My other half came with me for her first proper off road mtb ride today. She managed a 12 mile yomp around on Woodbury common in Devon.
She's only been riding for a month or so and we recently picked her up a modern Specialized, nothing too special but a huge improvement over the lump of angle iron (Halfrauds special) she was riding.
Not the easiest of places to start out as anyone who's been there will know, lots of very loose surfaces so makes for some very technically challenging up's and down's.
She took a bit of a spill when she got a wheel caught in a muddy rut but dusted herself off and carried on. For someone who's first foray into off-road mtb has come aged just shy of 30 she did brill and I'll well proud of her.
Today was also my first venture into proper off road for at least a decade, I'm in so much pain right now but came home grinning like the proverbial cheshire cat. My old Klein Fervor stood up fairly well but riding a bike that rigid on that surface was a workout and a half. Looking forward to getting some sussers on the front.
All in all, rather an excellent day. Just thought I'd mention that