Old school, new school, no idea school. Interesting original post. Only been riding the Shore for two years as I rode mostly road and touring bikes. That all changed one day coming down from a day of skiing on Seymour when I saw a bunch of guys huffing and puffing up to a trail head. I did some asking around bought a bike (that is more bike than Ill probably ever need) and saw the trees instead of the forest. Being a newbie I have no reference point for the old days which I feel is a great advantage. Every day I ride the Shore I love the place more and more. From the easy greenie trails to the more difficult ones that continually knock me on my *ss, I believe The Shore has an amazingly bright future due to the fact that there is a dedicated group of people that build, maintain, lobby, promote and ride it. Bright sunny day or in the pissing rain the place is a sanctuary from the day to day BS of city and working life.
Only regret I have is that in my late forties it takes much longer to heal after I lay myself out on a trail. Thank God for armour.