I got a mate of mine into mountain biking just over a year ago, built him a 456 and he's definately got the bug - just bought a Stumpy FSR (singlespeed next!).
Anyway, he lives in London and generally rides on his own around the Leith Hill area. I keep telling him to hook up with friendly like-minded STWers, but he rarely uses a computer, so I'm sticking a note up for my 'billy no-mates' pal.
Does anyone fancy inviting a really good bloke out to join a ride or two?