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Hi, my name is Vincent Cheng. I have been reading the rec.bicycles.* newsgroups for a few years and have been participating on the mtb mailing list for about 18 months now. Every week, I see the same questions about mountain biking, however, no one has ever taken the time to write a FAQ for mountain biking. Since I have nothing better to do, I have compiled this little FAQ file. Now, you might ask... How is this the official Mountain Biking FAQ? Did someone gave me permission to make it official? Of course not! No one else would take the time to do it, and I'm the first one to actually complete the whole FAQ, therefore, this is the official one. FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO USE THIS FAQ FOR THEIR OWN WEBPAGES, PLEASE CONTACT ME FIRST. THIS IS COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL AND I HAVE 100% LEGAL RIGHT TO THIS. This FAQ is different from most FAQ's you have seen. Most FAQ's are a compilation of articles posted regarding the topics. In this FAQ, most of the material are written by myself. The articles are then later published on the mtb mailing list for editing and revising. In the following sections, the parts that were written by others will have their names on them. I am no expert in the area of mountain biking. I'm only 19 and I have only mountain biked for about 3 years. However, I have been involved in the technical side of cycling for over 6 years. I have worked in various shops and jobs. Because of this, you will see, IMHO, better articles in the tech section of this FAQ by me than in the riding section. I should, however, list my biases about some topics. I ride an older suspension fork. I ride without an expensive bike (relatively speaking). I ride with top mount shifters and discontinued parts. I might not have the latest info on products since I can never afford them, but I try to gain as much info as possible by reading, testing, and listening to others. Remember that this FAQ is not a product review. I try not to list any specific products if I can, however, sometimes it is impossible to do without. Please do not get offended if you are wishing for something different. This FAQ is not very complete. If you see a topic that you think should be covered in this FAQ, please cross-check the rec.bicycles.* FAQ to make sure that it's not covered there. If the article has never been covered, I will try to get enough articles together to publish a FAQ section for it. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include the words--"FAQ" on your message. e.g. "FAQ--*** info". I have received complaints about not replying to some mail, but please be understanding. I get over 200 e-mails a day from various people/groups/lists. It is very hard for me to fish out the FAQ mails without this "FAQ" subject heading. Before I end this, I would like to thank Mike Iglesias (email@example.com) for helping me with the new text format of this FAQ. He is the maintainer of the rec.bicycles.* FAQ and he has agreed to lend me his wonderful format for me to use. Thanks Mike, I owe you one! And to Brian Adams (firstname.lastname@example.org), who edited my FAQ so that it is actually somewhat understandable. I would also like to thanks all you folks out there in cyberspace who have commented on the FAQ. I would especially like to thank the people on the mtb-mailing list (email@example.com, for subcribing info, please see http://www.cycling.org and look under mailing lists. read on for more info) The people on the list are very helpful to my "quest" for a better FAQ. Note to foreign readers, I believe the FAQ has been translated into French, Finnish, and German. If you would like to translate the FAQ into other languages, feel free, but please tell me so that I can keep track. Please do not ask me where these FAQ's are located, because I really have no idea. Well...that's all. Have fun and ride hard.