Getting back into biking
A couple of months back I decided it was time to start riding my bike again. I need to drop some pounds and keep active. Plus I really enjoy riding.
I have a few bikes I'll make future articles on, but the short story is back in the early 2000's I had an old used 90's? Trek 800 MountainTrack mountain bike that I bought as my first real bike for $100 off Craigslist. I got the opportunity to take it on my first mountain bike trail sometime later on a very cool trail near Wetumpka, AL and absolutely loved it.
Recently I decided to start riding again, so I picked a paved road path I could ride from my home and not have to drive anywhere. If I made it convenient, I would go more, I told myself. This was fun for a while. Then I wanted to go faster. I swapped my off road tires out for road bike skinnies. I immediately gained 2mph on my top end and it was a much easier feeling ride, rougher, but less resistance on the road.
Now, when I wanted to go on a mountain bike trail, I was stuck having to swap wheels with my old Trek 800, which had the same size wheels and had off road tires. The gearing was a bit different, so the chain slipped somewhat on the highest gears. The price of convenience.
So, back to my wife not having a proper bike. She said she would ride a bike more if it was more comfortable to her. Makes sense. I spent an entire week scouring Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist, as well as local bike shops and even Amazon. I didn't want a cheap Walmart bike, so I was determined to find an older, but in good shape used higher end bike brand. After about a week of expanding my search radius, asking dozens of people to please measure the frame size, and getting dozens of "Sorry, It's already sold!" or finding out it was too small, I finally found a nice Trek MultiTrack 700. It's from the late 90's in a nice high gloss metallic red that was in decent shape about an hour away from me. I made the 2 hour round trip and paid $125 for it. It's a little rusty in a few spots internally, but shifts and rides super smooth. It's a hybrid style with 700c wheels.
So, I have a bunch of bikes now, and I'm really into riding again. I'll be posting up some of my more interesting adventures that I go on with some photos and write ups of the more scenic, interesting or technical trails.
Thanks for reading! See you on the trails!