by Mark Alker
November 26, 2009
Our Joy of Filth feature in issue 53 consisted of a collection of thoughts from a range of riders but as is often the way with print we weren’t able to publish the whole collection in print. But that’s what our premier Accounts are for! And so here we present Dave’s introduction to the article along with a contribution from Simon Robinson we simply didn’t have room for in the mag.
The Joy of Filth – From Issue 53
Days shortening, temperatures dropping and all accompanied by the turning of the leaves on the trees. Dusty, dry trails are slowly reverting, traction slipping away. These are the signs of an end of summertime. That short season of so called perfect riding. Nirvana. Really?
Here’s the facts.
There’s something special that separates us from the other two wheeled clans; the ability to put up with a bit of hardship. The extra resistance training of plasticine mud, headwinds and sticky tyres. The ability to ride on regardless of the grinding sound that emanates from your expensive drivetrain. The enthusiasm to climb into favourite cold weather gear and face the grimness of it all head on. Rides completed coated in a chafing layer of mud and grit.
What’s that? Not for you? You’re one of the fairweather ones who retreats onto the road, the indoor turbo trainer, or worse still the sofa, sucked into a yawning chasm of self regret, TV and donuts. Don’t worry. It’s just that you’re weak. It’s not your fault; you’re just one of the unlucky ones, the ones that have yet to discover the Joy of Filth.
Lets not kid ourselves here. The filth is hard. The filth is unrelenting. The filth is unmotivation to the power of ten. The filth eats bike parts and riders in equal measure.
But you can learn to love it. Learn to appreciate the fitness it gives, the tweaking of bike handling skills, the friendship that comes from shared rides in shite weather, the opportunity to actually feel alive in this plastic world of ours.
The season of filth is my favourite time of year.
Lets all meet it head on.
Here’s some reflections on the Joy of Filth to get you in the mood, to give you motivation, to get you out on your bike in what is soon to come……….
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