I thought no such day would arrive that I would praise or even enjoy mountain bikes or mountain bikers. I always viewed them as Gumbies, tree bark munching and pond scum slurping snobs. I know that’s a unfair and not a nice statement. I have twisted the throttle to get my jollies, have for decades. A few years back I had a few mountain bikers put me in a very bad situation. I was climbing a gnarly off-camber uphill, momentum is important. At the top was a step-up. At which, two mountain bikers sat, taking up the whole width of the trail. They were watching me and refused to move. That’s bad trail etiquette and a bunghole move that left me with little to no-where to go. Unless I plow into them, bail off the side and crash or cut above them and possibly crash. I cut above them, called them some colorful names as I barely edged around them. I whisked the throttle WFO, my 2-stroke hit the powerband instantly and I grabbed another gear hard on the throttle. In short, I roosted the living ———— out of those two. In my mind, fair payment for putting everyone in peril. That has been my opinion of mountain bikers for a long time. Recently, my days upon a dirt bike dwindled. There are many reasons, mostly beat up from previous crashes and military service. So the bikes sat. My wife is a fitness junkie. She loves to workout. A while back she said she wanted to try mountain biking. I got her a Specialized hardtail. Soon she was telling me it’s a great workout and a lot of fun. She said I should try it. Lord have mercy I went out and bought a Rockhopper 29’er. I ate a lot of crow btw.. The first couple of rides were simple laps around the neighborhood. I thought I was in decent cardiovascular health. That wore me out. The next was riding no kidding trails. I learned very quickly, that dirt bike skills transfer over, standing, body placement, line choice...etc. I quickly turned into a junkie. But you have to work for it, i.e. uphill grinds. Hang on while I eat more crow.. We ride everywhere we can these days. I quickly outgrew my Rockhopper and now pilot a carbon fiber Pivot Switchblade, big upgrade. I’m in the process of upgrading my wife to the aluminum Switchblade. So far, everyone I have encountered on the trails, mountain bikers and hikers alike have been very pleasant and polite. My health has gotten better, I’m stronger—pipes and legs and I didn’t munch on tree bark or slurp on pond scum to get there. I do eat cleaner tho. Post up ride pics if you got em. I’ll do the same and keep this tread going. Yesterday’s ride, Cedar Creek in Ruidoso, New Mexico. We crept up over 7500. The views were spectacular, the trails were a lot of fun. We took it slow, unfamiliar with the area. Switchblade, agile, light and the boingers soak up just about everything. Please excuse the intrusive camelbak mouthpiece. Best viewed in 1080 minimum.