I was out on one of my local dirt loops earlier this week, warming up my post-covid lungs and legs, riding a drop-bar rigid bike on overgrown mixed-use trails, and I thought of you, Mike. I've been reading your work for as long as I've been riding mountain bikes. Lately I've been feeling some alienation from mainstream mountain biking, as it all seems to be heading in the direction of purpose-built, sanitized trails and bikes that take the edge off. I like the edges! That's the fun part!
Thanks for always keeping it crusty. I'm grateful to know that I'm not alone.