about a half mile climb, then the fun decend Just coasting it would have been about 20mph, but we sprinted it I'm amazed I didn't kill myself on that bike. It was a rusted yellow "Ridge Runner" (I thought the name was appropriate. lol)

End of story. Boring, I know.
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A buddy and I were road riding one day while having a deep discussion that would result in all the worlds problems being solved. The discussion required such vast amounts of mental dedication that my attention to riding suffered and I failed to notice the road construction site until just before my front wheel augered into the deep soft dirt in the road repair area.

To late, I was pitched over the bars, tacoed my front wheel and broke my thumb. I've been hooked on mountain biking ever since.
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20 years ago we called it BMX.. we rode the trails in the ravine not far from whre I grew up.
I had a "shock bike" front suspension "BMX" bike, must have weighed 40 lbs.
Id tear round the trials on that beast all summer long...

Last year I found myself cycling again after finding a bike without wheels on the side of the highway while working.

I put a set of wheels on it and started to ride 10 k in the mornings.. then 12k to work... then around some trails... then to the trails and back once a week...

Now Im full bore into this sport... riding two two three times a week, but for now I'm on my trainer with a broken wrist, wondering if it'll heal stong enough to get a little ridding in before the snow closes us down for winter!

I so wanted to give 'cross a try this fall... well theres allways next year!!
 

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