I bought this Trek 850 mountain bike 20 years ago. In the beginning I did a combination of road and off-road riding, so I was putting down miles. I didn’t have a car, so I rode my bike to school. I think I rode my bike every day that year. When I moved to Utah I replaced the rigid fork with a Scott elastomer shock from BikeWorx in Orem. I had problems with my headset, but the shock made a big difference on my first ride in Moab. Then I replaced the Scott shock with a Noleen Chubby LT, giving me almost 5″ of travel. That made a huge difference on Porcupine Rim. About 10 years ago I was able to pick up a Cannondale Gemini on Ebay for $1,600 off retail. It was used and had some older parts on it, but I replaced those over the years. Both bikes have served me well.
After 20 years of riding, I can’t imagine what would happen to my mental state if I wasn’t able to ride anymore. Mountain biking is my favorite sport, and Utah is a great place to ride. Hopefully I will have another 20 years of riding in my future.