My current ride isn't suitable for this particular subforum (it's a 2000 Rockhopper FSR that I've built up from a bare frame with modern parts).
The name is Paul, I'm a 40-year old Wiganer who moved out to Lincolnshire a couple of years back (though I now spend a lot of time back in Wigan due to my job).
My cycling history is a little mixed to say the least, started out with a road bike when I was 11 - that got wrecked in a disagreement with a MK1 Ford Escort - a friend took it off my hands for parts in exchange for a Raleigh Burner (later traded the whole bike for a Puch BMX with Tange forks, SR stem and diamondback bars that I built up with a nice blue ano pair of Araya wheels).
Spent a few years looning around on that before I got my first MTB - a Falcon IIRC, early 90's model that I can't remember a lot of detail about except it was made of Reynolds 500 tubing and had a fairly poor groupset on there (Altus C-10 or similar), I was working in a bike shop as a mechanic/wheelbuilder back then so had access to parts cheap/free (mainly stuff I pulled off customer bikes when they upgraded) so the bike eventually ended up with mostly Deore gear on there (with a 7-speed freewheel as I never did get access to a cassette!).
Later on I got a real job and the Falcon was sold (I still miss her), was bikeless for a few years before getting a rather heavy BSO given to me, this was upgraded to 21-speed but I never really used it much as it wasn't as much fun as the old bike...
I dug the thing out of the shed a couple of months ago to see if it would be feasible to repair it or use it as a donor bike for the FSR frame I picked up for £30 - answer was "not really" as anything that wasn't rusty was worn out!
I've spent the past 2 months gathering the bits for my FSR and she's almost rideable now (just waiting on a replacement cassette to arrive as the one on there is worn).
There is nowt I can't fix on a bike with the right tools and I'm a mine of (mostly obsolete for modern bikes) information on ways to get around not having quite the right tool for many jobs (though I do own the correct tools for chains, BB's and freehubs!).
Favourite place I've ever ridden is a hill in Somerset called Crook Peak
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Just a y2k FSR with some modern bits