Thanks Seb, nicely written. I am not quite sure if this, lets call it a
movement, hasn't in fact started already. I grew up riding bikes on hiking
trails in Europe and when I got older, drove to a park twice a year. My trails
had roots, rocks, steepness, exposure and they let me grow naturally. I
progressed due to the nature of trails and what they wanted from me. Today, I
live in Australia, many new trails are manicured, full of berms (berms are fun
don't get me wrong) and many are built due to the need of catering for
everyone. Funnily enough we had some new trails built in my area, technical
ones due to being in a National Park where machines didn't get into and rocks
weren't allowed to be taken away from and people (riders) started to complain
that they are too hard. They are blue ones, if at all but some don't seem to
realise that mountain biking is all about progression. There will always be
trails that you are not comfortable to ride on the first time but thats what
our sport is about, you grow on these trails, you get a better rider, you fall
and get up again. The crowd you are talking about though seems to have a
demand for trails that they can ride once a month without even trying
something new. Many roadies come into the sport around here, nothing against
them I own all kind of bikes, but they are often the type of cashed up guys
the market seems to like so much. Riding ten grand bikes with squeaking chains
(bike needs a service of course) and complaining about roll offs they can't
ride or what I like even better, that they didn't expect to be there. Anyway,
I'm staying positive, mountain biking needs passion and people that don't have
it, will soon enough end up with ten grand bikes in their garage next to their
golf clubs and the treadmill they never use.
This is one of the best writing I had the pleasure to read since…forever.
Thanks Seb for sharing your insights. Funnily enough we have a lot in common I
just realized and you may are the "friend" whos cornering I look up to. May
the berm be with you forever.
This is great guys and I dont want to say too many words. Actually I'd like to
but I dont know how to put them into words 😉 Anyway what I really like to say
is that I come here for the words, to read them, to dream them and to do it
all over again. There is so much stuff out there that doesnt speak to me but
you keep doing so. I love the fact that you guys seem to be so approachable,
down to earth, having a beer with kinda dudes. I can relate to you and thats
what I like about you. I also love the fact that I can be sure to never ever
see an add for ebikes on here, some websites really seem to sell out. Oh yes
and that comes down to being real whatever that is even supposed to mean but
yes you guys are real to me and thats what counts. Anyway, I really do like
words and I come here everday to get my fair share of them.
Its quite funny or rather interesting that most of his crashs were just a lack
of skill. He doesnt even position his feet right sometimes. I loved him back
in the days, not really for his skills but for his balls. He was very
entertaining and Im glad Im not the only one remembering him.
Why do they have to be so ugly? Yep its not about the looks but I cant see
myself wearing these and looking down at me or at my elbows. What a shame.
Currently using some Fox Launch pads I think they are called and loving them.
Never ride without them.