First things first: Today - July 18th, 2017 - I am starting a blog! I don't know how regularly I will stick to this. And I can promise you that it won't be half as eloquent as other blogs out there... but I am excited to start one and to actually have something to talk about and document.
Tabb and I have recently decided to start mountain biking. As you may or may not know, this hobby takes a serious investment, so we debated it for a bit before jumping in. (Our alternative way to spend the money was a trip to Hawaii... Sorry volcanoes, you will have to wait!) I had never mountain biked before, and found myself very overwhelmed with all there is to learn. I am slowly picking up on the main details and thought, "Why not document my evolution from mountain bike know-nothing to mountain biker?" It's been a mere 3 days since we bought our bikes, but boy have things taken off! While it is all still fresh in my mind, I am going to write it down (and post-date it) so that our full journey into the world of mountain bikes is documented.
Why Mountain Bikes?
Tabb's brother Mitch owns an outdoor gear store out in the Teton Valley called Habitat. Mitch and his wife, Erin, are avid mountain bikers - and of course they are fully loaded with all the good gear! Almost everyone in Tabb's family owns a mountain bike. And they don't just own them; they actually use them... on mountains! I've ridden my share of gravel, farm dirt, and railroads, but that is nothing in comparison (more on that later). We don't live in the mountains, but here in St. Louis we are pretty close to the Ozarks, which apparently have some sought-after bike trails. So, in addition to needing to exercise more, enjoying the outdoors, being close to some good trails, being surrounded by bikers, AND having a bike expert as a brother-in-law... it was really only a matter of time before Tabb and I got roped in too!
One of the first things I learned about mountain biking is that MTB is the shorthand for Mountain Bike. Gear, trails, etc. will all be labeled with "MTB" to let you know that it is mountain bike specific. Doesn't take a genius to figure this out, but I thought it would be a nice base for my blog title, Me & Tabb Bike.