The sport of mountain biking allows you to feel like a kid again without others thinking you are crazy for playing in the mud. The feeling I get when I’m riding a bike on a great single track trail through the forest is what I consider one of the greatest feelings in the world. So yeah, it’s my favourite sport.
There are many degrees of skill when it comes to mountain biking and the sport, like others, is constantly evolving. Some people are happy to roll along on paved paths while others love to build ramps in the woods with the purpose of trying to nail a jump (no matter how many times they fall). The urban BMX riders seem to be content to hop on and off every ledge they can find. While the sport is open to anyone, some body types are more suited to the sport and unfortunately, mine is not one of them (you don’t see too many 200+ pound guys winning events) but nevertheless, I think I do pretty well for what I do. While downhill full suspension rides seem to be quite popular, I still prefer long rides that wind their way through the forest, through creeks and over roots/rocks.
Over the years, I’ve owned a few bikes and interestingly enough most are still active (just not owned by me). My original bike I bought for $600 at the tender age of 17 was sold to a close friend of mine who still rides it to this day. Sure it’s been overhauled 5 times but that chromoly frame is still kicking it. As they say, they built things better 20 years ago. I jumped up to a Gary Fisher bike which I used for a number of years and to this day, I still kind of regret selling it. I sold it to a friend of mine (who still rides it) and upgraded to a Schwinn Homegrown SE that was given to me a big discount (offer was hard to resist). The Schwinn lasted just over 10 years until I cracked the frame and then I bought and fell in love with my Ghost. It’s probably been the best bike I’ve owned and I hope to keep it for a number of years to come. Since I never bring my good bikes to work, I bought a Gary Fisher Piranha a number of years ago which I call my ‘commuter’ and with thin slick tires on it, it can really move despite having a steel frame.
Current and past bikes
- Ghost – HTX Lector 2977 (active – offroad bike)
- Gary Fisher – Piranha (active – cummuting bike)
- Schwinn – Homegrown SE (retired)
- Gary Fisher – Paragon (sold but active)
- Nishiki – Rockhound (retired)