June 16, 2016
I had never trail ridden before, saw a youtuber out in CO do it and it looked like alot of fun. Grabbed my old Diamondback Wildwood(Sporting Goods Store bike) from my parents house, and gave it a whirl. Needless to say I was surprised by the challenge that it gave me. One very steep sandy switchback in particular and a pretty much destroyed Monroe underpass made it impossible to stay on the bike the entire trail. I was glad to see there was a lot of work done to maintain the trail in the way of removing downed trees, mowing of some long grass that was growing up to the edges of the trail.
Learned my lesson, made some cheap but important improvements to the bike(Properly adjusted brakes, new saddled, properly adjusted derailuers, swapped my grip shifts from another old bikes trigger shifters, adjusted saddle height, new cables/housing, lower tier pressure) and some improvements to my skills(Learned to manual, bunnyhop, ect..) Don't worry I plan to get an actual MTB soon.
Second go round was very fun, the track dried out a bit and it was much faster and flowey, I was more confident and the Monroe underpass was fixed. Overall I think I found a new hobby thanks to youtube, and a group of MTN Bikers who made something I never would expected to exist in the middle of Toledo.