I started the hobby in the summer after I wrecked my Suzuki Katana (R.I.P.) and I am absolutely hooked. I picked up a Trek 4500 a few days ago and I am loving it. Disc brakes are a huge improvement over the standard ones.
For those who are form IL/IN...
I'm sure most of you have heard of the Palos Hills mountain bike trails. Definitely one of the best spots in the state.
I figured for those of you who are in Indiana/Chicagoland area, we could arrange some sort of meet-up. My buddy and I have been hitting the trails all summer and as they say, the more, the merrier.