Before this weekend I had ridden real mountain bike trails maybe four times in my life. I knew I would enjoy it, but the consequences of falling also kept me wary. I took what I thought was a small fall while riding down Lookout Mountain a few years ago, but when I reached the bottom a huge chunk of my helmet was gone. It really put into perspective how close we really take it.
My roommate just restored a Gary Fisher hardtail that he bought at a thrift store for $20. Turns out it's a pretty awesome bike! I rode some Boulder Open Space trails Friday and was hooked immediately. Saturday I went with my friend Lee France to Buffalo Creek in the South Platte area in Central Colorado.
The trails there are a nice contrast to the super rocky trails in the open space. The hardtail bruised my bottom - kind of accentuated the "need" for a full suspension. The Buffalo Creek trails are a bit more flowy, smoother and less rough, but still a lot of fun to rip down.
Side note: My Sony A6000 has been held hostage by the warranty repair company for almost 4 months now. I put my Rokinon 12mm Lens on Lee's A6000's. It was so nice having such a great camera for shooting action sports in such a small package. Secured on my backpack with my Peak Design Capture!