How and when did you start mountain biking?

Thank you for the kind words. I think the original sub heading was ‘… 350 to 3500 bucks on a bike’ I’d have to change that to “750 to 8500” in a new version, I guess. Despite inflation I think it would still be 5 bucks (too cheap not to get).

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Now now, I paid 300 for my first one, mind you the onlything original is the frame.

Thanks again for your contribution, @tossedsalad! Your book and involvement with the MTB community made a difference for this biker and many others!

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Sorry to resurrect this old thread, but I just signed on today and found it pertinent because I’d just left a post about it on GMBN. I just moved to Pictou from Vancouver Island back in May. I had to sell my other bikes due to storage concerns as we were on the road for about a year. Two weeks ago I picked up a Trek Farley 5 and have put about it 300kms on it so far…I’m loving it because it is almost a return to my roots in MTB…here’s my story…

Back in ‘82 I walked into my LBS for parts for my Apollo Gran Tour. In the rack by the door we’re a couple of new bikes with wide knobby tires. I asked the owner what they were, he told me they were something new called a mountain bike, supposed to be able to ride off road on them. Moments later I was riding up and down stairs at the park across the street turning all the BMXer kid’s heads with this big knobby tired bike. It was a Nishiki Bushwacker in this beautiful graphite grey…I traded in my Gran Tour and never looked back.

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Welcome to the forum! No worries this thread is totally still open and ready to hear stories! You must ride over at Fitz a bit?! Also dont super nice feel good.

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Getting my riding legs back, I’ve ridden to Fitz but haven’t ridden on it yet, that’ll happen this week :slight_smile: Yeah the Super Nice made my day, Martyn was so animated about it :smile:

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Pictou town or Pictou county? You bay see @chiz traipsing around town on a blue/black trance.

Yeah, as @TheGOAT says… Fitz is a pretty fun trail system in the area.

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Needs a good whipper snipping. I’m going to call and see if they mind me doing a bit of weed eating and looping up there on the main trails. Hard to ride hard when you have no idea what’s under the grass lol

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Pictou town, I’ve seen some decent Norcos on the trail but mostly older folks out for rides. I’ll keep my eye out for that blue Trance and flag him down if I see him :smile:

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He loves a good day bike! There is some good stuff out to the windmills. Just be wary of the windmills out to the main road headed to Dalhousie mountain. Hard to see what’s coming the grass is so tall.

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If you see a big Squatch on a blacked out Norco say Hi. I dont bite and respond well to treats.

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I am usually up for a Fitz Rip and Darren has Jeff’s old ride for another victim. Now that @JeffV (still Spud for me) broke himself, maybe he needs me to work in that Rocky Mountain with some fast times on the big hill, hmmm?

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Lol. Nice try.

I was soo looking forward to riding Fitz with you after PEI too. Grrr.

Maybe september.

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Any idea who I’d contact about weed eating the trail out back of the windmills. One of the best sections and its hella overgrown.

I’ll keep a lookout for you too…and I’ll keep some cookies with me just in case lol

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I remember Slickrock and the racing series that would go on in behind Portland Estates.