I have gone over completely to road biking, for several reasons but the main one was that I started to feel really guilty about mountainbiking. At the time of my decision I was living in a remote part of the Adirondacks and I was getting my feet back on the ground after 10 years in NYC. I started backpacking a lot and for anyone who knows about that area it is pretty amazing. In some of the more well traveled back country areas the trails were completely destroyed by MTBs. The tranquility and wildlife were also definitely affected by the "shredding" attitude of said bikers. The forest floor is a delicate structure of moss and small plants which is only now getting reestablished after the logging catastrophe of the 1800s. The bike tires rip through it and the ruts fill with water, the next pack comes through and avoids the ruts, making a new set... and so on. That area is especially sensitive but even in hardier areas the high speed riding scares wildlife and disturbs the peace so to say. I am wondering what you folks think about this, how many ride in "designated areas". How many of you have similar concerns? How many of you want to burn a tire on my lawn?