Hi I first got to cycling 2 years ago but just plodding afew miles locally to get fit. But last year I was ill the first half and too busy the second half. Then in March this year my husband claims I hit a mid life crisis when I signed up to do a charity bike ride feb 2008 not having been on my bike for over a year. I will be riding about 390k over 5 days with a number of equally mad women. And so the challenge began. By April I abandonded my daughters bike and bought a new one. As we will be riding on and off road I opted for a mountain bike which I love. I only wish I could have afforded the upgrade to have lockable suspension and I am now thinking of getting a spare set of hybrid tyres as I am mostly on the road at the moment though I love the off road stuff too. Any advice from anyone would be greatfully recieved as I seem to be absorbing it all like a sponge and my cycling has improved as a result. I am currently working on uphills which I totally avoided for months, but I am finally tackling them though not sure if my technique is right. Is there a right and wrong way?