Feedback is definitely important. However, how it's delivered makes a
difference. For example, the difference between "How about restoring the
optional drop by Feature Z" and "You ruined Trail X-this section sucks" is
pretty big. Also, sometimes a change is because of something a builder had no
control over such as complaints from other users on a multi-use trail or
liability concerns from whoever owns the property the trail is on. A well-
thought-out comment from another rider can provide an opportunity for the
builder to explain why a change was made and to open a dialogue about
potential alternatives (if there are any).
God damn, if spomer wasn't married……I'd so tap that ass.
It's a bit of a navel gazing question as a premise because let's be honest;
riding bikes in the woods for fun doesn't NEED a media. It was fun before the
internet and magazines and still is if you completely ignore those outlets.
The media component is just one grain in a mobius strip that gets known as the
'industry'. People rode bikes before it, and in spite of it because the
activity happens to strike a chord in part of what makes an enjoyable life.
It's already been said on this page but the closer content tends to brush that
fact without patting its own back within its own little mtb universe, the
better, more memorable and profound it becomes. It's just a matter what an
outlet's goal is…..adverts or things people actually will care about. The fact
that you're even asking the question shows which side you want to fall
towards. You guys do about the best job out there.
Seriously. Keep it up, nsmb is an asset. And seb's comment about the moto
media is its own little cautionary tale.
I think what this commenter was getting at, and I agree with, is that bikes
don't necessarily have to be about using the best tool for the job. And that
riding a fat bike makes no less sense than riding an enduro bike, because at
the end of the day we're just riding bicycles in dirt and if we were truly
concerned with utility we would be doing something more sensible with our
time, like working or doing our taxes.
My favorite bike right now is my steel hardtail. My choice in riding that bike
is questioned on a somewhat regular basis with people wondering why on earth
I'm not on a carbon enduroish bike like all my friends. I like the bike
because a part of me WANTS to not be on a bike that makes sense. While I'm not
a fan of fat bikes because of the slow handling, my sentiment for wanting a
less than efficient bike could just as easily lead me to shredding a fatbike
in the bike park on a beautiful summer day.
If I cared about utility I wouldn't be spending thousands of dollars every
year, and two and a half days a week playing in the dirt and getting nothing
productive done other than placing a smile on my face. My favorite activity
now is almost the same now as it was when I rode my first tricycle down the
driveway, and it makes no more sense now than it did then.
It's true. Domestic violence against aluminum is a horribly under-reported
issue in our society. I for one certainly do not support simply sweeping it
under the rug for a video gag. Aluminums is people too!