Trailgrams: My Wife Bought Me a Mountain Bike
“MY WIFE BOUGHT ME A MOUNTAIN BIKE”
When Steve Heger’s wife bought him a mountain bike, he never knew how far it would take him.
That is exactly what happened to me on my 56th birthday. My wife bought me a 26-inch Trek 3000 hardtail for $500. I didn’t ask for a mountain bike, and I wasn’t sure I wanted one. I promptly stashed it in the garage.
I had always been into weight training and running for my overall fitness and health. Biking had never even occurred to me. But, I had to admit, running was becoming a problem. Pounding the pavement was taking a toll on my knees, so I found myself running on a singletrack trail close to my house. Trail running lessened the impact a bit, but the uneven terrain put additional stress on my knees. One day I looked around and realized there were tire tracks on the trail I’d been running. I thought about that mountain bike sitting in my garage. Hmm.
Steve Heger, from rank beginner to serious racer.
Soon I was riding the trails I used to run. I loved the feeling of being on the bike, and my knees didn’t hurt at all. It was exactly what I wanted—an aerobic workout with no knee pain! But, there was one major obstacle in my way.
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